Archive by category | Technical solutions

Open forums and pseudoscience

The Nature Precedings forum on Nature Network is featuring a stimulating and thoughtful discussion about how to handle pseudoscience postings. Santosh Patnaik writes: “Though Nature Precedings screens submissions for pseudo-scientific content, it is possible for such a submission to get through. An example might be ”http://precedings.nature.com/documents/579/version/1″>this article on Nature Precedings: this website suggests that the authors are supporting “creationism/intelligent design.” This leads one to wonder how pseudo-science is identified, and what the policy is towards accepted articles that are later identified as pseudo-scientific.”  … Read more

Nature Precedings is live

Nature Precedings is now out of “beta testing” and is launched. This new community service is described at Nautilus, the NPG blog for present and future authors. Submissions are screened by our professional curation team for relevance and quality, but are not subjected to peer review. High-quality contributions from biology, medicine (except clinical trials), chemistry and the Earth sciences are welcomed.  Read more

A new form of post-publication peer-review

See Nature Reports Stem Cells for a fresh perspective on a paper reporting a technique for cloning from zygotes. In this fortnight’s Inside the Paper, a new form of scientific reporting pioneered by Nature Reports Stem Cells, you can read a moderated discussion between the authors and the paper’s peer-reviewers. Readers can learn what the foremost experts in the field had to say about the submitted paper’s strengths and shortcomings. See what the authors saw, and read their responses as they revised their paper for eventual publication in Nature. You can also add your own comments on The Niche, the Nature Reports Stem Cells blog.  Read more

A peer-reviewed blog journal?

In A Blog Around The Clock : Two Cultures, Coturnix writes about his surprise that the humanities seem more reluctant to experiment with peer-review systems than the scientific community. Coturnix describes his experiences of selecting posts for blog “carnivals” (themed collections of posts on one blog by various authors), and suggests that a peer-reviewed online blog-journal is the next logical step, or as he puts it: “I’d love to see publication of blogging anthologies collecting the best annual output by medical, environmental, education and humanities bloggers.”  … Read more

Catalogue of life passes the one million mark

The Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life will become the comprehensive catalogue of all known species of organisms on Earth. Started in 2000, it is hoped to be complete by the year 2011. As things stand, the catalogue has just reached 1,008,965 species: probably just more than half of the world’s known species. (The final total is expected to be around 1.75 million.)  … Read more