World-class research institutions to launch top-tier biomedical and life sciences journal
Munich/London/ Chevy Chase – The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust have announced they will launch a top-class biomedical open access journal by summer 2012. It will be aimed at streamlining the time from discovery to publication, supporting new concepts beyond mainstream research and will be peer-reviewed by active top-class researchers. „The ultimate goal is to attract the very best research papers from life science and biomedical research“, representatives of the institutions, which agreed to cover costs of launching the journal, announced yesterday. For the biopharmaceutical industry the journal offers early identification of novel concepts and options for a more timely translation into clinical concepts. „There was a need for a model of academic publishing that better suits to the needs of the scientific community than journals that need 6 to 12 months from submission to publication, that ask for additional experiments to be carried out before publication and that take fees for publication“, a spokesman of the Max Planck Society told EuroBiotechNews. „This will be a journal from scientists for scientists“, explained Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust.
„A journal, which aims to represent the very best research outcomes, needs an editorial team of experienced and, crucially, actively practising scientists“, added Herbert Jaeckle, VP of the Max Planck Society. The institutions are yet in the stage of developing a business model for their joint-venture but have already agreed not to take fees-for-publication in the first 3-4 years to ensure nobody can buy a publication. „It is central to find an editor-in-chief who has a network of top-class researchers and who can attract top-class groups to publish in this new open access journal“, the Max Planck spokesman added. The institutions next will carry out market research to design the journal according to the needs of researchers. The plan to launch an alternative to the established journals was developed by about 30 top researchers from the research organisations following a workshop in 2010 at HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus.