Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Nature Publishing Group Goes Head to Head with PLoS ONE

Nature Publishing Group is launching yet another journal: Scientific Reports. It is an open access journal with the same $US1,350 publication fee as PLoS ONE. Nature recently launched another journal: Nature Communications that charges a $US5,000 open access fee, which is higher than any of the PLoS journals and the highest publication fee that I've seen. It's not a pure open access journal though. The new journal has the same editorial policy as PLoS ONE: "It will not set a threshold of perceived importance for the papers that it publishes; rather, Scientific Reports will publish all papers that are judged to be technically valid and original." The initial editorial board composition suggests that this journal will be less biology focused than PLoS ONE. Actually, they will not accept papers on clinical research, so their niche is a little different to PLoS ONE.

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