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Biswajit, based on prior work

Wed, 2018-01-31 07:45

In reply to An experiment on double blind reviews

Biswajit, based on prior work, at least in my field, I can guess up to a very high accuracy who the authors are. Thus, it is really not double blind reviews. In another post http://imechanica.org/node/22093, I made some suggestions to hold reviewers more accountable using a community-based approach. Please let me know your comments for those ideas. 

I know more and more

Wed, 2018-01-31 07:37

In reply to Some ideas for a possible new journal

I know more and more mechanicians are using arXiv, but not many people are paying serious attention. I don't want to piggyback on arXiv, I want the journal has its own arXiv (the papers listed there can be submitted to other journals). It is kind of early view of papers before accepted. Note, in the past, we don't have early view of accepted paper and we have to wait for the hard copy and the complete issue. It definitely speeds up knowledge sharing. 

Metrics will come with strong community. EML is an excellent example for how a journal can quickly establish its reputation. 

Interesting discussion, thank

Wed, 2018-01-31 06:55

In reply to Some ideas for a possible new journal

Interesting discussion, thank you Wenbin (and Mike) for bringing this up. 

My feeling is that more and more mechanicians upload their papers to arXiv before submitting to a journal but we are still far from other fields. 

Examples of journals that piggyback on arXiv can be found in mathematics or astrophysics (see http://www.nature.com/news/open-journals-that-piggyback-on-arxiv-gather-...). Here at Cambridge, we have the journal Discrete Analysis that relies on that type of system.  

These initiatives are fantastic but with funding agencies relying heavily on metrics (namely, impact factor) it is difficult for new journals to flourish. They need continuous support from strong academics in the field (like in the case of Extreme Mechanics Letters). In any case, I do not want to sound pessimistic - the opportunity is there and I will be happy to support it as much as possible.

Emilio Martínez Pañeda​

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