Based on discussions at the 68th Lindau Meeting - and a chance bus stop encounter - Lindau Alumni Constanze Depp and Philip Lewis developed a possible solution to issues of scientific publishing in the life sciences: 

When Philip and I discussed potential solutions to these problems, we dared to think big – as per the laureates’ advice throughout the meeting – and we quickly came to question the existence of multiple, international journals for a specific discipline. For instance, why should publication in one journal be more prestigious and/or more costly than another? Could the establishment of a single, open access life science journal solve many of the pitfalls of current life science publishing? We both agreed it could and we continued to consult over policy and operation details of a life science journal on the bus ride to our hotels. 

Find out more, including a link to the paper that they published, on our blog. 


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