Wednesday, April 11, 2012
eLife? Don't make me eLaugh
You may have heard about eLife, the Wellcome Trust's push towards open access science publishing. While I support the concept and the ambition, this move has one huge flaw.
I understand that the Wellcome Trust does not want to go head to head with the Government on policy, but while 80% of the supposed credit measurement in the REF panels Wellcome is involved with is determined by impact factors, eLife - which will not have one initially, then later will be far below Nature and Science - will not achieve its objectives beyond window dressing.
Wellcome - why? Just politics?
Update: I may have done eLife a disservice.