Science Communication Is Broken. Let’s Fix It.
The first scientific journals appeared in the late 17th century, when exclusive groups of scientists in Britain and France began recording their results for posterity. Only select aristocrats could participate in the endeavor of research, and their social circles were formalized in organizations like the Royal Society. Science was closed to the public.
Since then very little has changed. Societies for science still only accept well-established scientists who pay large membership dues. Journals of science are still only distributed to and read by paying subscribers: research institutions and rich scientists. Science communication is outdated.
The term “peer-reviewed journal” has become imbued with a connotation of thoroughness and prestige that masks its true identity. In reality there are over 10,000 journals worldwide, and scientists compete for spots in the most expensive and prestigious ones. Both scientists and their readers face ridiculous charges: thousands of dollars and $30-plus per article, respectively. Publishers claim these funds are necessary for the almighty sacred cow of research publishing: peer review. In reality, though, the costs for the minor review changes made to initial manuscripts is far lower, and the benefits are negligible. The peer-review process is slow and can actually block innovative ideas. Some scientists —> Read More Here