Nobel Prize Winner to Boycott Leading Science Journals

Randy Schekman, a professor at UC Berkeley and co-winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, announced Monday in a “Comment” piece in The Guardian that his lab would stop submitting research articles to Nature, Cell, and Science, which he describes as “luxury journals.”

He has taken this action because of what he describes as “inappropriate incentives”: their practice of publishing articles about the most attention-getting research rather than the best/most important research. He proposes publishing in open-access journals edited by working scientists instead and encourages universities and funding agencies to consider the quality of the published research rather than the outlet in which it appeared.

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