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Freedom from journal editors

Randy Schekman

Is it possible to run a journal without professional editors? The new eLife open-access journal says it will be run by scientists. Miriam Frankel spoke to Berkeley biology professor Randy Schekman, who has stepped down after five years as editor of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences to breath life into it.

Why another open-access journal? Aren’t the Public Library of Science journals enough?

The PLoS journals are a good model. Unfortunately, their flagship journal, PLoS Biology, is run by professional editors—not by practising scientists. The family of PloS journals have several titles that are run by the scientific community, so it’s a little curious to me that they wouldn’t have done that for their top-ranked one.

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