75: Overlay journals (with Daniele Marinazzo)

Episode 75 · January 7th, 2019 · 58 mins 18 secs

About this Episode

We’re joined by Daniele Marinazzo (University of Ghent) to chat about the recently launched overlay journal Neurons, Behavior, Data analysis and Theory (NBDT), for which he on the Editorial Board.

An overlay journal is organised a set of manuscripts that is published and hosted by a seperate entity (in this case, the Arxiv server), a feature that dramatically reduces publication costs. We discuss the unique overlay model, how this can drive article fees to essentially zero, and what it takes to build a good community journal.

Here’s what we cover:

  • Why launch a new neuroscience journal and how is it different from currently established journals?
  • The unique way that editor’s decide which papers to send out for review
  • How does the journal operate when it’s open access and submissions only cost $10?
  • How do you build a journal that your target community will recognise as a ‘good’ journal?
  • The process of submitting a manuscript to NBDT
  • Should journals allow or encourage authors to suggest potential reviewers for their papers?
  • Using Twitter to find reviewers based on who’s ‘liked’ the preprint
  • Is posting a preprint on twitter actually useful?
  • What can neuroscience learn from the field of physics?
  • Authorship attribution
  • How can a journal better champion early career researchers?


NBDT journal: https://nbdt.scholasticahq.com
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Music credits: Lee Rosevere freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/

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