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comment by Cumol
Cumol  ·  2933 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Gates Foundation announces world’s strongest policy on open access research

I really hope the trend will continue.

Looking at my boss now and previous ones, they are all obsessed with publishing high. They always ask "What experiments can I do to publish in Nature?" And the answers are always such things as "hot topic", "crazy novelty", "we need mice, loads of mice".

I sat in a few boards to chose news profs. fot my previous university. No one in the board cared about the number or quality of the publications. Only about the amount of high impact publications.

They also didn't care about whether the new prof. had any experience with teaching etc.

I hated that, and still do. Force these fuckers to publish in open access journals. Science should be available to anyone...

Now for the DFG (the "German NIH") I really hope that they do that too!

mk  ·  2932 days ago  ·  link  ·  

One great thing about a Nature or Science paper is the size of the audience. However, I probably read more PLOS articles than I do Nature now. I don't get journals at the library, or by mail. Just via PubMed.

Cumol  ·  2932 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That's the problem. The audience is focused on nature and science publications...

Our journal club only has high impact publications because "we want to get to that standard" but there are so many good plosone publications etc.

Do you know how much a university pays for access to all nature journals for example? Would be interesting to know.

My uni has access to some nature journals, but funnily, not to Nat. Communications where we have published ourselves (!!!)

So I end up using libgen or /r/scholar