On plummeting manuscript acceptance rates by the main ecological journals and the progress of ecology.
Reviews on F1000:
Hector A: 2012. F1000.com/717950080#eval793153059
Norton D: 2012. F1000.com/717950080#eval793458341
I particularly like the questions raised in the reviews as they are pertinent to my own publication dilemmas, where as an early career researcher I'm aware that I'm likely to be judged not only on the number of papers but also the impact factor or rank of the journal I publish in.
- Is high selectivity (and rejection rates) at journals the best system for advancing science?
- Should a paper be judged by the journal it is in or would article-level metrics do a better job?
- Do we need journals any more or would we be better with a repository in the Cloud?
- Should all publicly-funded research be open access (as is increasingly the case in medicine)?
- Are new initiatives, such as PLoS, Frontiers, eLife, and Faculty of 1000's new publishing initiative F1000 Research, the way forward?
- Should academics in the 'more mature' stages of their careers, and for whom promotion is less of an issue, endeavor to publish research through these new publishing initiatives to counter the institutionalized emphasis on impact factor?
- why are we so focused on quantity and what happened to the in-depth research projects or reviews of key issues that used to be published?
"I was concerned recently to hear a colleague say that a book was less important than a traditional published paper in terms of research quality – but a book might reflect the results of many years work and provide a synthesis of a considerable body of research, including much reflection; surely this is of more value to ecology than simply publishing the latest bit of data that reaches publishable size that can squeezed out of an experiment or field trial?"