With all due respect to journal editors and publishers, I am growing
frustrated with the amount of time and effort it takes to get papers
published. Manuscripts must be typed, mailed, sent out to referees,
reviewed, sent back to editors, mailed back to authors, revised (almost
always), resubmitted, reviewed again (possibly), accepted (hopefully), sent
to the printer, published, and finally mailed to subscribers and libraries.
The internet has provided us with a wonderful opportunity to reduce
significantly the amount of time and effort needed to publish papers,
without jeopardizing "quality," and I think that we as parasitologists and
biologists should take advantage of this medium.
Thus, I think it's time for a new parasitology journal, one that is
published exclusively on the internet. All of the journal's business,
including submissions, reviews, and publication, would be handled
electronically, and the publication would be available freely to anyone with
access to the internet.
Assuming that all the logistics could be worked out, how do readers of this
NG feel about this? Do you think that we are ready for such a journal?
Dr. Peter W. Pappas
Professor, Department of EEOB
The Ohio State University
1735 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
pappas.3 at osu.edu