Archive for October, 2013

Weeks ago John Bohannon authored Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?, an article published in Science. This article questioned the model of open access. In reality the article address the issue related to the predatory Open Access but do not stand neither as a supporter for Open Access in general.

Here below I list some articles and posts that I have found really interesting about the topic.

What’s “open” got to do with it?
I confess, I wrote the Arsenic DNA paper to expose flaws in peer-review at subscription based journals – See more at:
New “sting” of weak open-access journals.
Science Magazine Rejects Data, Publishes Anecdote
John Bohannon’s peer-review sting against Science
Who’s Afraid of Open Access?
The Troubled Peer Review System, the Open Access Wars, & the Blurry Line Between Human Subjects Research & Investigative Journalism
Open access is not the problem – my take on Science’s peer review “sting”
What Science’s “Sting Operation” Reveals: Open Access Fiasco or Peer Review Hellhole?
Science’s Straw Man Sting
The Scientific Publishing Sting: a Missed Opportunity?


Science needs to go Open

Posted: October 29, 2013 in Neuroscience

Knowledge is a right! Do we agree on that?
Science and technology are necessary for our society! Do we agree on that?
Science is knowledge and viceversa! Do we agree on that?

Well…if you answered YEAH to all the questions listed above you’re a good kid.
But here we go with a difficult question: Should science be OPEN?

Modern societies should be based on universal values of sharing, availability and accessibility. Scientific research, which contribute to improve modernity and wellness, should incorporate all these values in a unique soul. Unfortunately unhealthy competition and financial crisis are destroying the beauty of science. Scientific research is sick and scientists are powerless in providing new therapies for such disease.
Today movements of the Open System (Open Data, Open Access, Open Knowledge, Open Science, Open Government etc) are becoming more and more useful tools for improving our scientific system. People start discussing, debating, doubting, proposing and sharing! All of this is extremely good and promising, the symptom of a change that slowly will shake up our rusty world, thus bringing new life and fresh restart.