"Molecular Vision": WWW & Peer Review ?

Alexander Berezin berezin at MCMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA
Tue Dec 5 20:59:41 EST 1995

On 5 Dec 1995, Jeffrey H. Boatright wrote:

> The article 3A Polymorphic Trinucleotide Repeat at DXS8170 in the Critical
> Region of X-Linked Retinitis Pigmentosa Locus RP3 at Xp21.12 has been
> published in the Web journal _Molecular Vision_  at:
> http://www.emory.edu/MOLECULAR_VISION/index.html
> Molecular Vision is a peer-reviewed Web journal dedicated to the



If you do it by posting ALL submitted articles and THEN
letting all (signed) comments be added to it, this is
a great path of knowledge dissemenation in the electronic
age. However, if you are still using the  "traditional" 
(anonymous) peer review, i.e. send "papers" to the (unknown 
to the author) anonymous reviewers and then post ONLY the 
articles approved by them, then such proceedure is pretty 
meaningless and contr-productive.

For the paper-bound journals you may still see some 
validity in the argument that the cost of paper,  
editing, printing, etc may justify some limitations on what 
is published, but certainly not for the electronic 
journals - it is much easier to accept everything [ related 
to the topic, of course and this can be easily defined by
editor without peer reviewers ] and then let people (readers) 
to post openly their feedback. I suggest you adopt this format,
unless you use it already (if this is is the case than 
my best congratulation for the initiative). Despite that some 
may not like it, the electronic interactive publishing is in, 
and peer review is out. This intellectual pathology (anonymous 
peer review) should be put at rest where is belongs - in 
the 20th century.

Alexander A. Berezin, PhD
Department of Engineering Physics
McMaster University, Hamilton,
Ontario, Canada, L8S 4L7
tel. (905) 525-9140 ext. 24546
> dissemination of research results in molecular and cell biology and
> genetics of the visual system (ocular and cortical).The journal accepts
> research articles, short reports, technical notes (*not necessarily
> vision-related*), and invited reviews. 
> Manuscripts should be sent (via email or regular mail) to:
> Dr. Jeffrey H. Boatright
> Suite B5500
> Emory Eye Center
> 1327 Clifton Road
> Atlanta, GA 30322
> jboatri at emory.edu
> Thank you for your time,
> Jeff Boatright

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