Science 3.0: The future of science online
The concept of "Science 2.0" was introduced to describe the new generation of online-based tools for researchers allowing easier data sharing, collaboration and publishing. The next wave would be "Science 3.0". Here are some of my thoughts about Science 3.0:
- Teif V.B. (2016). "Online tools for researchers" (Slides of the talk, University of Essex)
- Teif V.B. (2014). On the Sociology of Science 2.0. In "Opening Science: The Evolving Guide on How the Internet is Changing Research, Collaboration and Scholarly Publishing", Eds. S. Bartling, S. Friesike. Springer, 2014. | Order book online |
- Teif V.B. (2013). Science 3.0: Corrections to the Science 2.0 paradigm. | ArXiv:1301.2522 |
Science 2.0 links
The links bellow refer to the current state of online science, the so-called "Science 2.0":
Scientific forums. Historically, online discussions started from mailing lists (now rarely used) and forums (still actively used today). There are several successful forums in the field of molecular biology, each of the forums below having about 20,000 registered users:
Brainstorming hubs. Currently there are not many of them, probably because the methodology has yet to be developed. They offer money for solutions of realistic problems such as patent data search or commercially relevant developments by connecting problem solvers with problem providers. Here are several selected web sites: ideaconnection.com, innocentive.com, ninesigma.com, innoget.com, bluepatent.com.
Scientific (social) networking. This is a trend in online science, which follows a general trend of social networking on the web. Main sites which already connect about a million of scientists are Twitter.com, LinkedIn.com, ResearchGate.net and Academia.edu. A list including some less known sites can be found here.
Free high quality journals [relevant to gene regulation]
List of high quality journals which do not charge author's fees:
Following requests from many scientists who have concerns about paying author's fees to get their research published in a journal (whether it is an open-access or a traditional journal), we are starting below a list of Free High Quality Journals, which do not charge any article fees. To keep focused, we will only list journals directly relevant to the field of gene regulation.
Free -- determined by whether the author is mandatory required to pay for the publication in the journal or not (this excludes optional payments, such as optional open-access, optional color figures, optional language correction services, etc). Some open-access journals declared that they temporarily allow free submissions (e.g. for the first several years); such journals will be also included in the list below.
High quality -- determined by the overall journal's quality as based on the composition of the editorial board, editorial policies, thorough peer-review, reasonable Impact Factor (if the journal is >3 years old), and/or reasonable journal ranking within its scientific field. Google Scholar and other free Open Science tools will be used for the quantitative assessment. We do not use IF and journal's ranks to stratify journals, only to prove that all the journals below are good enough to be included in this list.
List of high quality journals relevant to gene regulation, which do not charge author's fees (alphabetic)
- AIMS Biophysics (AIMS press, launched in 2014, free open-access for the first three years). Also see AIMS Genetics.
- Annual Reviews of Biophysics (Traditional, IF: 12.250, rank: 1/74); Also see Annual Reviews of Genetics, Annual Reviews of Biochemistry and other Annual Reviews Journals (but these are not for primary research articles);
- BioEssays (Wiley, optional OA, IF: 4.730);
- Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry (Free OA, IF: 2.762) and Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology (Free OA, IF: 2.670).
- Bioinformatics (Oxford Press, optional OA. IF: 4.981, rank: 3/56);
- Biopolymers (Wiley, optional OA. IF: 2.385, rank: 40/73, 170/289);
- Biopolymers and Cell (Free OA, exists since 1985 supported by governments of USSR and Ukraine);
- Briefings in Bioinformatics (Oxford Press, optional OA. IF: 9.617, rank: 3/79; 2/56);
- eLife (OA. Free until 1st January 2017. HMMI, Wellcome Trust, MPG. IF: 9.322);
- Gene (Elsevier, optional OA, IF: 2.135);
- Journal of Biological Physics (Springer, traditional, IF: 1.152, rank: 61/74);
- Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics (Tailor and Francis, optional OA, IF: 2.919, rank: 30/74);
- Journal of Molecular Biology (Elsevier, traditional, IF: 4.333);
- Journal of Theoretical Biology (Elsevier, traditional, IF: 2.116);
- Molecular BioSystems (Royal Society of Chemistry, optional OA, IF: 3.210);
- Philosophy, Theory and Practice in Biology (University of Michigan, OA, free for authors)
- Physical Biology (IOP Science, optional OA, IF: 2.536, rank: 28/74);
- ScienceOpen Research (ScienceOpen, free OA, launched in 2014).
This list is just started, please send me your suggestions by email!
Quantitative Gene Regulation - Networking Groups
I have established networking groups "Quantitative Gene Regulation" at major scientific platforms. Join us at LinkedIn (>1,600 members), ResearchGate (>9,000 members) and Twitter (>2,500 members). Currently most discussions happen on Twitter, with about 200 new members joining each month. New ideas and new people are always welcome!