Nova revista “viva” de química computacional

El C&En porta un article interessant titulat Computational chemists welcome ‘living’ journal que comenta l’aparició d’una nova revista “viva”: Living Journal of Computational Molecular ScienceDiu la revista de l’ACS que

For computational chemists, there is a broad landscape of software and techniques they can use to model the properties and behaviors of molecules and reactions. Picking which software to use and figuring out how to use it can be time-consuming and complex. A new journal wants to help researchers navigate those challenges by providing a space for scientists to publish educational material such as tutorials and reviews.

La nova revista té algunes característiques peculiars:

Authors retain the copyright of their work, only licensing it for the journal to use. Submitted papers go through a standard peer-review process but one reviewer must be a graduate student or post doc to ensure that the articles are understandable to a more junior audience. Also, Mobley says, grad students and post docs are often working more closely with software than principal investigators and might catch things senior researchers wouldn’t. One thing the journal won’t do is publish new results, Mobley says, unless someone wants to compare a new piece of software to existing ones.

Em sembla ben atractiu que un dels referees hagi de ser un estudiant de doctorat, perquè si l’objectiu de la revista és proporcionar manuals i tutorials, és lògic que qui més ho pugui aprofitar, sigui qui ho revisi.

He fet un cop d’ull a algun dels primers articles, i la veritat és que estan molt ben editats i presentats. Dóna ganes de llegir i d’estudiar.

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