Nature started it with its recently begun open peer review trial, and PLoS got on board with its own announcement of a new interactive journal, PLoS ONE. Now, The Daily Transcript reports that Cell has also joined the latest trend by allowing reader comments on some of its articles. What’s the catch? Comments will only be open on one “highlighted” paper each issue. That’s too bad, because I was just reading an older Cell paper today that seemed to raise more questions than it answered….
Interestingly, Alex Palazzo of The Daily Transcript raises an important point at the end of his post by mentioning the connection to open access. Despite all of these recent attempts to allow more open feedback on the scientific literature, information won’t truly flow freely until journals operate under an open access model.