addition to traditional peer reviews
new journal, co-founded by reader in atmostpheric science
Dr Ken Carslaw, is making waves through its new approach
to scientific peer review.
papers are submitted for peer review, Atmospheric Chemistry
and Physics posts them online and holds a commentary session
where scientists can debate the work or simply offer helpful
pointers. The papers then undergo full traditional peer
review, and the referees' comments are also published.
editor of ACP, Dr Carslaw believes this provides the ideal
testing ground for new ideas: "Traditional peer review
is generally agreed to be a good way of assessing new
research. But it isn't problem-free. Good work can be
rejected if it clashes with the reviewers' own studies
or opinions, or technical errors can be missed, especially
where papers span different disciplines."
journal at www.atmos-chem-phys.org is supported
by the European Geophysical Society, and has published
12 papers since its launch in September 2000.