N – Steering a middle course

A new journal, Hypotheses in the Life Sciences, will publish papers that introduce new ideas in biology that “advance or challenge scientific thinking”. The papers will be chosen primarily with the guidance of the editorial board, which includes the recently fired editor-in-chief of Elsevier journal Medical Hypotheses. The journal was set up after Elsevier decided to institute a more traditional peer review process at the once editorially reviewed journal. The founding editor of the new journal says: “What a journal of this sort can provide is a certain amount of scientific quality control, but without attempting to be definitely authoritative and without some of the restrictions that come from conventional peer review.” (http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/57554)