Adam Ratner, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology at Columbia University. He is one of the first people to join the Editorial Board at PLoS ONE and is now our Section Editor for Infectious Diseases. We talked over Skype about medicine, Open Access, PLoS and the world of scientific publishing. ...
BZ: What was it that attracted you to PLoS ONE in the first place?
The following year, when PLoS announced the founding of PLoS ONE, I was intrigued. ...
BZ: How does the peer-review process on PLoS ONE work? What is the standard of peer-review on PLoS ONE?
AR: In some ways, the review system in PLoS ONE is very similar to other journals in the areas of infectious diseases or microbiology, yet in other ways it is very different. The process is identical to other journals in that manuscripts are sent out to reviewers who do their job seriously and apply the same scientific standards to the work. On the other hand, it makes a huge difference that no manuscript is rejected early because “it is not of interest to us” - there are none of those limitations.
Thus, the reviewing process is rigorous - reviewers are evaluating if the work is hypothesis driven, is the work of high quality, and are conclusions supported by the data, but not trying to meet any subjective criteria. ...
BZ: What would you say is the ‘best’ paper you have handled and why?
BZ: And finally, what would you say is the thing about Open Access that most excites you?
AR: There is a social justice aspect to Open Access that I find particularly compelling. Especially, as we just mentioned, in the international sphere: making sure that all the existing medical knowledge is available to physicians everywhere on the planet. ...
Gavin Baker at 4/13/2009 05:39:00 PM.
The open access movement:
Putting peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature
on the internet. Making it available free of charge and
free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Removing the barriers to serious research.