For my third blog post “Open Access”, I choose to describe the details of a peer-reviewed and online open access journal “Scientific Reports” that falls under nature publishing group from the United Kingdom. This journal publishes research related to natural sciences. On their website, they state that they look for research (quality wise) that is:
- “Scientifically valid
- High technical quality
- Methodologically, analytically, statistically and ethically robust
- Comprehensively analysed
- Convincing, with claims fully supported by data
- Discussed in context of previous literature
- An original contribution to existing knowledge
- Not overstated or exaggerated”
They describe “increased citation and usage, greater public engagement, faster impact, broader collaboration, and increased interdisciplinary interaction” as the benefits of open access publication.
What I really like about this journal is that it lets you publish based on the correctness of the methodology and the analysis of the findings rather than its impact or significance. This points back to ethics where we learned about researchers falsifying data in an attempt to publish breakthrough results. It seems to me that we can have a better check on data falsification by introducing more open access journals like this, where scientists are encouraged to submit technically sound data without having to stress about the broad application of their work.