Science and Nature ≠ Science + Nature
This summer, one of our collaborators anecdotally relayed a story about a job application he received, where said applicant had highlighted their extraordinary publication record in Nature and Science. Needless to say, they weren’t hired. Why? Because they weren’t talking about the international powerhouses that can transform you into a scientific rockstar. No, they were talking about “Nature and Science”, an open access journal with the distinctly dodgy web address of http://www.sciencepub.net/
Are you f%&*ing kidding me?!?
In case you haven’t been clawing your inbox for every issue alert, Nature and Science is definitely special. The publisher, Marshland Press, also produces other fine (**coughcoughRipOffcoughcough**) publications like Stem Cell, Cancer Biology, and the Journal of American Science.
The website was designed by a 3-year old in 1995 (probably using Windows 3.1 and AOL dial-up) — all it’s missing are some animated GIF banners, a MIDI themesong and some scrolling text. The main page has so many typefaces and font sizes that it looks like a digital randsom note and/or the 1960s. And not in the good Mad Men way.
And now for the science. Nature and Science appears to be going for the open-access PLoS model combined with pre-publication peer review of Nature (the real one) Preceedings. Despite it only being January 10, 2011, the Nature and Science archive lists 12 issues already this year. Although most of these links aren’t working, the issue for February 1st is accessible for community peer-review. It includes thrillingly indecisive titles such as “Possibility of Symbiosis between Some Gram-negative Bacteria and Legionella pneumophila” and acerbically succinct ones like “Turritopsis nutricula”. NB: Most of the corresponding authors in these issues also have @yahoo.com e-mail addresses.
In case you’re just dying to submit your latest work here, you can pay your author fees though Paypal and submit your manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org (unfortunately, the online submission system gives you a 404 page not found error). Be sure to also follow these important submission guidelines:
(1) Submission Methods: Electronic submission through email is encouraged and hard copies plus an IBM formatted computer diskette would also be accepted.
(2) Software: The Microsoft Word file will be preferred.
(3) Font: Normal, Times New Roman, 10 pt, single space.
Single spaced?! Computer diskette?!?! AYFK??
But my favorite part is the NEWS RELEASE for Immediate Release on the main page, issued by someone called Anthony H. Lariccia, an “Investigative Free-Lance Researcher” (does he walk around with a lab coat and a magnifying glass?? If he did, maybe he’d find the spelling/grammar disaster in his own title):
NEW EVOLUTION THEORY SUPPORTS CREATION ERIE, Pa. (10/26/10)– A recently published five page theory in the peer-review Journal of American Science entitled “Reverse Evolution: The Evolution Darwin Never Saw Supports Creation” explains how a new type of evolution can prove man was created in a way similar to the description in Genesis in the Old Testament of the Bible. The theory says the evolution Darwin witnessed and reported in his 1859 book “On The Origin Of Species” was the second of two distinctly different types of evolution that occurred on earth. The first evolution called “Reverse Evolution” was triggered when Adam and Eve were ejected from the Garden of Eden, made mortal and had to be given a sex gene so their species could survive. This new gene corrupted their once perfect genome causing their offspring to degenerate over time to eventually look like “chimps.”
Ooooooooooooooh…that explains everything!
Editorial Materials and Methods: Research for this article utilized a 40% ethanol solution (Belvedere Citron Vodka, Żyrardów, Poland) combined with an equal ratio of Vaccinium macrocarpon extract enhanced with Citrus aurantifolia rind. This research was not funded by anyone. The author would like to acknowledge the Twitterverse for ideas and encouragement towards this article.