Please click here if you wish to join WebmedCentral plus Editorial Team.
Why are we launching WebmedCentral plus?
WebmedCentral is a unique post publication peer review based publishing platform that publishes biomedical scientific content without any pre-publication peer review. That there was a need for such a platform became obvious when within 16 months of its launch, it has thousands of registered users and more than 800 articles. This is in addition to hundreds of academicians and professors who have already come forward to join and support us. WebmedCentral is actively building a community of scientists, who believe in its publishing model, to support and facilitate a vibrant culture of post publication peer review.
While WebmedCentral continues to report healthy growth, we have observed that a significant body of scientists feel uneasy about publishing their work on our portal. Their reluctance stems from a perceived lack of quality control on WebmedCentral. Quality assessment of published articles is clearly important for academic and career advancement and the ability to attract grants and carry out research.
We at WebmedCentral have noted all these concerns and have felt the need to address them robustly by launching a quality layer WebmedCentral plus. The research papers on Webmedcentral judged to be of sufficient quality by post publication peer review will be assessed by the plus editorial team for inclusion on our plus platform. This will enable research published on WebmedCentral to find entry into mainstream "published" science until such a day when the scientific community can develop better metrics to assess an article's importance/contribution to science than to rely solely on flawed measures like publication in a journal of particular repute.
plus will also consider submissions directly. These direct submissions will undergo pre publication peer review before publication. This is to provide an all inclusive platform which accommodates all scientific views. plus will function in parallel to our main portal WebmedCentral. We will continue to work to ensure that that WebmedCentral has a robust multi layered "post publication peer review" system. Scientists who want the independence of publishing without prior peer review will continue to be able to use WebmedCentral as they currently do.