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We at Webmed feel that biomedical publishing needs to evolve. In current times of unlimited publishing capacity, barriers to publishing need to be reduced and every scientist should have an opportunity to contribute. At the same time the present system of review needs to be broadened in its scope to accommodate every comment or criticism of the published work. With our twin portals, WebmedCentral (WMC),and plus (soon to be launched), we are attempting to make the process of publishing more inclusive, efficient, accountable, economical, unbiased and transparent. Where as on WMC, the articles are published without any prepublication peer review, articles on plus, will undergo prepublication editorial checks and reviews.
WMC is designed to empower authors and provide them with complete freedom of expression. They can publish their research and views without any peer pressure and irrespective of widely held peer belief on the topic. Peers on the other hand have the huge opportunity to publicly review and comment on the work. We believe that serious authors and reviewers will find this privilege empowering whereas casual author and reviewers, misusing this service, will have nothing to gain from publishing substandard content under their names. It will hopefully make "publication" a non issue in due course and move the emphasis away from it towards conducting quality research and writing good manuscripts.
We are working to create a vibrant community of academicians and reviewers on our portal who will participate in and support the post publication debate on every published work. Our post publication peer review system uses multiple tiers of reviewers. We have now got a full team of hundreds of advisors and faculty to assist us with the process.In addition, we rely upon our scholarly reviewers, author suggested reviewers, reviewers who have registered with our Reviewers Database, and other external reviewers invited by the lead faculty in that specialty. Please engage with the post publication debate if you like this model of publishing. We aim to incentivise reviewers by publishing all reviews and making them citable, thus acknowledging the scientific contribution they make. We further encourage reviewers by making sure all the reviews they carry out are freely available in public domain for readers.Reviewers can also publish their reviews on research published in other journals. Each specialityadvisor, lead faculty and faculty members can submit 3 articles at 50% discount. Further reviewers can avail 50% discount on one articlesubmission for every 2 non – anonymous reviews submitted.
In near future, WebmedCentral Lead Faculties will be in charge of post publication peer review process on the portal. At the same time, users will be able to clearly identify peer reviewed sections on our portal.
Traditionally biomedical journals have published articles from authors at no cost and then delivered them to readers at a price. More recently with the advent of open access publishing, authors are being charged significant sums of money by some journals to share the cost. With WMC's innovative method of post publication peer review, we aim to minimise the expense and time, while retaining the advantages of open access publication. We shall endeavour to publish most articles within 48 hours of submission. Our article processing charges are GBP 25.00 per article. There will be an article processing charges waiver option for disadvantaged authors.