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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Education research in PeerJ?

From: Alan Cann To: authors@peerj.com 12 June 2012
What is the scope of PeerJ - will it provide peer review for articles in education?
Thanks, -- AJ Cann, Leicester, UK.

From: Peter Binfield To: Alan Cann 12 June 2012
The scope initially is restricted to Research Articles in the Biomedical and Medical sciences. So we aren’t setting out to publish education (or other ‘social’ sciences for example) but if it were an article with direct relevance to medical education for example, then I could see it being in scope. It is a similar problem that I had at PLoS ONE – there are large grey areas around the core scope of a journal like this which have to be considered on a case by case basis
Does that help?
-- Peter Binfield, PhD Co-Founder and Publisher, PeerJ

From: Alan Cann 09:03 To: Peter Binfield 13 June 2012
Hi Peter, thanks for the prompt reply.
I've been campaigning for the past couple of years for an arXiv-like system for education research papers, and I'd rather not try to set up something free standing now that we have PeerJ (or soon will have). I completely understand the focus on biomedical research, but freed from the constraints of print journals, I wonder if there's not room for PeerJ to cover a number of areas, just as arXiv now does?
Would you mind if I made this discussion public when I blog about PeerJ? No problem if you'd rather I didn't.
Thanks, -- AJ Cann, Leicester, UK.

From: Peter Binfield To: Alan Cann 17 June 2012 04:41
Apologies for the delayed reply (it has been busy!) - by all means feel free to blog about this.
There are a few possible options for the articles you are talking about though - SAGE Open; the Social Sciences Directory (http://www.socialsciencesdirectory.com/index.php/socscidir) and the SSRN. Any of these might be worth a look.
-- Peter Binfield, PhD Co-Founder and Publisher, PeerJ





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