Several journals are trying to innovate the way scientists publish their results. I’ve recently been contacted by F1000 to review an article. Articles sent to F1000 are almost immediately published, as are the comments from the referees. I quite like the feeling of public comments, the author know who I am and I’m feeling like it enforces the discussion over pure judgement on the work submitted. It’s also a gain of time for the referee who doesn’t have to use proxies and other subterfuges to hide his/her identity.
After writing the review, I started digging a bit more into the F1000 websites for other features and I ended to this blog page which describes what I think should be a must have for any journal publishing articles that contains any piece of software: http://blog.f1000research.com/2013/10/11/open-access-software-our-recent-software-repository-collaborations/.
F1000 allow authors to publish the source code (and meta data) on a dedicated github repository. This means that
- the source code is made available on a public repository (and won’t disappear if the submitter’s web site is closed)
- it will always be possible to go back to the version of the software which has been used to generate the published data, even if updates are made later.
I’m wondering if other publishers are proposing similar features.