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A new online science journal, junk in space and the mathematics of death

By Anjana Ahuja   June 2011

Capitalising on the rise of open-access scientific publishing—with papers available for free on the internet, instead of through expensive subscriptions—Nature is launching a no-frills, online journal called Scientific Reports to enable “rapid dissemination of accepted papers to the widest possible audience.” If successful following its June debut, it could presage the end of traditional science publishing. Scientific Reports will be a rival to the pioneering, non-profit, online journal Public Library of Science One, and will use its model of charging academics a $1,350 publication fee.

The final frontier is a crowded, anarchic one. Although satellites delivering services like telecommunications, sat-nav…

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