Scientists ask, peer review on fast track at what price?

A fast-track peer-review trial is in the news. A Nature Publishing Group (NPG) -owned journal’s editorial board member has resigned in protest over a pilot project where researchers pay for faster peer review. Mark Maslin, a professor at University College London, announced on Twitter earlier this month that he had resigned from the editorial advisory panel. He is bothered that the policy could create a divide between researchers who are poorly funded and their richer colleagues, both taking separate publishing routes. He said, “I think it is setting up a two-tier system.” —> Read More