Megajournals and what they mean for the future of scientific publishing

Authors

  • Damian Pattinson Public Library of Science

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.7557/5.3035

Keywords:

Megajournals

Abstract

Since it launched five years ago, PLOS ONE has redefined the scientific journal. The broad publication criteria and lack of page limit allowed PLOS ONE to grow at a rate never seen before in the industry, to a level where it needed its own category: the Megajournal. Recently, other publishers have sought to emulate the success of PLOS ONE with releases of their own megajournals. These new journals all have similar properties: full Open Access, editorial criteria based on sound science and not on significance or impact, fast turnaround, broad scope. In this talk I shall discuss the features of megajournals, their benefits and weaknesses, and what their arrival means for the future of scientific publishing.

Author Biography

Damian Pattinson, Public Library of Science

Executive Editor, PLoS ONE

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Published

2014-07-11