Insight Journal is interesting

A comment that’s available via the BOAI Forum Archive, posted by Luis Ibanez on December 11, 2007, describes the Insight Journal, a very interesting “Post-Publication-Peer-Reviewed-Open-Access-E-Journal” for the medical image analysis community. An excerpt from the comment:

[A] main focus of this journal is to empower readers to perform verification of reproducibility by asking authors to post along with their papers *all* the material that is required for reproducing the work that is described in the paper. In this way, serious peer-review can actually be performed, instead of being limited to the decadent practice of most journals where only “opinions” from the reviewers are considered to be an acceptable peer-review.

Publication is automatic in the Insight Journal, and then papers are made available for public (anonymous and non-anonymous) peer-review online.

Added December 16, 2007:

For an example of an article that’s been published in the Insight Journal, see: Principles and Practices of Scientific Originology by Luis Ibanez, presented at the ISC/NA-MIC Workshop on Open Science at MICCAI 2007, Brisbane, Australia, November 2, 2007.

For an example of papers currently open for public review in the Insight Journal, see those under the heading: ISC/NA-MIC Workshop on Open Science at MICCAI 2007.

For an example of public reviews, see: Data, data everywhere, nor an image to read – Finding open image databases by David R Holmes III and Richard A Robb, Paper ID 167, ISC/NA-MIC Workshop on Open Science at MICCAI 2007. It’s about the concept of open-data centralization.

This journal seems to be able to attract post-publication reviewers. Other experiments along these lines have been less successful. See the examples mentioned by Mark Ware in: Why don’t researchers like to comment on journal articles? (putting down a marker blog, 24 August 2007).


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