As I spend time wading through REF submissions for our Institute, I harbour ever darker thoughts on evaluating papers and journals. Why has the “system” become so bogged down in a crazy recursive logic that I cannot do something interesting? Research and Teaching become almost displacement activities.
I will post at some length on the subject in the future, meanwhile, as much a reminder to me as anything else, an excellent post by Michael Eisen on Scholarly Publishing, which is well worth reading.
Also, a new journal. No, not one filling a perceived vacuum, filled by Nature, but a New Journal. Working along somewhat different lines to the PLOS family, including the cost: PeerJ.