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Earth and Life: the birth of a new journal...

Fri, 01 Dec 2006

I received a circular last week to a new journal from Beijing entitled Earth and Life. in today's very crowded marketplace I either applaud those that can find a niche that isn't being serviced or sit back and scratch my head in wonder. Anyway, Earth and Life is aiming to be a weekly publication covering everything in the geosciences and, I think, uniquely has a "self-review" system. That is the author goes off and gets someone to review their paper and this review is then emailed in. Quite an intriguing system in terms of reducing administration, but will it be taken seriously as it's obviously open to abuse. Time will tell I guess.

The other aspect of Earth and Life that made me smile was that of the 69 pages in the first issue, 68 were authored by the editor. I think that must be some kind of record!

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