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Journal of the future

This page is a copy of Wikiversity:Journal of the future. For background, see this original post (in German) and this commentary (in English). For discussion, see Talk page or here.

Core criteria

Need some more profiling to reduce overlap, and brushing to improve flow.

  1. Dynamics: Research is a process. The journal of the future provides a platform for continuous and rapid publishing of workflows and other information pertaining to a research project, and for updating any such content by its original authors or collaboratively by relevant communities.
  2. Reproducibility: The open access to all relevant core elements of a publication facilitates the verification and subsequent use of published content. The scientific journal of the future requires the publication of detailed methodologies, including data and code, that form the basis of any research project.
  3. Review: The critical, transparent and impartial examination of drafts submitted by the professional community enhances the quality of publications. The scientific journal of the future supports post-publication peer review, and qualified reviews of submitted content shall always be made public.
  4. Transparency: Disclosure of conflicts of interest creates transparency. The journal of the future promotes transparency by requiring its editorial board, the editors and the authors to disclose both existing and potential conflicts of interest with respect to a publication and to make explicit their contributions to any publication.
  5. Access: Free access to scientific knowledge, and permissions to re-use and re-purpose it, are an invaluable source for research, innovation and education. The journal of the future provides legally and technically barrier-free access to its contents, along with clearly stated options for re-use and re-purposing.
  6. Presentation: Digitization opens up new opportunities to provide content, such as through semantic and multimedia enrichment. The scientific journal of the future adheres to open Web standards and creates a framework in which the technological possibilities of the digital media can be exploited by authors, readers and machines alike, and content remains continuously linkable.
  7. Scope: Online audiences are not homogeneous. The journal of the future recognizes that its readers will have many different backgrounds, so it does not limit its scope in terms of topic or methodology, as long as the above criteria are being met, and it requires content to be presented and linked in a way to reduce as much as possible barriers associated with area-specific technical language.
  8. Sustainability: Resources are limited. The journal of the future is online only and financially self-sustaining. Considerations of its ecological footprint are reflected in its design and production.

Practical test

During Open Access Week 2010, the criteria shall be put to a first practical test by being applied to an alphabetic range of publishing platforms, listed below. The scoring method is still evolving. Everyone is welcome to add some more journals. Numbers in parentheses represent an estimate for the relative weight of these criteria (they add up to 100% over all criteria). Since editing wikitables is not very convenient, I turned this one into a collaboratively editable spreadsheet, embedded into the original scaffold below. See also blog commentary.

Platform General comments Dynamics (25)
  • continuous publishing
  • rapid publication
  • updatability
  • collaborative editing
Reproducibility (25)
  • published with detailed methodology
  • published with open source code
  • published with open data
Review (25)
  • reviews by experts
  • reviews public
  • post-publication peer review
Transparency (5)
  • disclosure by journals
  • disclosure by Editorial Board members
  • disclosure by editors
  • disclosure by authors
  • clear statement of author contributions
Access (5)
  • clearly stated copyright status
  • free access
  • allows derivative work
  • allows commercial reuse
  • no share-alike requirement
  • no attribution requirement
Presentation (5)
  • multimedia enhancement
  • semantic enhancement
  • machine-readable
  • long-term preservation
Scope (5)
  • no scope limit
  • plain language
  • links for background
Sustainability (5)
  • online only
  • submissions in online format or compatible
  • economically viable
Total score (100)
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Biochemical Journal ToDo
Biology Direct ToDo
Cell ToDo
Differentiation ToDo
[E] ToDo
[F] ToDo
[G] ToDo
[H] ToDo
[I] ToDo
Journal of Neuroscience No more Supplementary Materials
[K] ToDo
[L] ToDo
Medical Hypotheses ToDo
  • No scope limit
  • Magazine
Nucleic Acids Research ToDo
Ocean Science ToDo
  • No scope limit
  • No impact guesstimation
[Q] ToDo
RNA Biology ToDo
  • Wiki
  • Review journal
[T] ToDo
[U] ToDo
[V] ToDo
Wikipedia (English)
[X] ToDo
[Y] ToDo
ZooKeys ToDo


The formula used in field AQ7 of the spreadsheet: =D7*$D$6+E7*$E$6+F7*$F$6+G7*$G$6+I7*$I$6+J7*$J$6+K7*$K$6+M7*$M$6+N7*$N$6+O7*$O$6+Q7*$Q$6+R7*$R$6+S7*$S$6+T7*$T$6+U7*$U$6+W7*$W$6+X7*$X$6+Y7*$Y$6+Z7*$Z$6+AA7*$AA$6+AB7*AB$6+AD7*$AD$6+AE7*$AE$6+AF7*$AF$6+AG7*$AG$6+AI7*$AI$6+AJ7*$AJ$6+AK7*$AK$6+AM7*$AM$6+AN7*$AN$6+AO7*$AO$6

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