open access


The Open Access Debate Continues

Posted 27 February 2013 by Jalees Rehman

The New England Journal of Medicine has just published four articles that comment on the issue of "open access". I will list these four articles and briefly comment on the two papers which are critical of open access publishing. 1. The Downside of Open-Access Publishing by Charlotte Haug This article discusses potential problems associated with open access publishing but also conflates the issue of open access with the issue of inadequate peer review, as can be seen in this excerpt: Of course, the... Read more

Great Expectations For Scientific Publication: How Digital Publishing Is Helping Science

Posted 22 November 2012 by Jalees Rehman

I recently came across a rant that lamented the advent of digital publishing, open access publishing and self-publishing in science. The rant was published in the Huffington Post as a “digital” blog post (ah, the irony), entitled “50 Shades of Grey in Scientific Publication: How Digital Publishing Is Harming Science”. It was reminiscent of the rants that might have been uttered by calligraphers who were upset about the emergence of Gutenberg’s printing press or concerns of European aristocrats in the... Read more