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Knol Vs Biomedical Journals

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An interesting tentative from a Consultant to compare publishing in free wikis instead of peer-reviewed channels.

The article starts with te list of well-known issues of the traditional publishing system.

Traditional article publication in top rated peer reviewed biomedical journals suffers from low acceptance rates, high page and public view charges, long delays from submission to publication, variable citation impact, loss of copyright and negligible returns to authors. (…)

The second problem is the delay in publication in traditional journals, due to editorial and referee review, comments and changes. For an article dealing with fast moving incoming data and changes, it means that the article is outdated even before publication? (…)

Many biomedical journals have strict limitation on number of word count, Tables, figures, photos and references based on classification of articles. (…)

Editors of top 5 medical journals with high impact factor, aggressively court top pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to publish results of clinical trials of new drugs, known drugs in new indications and landmark or outcome trials (…) Almost all medical journals print Special Supplement Issues for a new drug or its new uses and indications. (…)

Biomedical journals with high Citation and Impact Factor charge authors over $1000 per page for publishing (…)

Then, the author advocates for Knol as a promising alternative:

“The launch of the Knol project offered an alternative test medium for instant publication” (…)

Ability to instant knol publication helps establish priority for authors and their ideas” (…)

BUT the author concludes

For me the knol project remains experimental and needs cleanup and improvements. I will continue to publish articles in traditional biomedical journals covering biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry

Maggon, Krishan. Publishing in knol vs Biomedical Journals. Online:

N.B.: according the platform, in several knols, over 30-50% of the readers are from the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry. In this article, the author gives also a list of sources about plagiarism in Science


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November 19, 2009 at 8:32 pm

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