B – Publishing should help research

Inchoombe I. Publishing should help research. Research Information.June/July 2008

The managing director of Nature Publishing Group (NPG) expresses his views on STM publishing. In his opioiob, there is an expectation that there will be more and more information out there and researchers want to be able to filter the information. There is an increasing demand for the alerting of new, relevant information from publishers or aggregators.Peer review is so important to quality and accuracy that it must be treated it with respect. Last year, an open-review trial had a very low response. NPG believes that open access will offer something of good value and benefit to some parts of the market but they do not see the author-pays model as appropriate for the Nature-branded journals today. Thwy have a free-to-access preprint server, Nature Precedings