I know we need a new journal like we need a good poke in the eye. But I got fired up by the recent discussion of open science (by Paul Krugman and others) and the seriously misguided Research Works Act- that aimed to make it illegal to deposit published papers funded by the government in Pubmed central or other open access databases.
I also realized that I spend a huge amount of time/effort on the following things: (1) waiting for reviews (typically months), (2) addressing reviewer comments that are unrelated to the accuracy of my work - just adding citations to referees papers or doing additional simulations, and (3) resubmitting rejected papers to new journals - this is a huge time suck since I have to reformat, etc. Furthermore, If I want my papers to be published open-access I also realized I have to pay at minimum $1,000 per paper.
So I thought up my criteria for an ideal statistics journal. It would be accurate, have fast review times, and not discriminate based on how interesting an idea is. I have found that my most interesting ideas are the hardest ones to get published. This journal would:
- Be open-access and free to publish your papers there. You own the copyright on your work.
- The criteria for publication would be: (1) it has to do with statistics, computation, or data analysis, (2) is the work is technically correct.
- We would accept manuals, reports of new statistical software, and full length research articles.
- There would be no page limits/figure limits.
- The journal would be published exclusively online.
- We would guarantee reviews within 1 week and publication immediately upon review if criteria (1) and (2) are satisfied
- Papers would receive a star rating from the editor - 0-5 stars. There would be a place for readers to also review articles
- All articles would be published with a tweet/like button so they can be easily distributed
- Review of: Jeff’s Paper
- Technically Correct: Yes
- About statistics/computation/data analysis: Yes
- Number of Stars: 3 stars
- 3 Strengths of Paper (1 required):
- This paper revolutionizes statistics
- 3 Weakness of Paper (1 required):
- * The proof that this paper revolutionizes statistics is pretty weak
- because he only includes one example.
- Would you ever consider submitting a paper to such a journal?
- Would you be willing to be one of the AEs for such a journal?
- Is there anything you would change?