So, here we are, counting days and Twitter impressions since Research Ideas & Outcomes (or, RIO for short) our new open access journal was officially announced on 1st September 2015. As much as we were excited to take this long-prepared and anticipated stand in the spotlight, we are still holding our breath ahead of the big event – the launch itself, scheduled for November 2015.
In the meantime, when not busy welcoming our very first subject editors, we have our ear to the ground, so that we can make sure to provide everyone with the best services and insight. The truth is, we don’t only value attention, we deeply appreciate your opinion and respect your needs and concerns.
So, here below we provide a short summary of the eventful first week of RIO Journal:
Breaking Launch: #openaccess @RioJournal to publish every stage of the #researchcycle http://t.co/zbgRPvayZB http://t.co/NPgizqxB8w
— RIO Journal (@RIOJournal) September 1, 2015
It all started on 1st September on Twitter. Among the constantly growing list of our first followers, there were a lot of welcoming retweets, sounding just as excited as we were:
RIO: New open access journal to publish entire research cycles; really like the idea!!! http://t.co/iA1YKYOgoJ
— Ricardo Araújo (@raraujopaleo) September 1, 2015
Congrats to @riojournal for launching! Finally, a new journal that’s actually useful for researchers http://t.co/WERMHqSTks #openscience
— Jon Tennant (@Protohedgehog) September 1, 2015
@EvoMRI @RIOJournal Congratulations! Maybe a paradigm shift in research publishing? Glad to see use of #jats too 🙂
— Paul Donohoe (@donohoe_paul) September 1, 2015
Then, the time came for the world media to give its verdict:
This week sees the birth of a new type of scientific journal, one that will publish not only study results and data, but also research ideas and proposals. It’s called Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO).
/The Scientist, 3rd September/
With so many science journals already in existence, it is rare for a new title to draw attention. But researchers and publishing experts are taking notice of Research Ideas and Outcomes, or RIO, an open-access journal that launched on 1 September.
/Nature, 3rd September/
Understandably, the hottest discussion points were RIO’s initiatives:
> To present openly the whole process of the research cycle especially including research proposals
> To publish such ideas regardless of them being eventually approved or rejected for funding
> To apply a transparent, public, and open peer-review policy
This sounds like a great idea: New Journal Opens Research Process http://t.co/JxZypCMnv0 re: @riojournal from @rmounce
— Jonathan Eisen (@phylogenomics) September 4, 2015
Stephen Curry, a structural biologist at Imperial College London shared on Twitter that in his opinion RIO is “bringing a new sense of transparency and collaboration to research”, while he voiced his strong support for preprint publications and open feedback in his Guardian blog. “Preprints can help to refocus attention where it matters – on the work itself, not where it is published. In so doing, they have the potential to revitalize the scientific enterprise”, his column reads.
“I like the idea of getting “publishing-credit” for my research proposals and other research output. Roughly speaking for every proposal I write, I write one paper less”, points out computational chemist at the University of Copenhagen Jan Jansen on explaining why he accepted the invitation to become one of RIO’s subject editors.
At the end of the day, some of RIO’s innovations couldn’t escape being challenged by some criticisms. A librarian and known extreme critic of open access journals, Jeffrey Beall questioned the freedom given to RIO’s authors to make their own choice of reviewers.
.@RIOJournal is far from perfect @AmSciForum @Jeffrey_Beall but offers a stepping block to open Research Lifecycle https://t.co/bivCIpA5rq
— Ivo Grigorov (@OAforClimate) September 1, 2015
One of the RIO’s own subject editors, Ivo Grigorov, a marine scientist at the Technical University of Denmark also raised his concerns on the matter. Yet, he and our ever growing list of editors and advisory board are sticking with us:
@RIOJournal we’ll get there as we start experimenting 🙂 we need to demo we can satisfy a niche & adapt to serve transparency & ideas flow
— Ivo Grigorov (@OAforClimate) September 1, 2015
In his turn, Ross Mounce, a postdoc at the Natural History Museum, London and a founding editor of RIO, explained how the new open access journal seeks to improve the “immensely wasteful” traditional research process in his piece on the popular LSE Impact blog.
Ross also gave a podcast interview for Beta Pleated Chic, he spoke in detail about the whole list of innovative tools and strategies.
If you know of any other press mentions or blogs about RIO Journal, please don’t hesitate to forward them to us on Twitter @RIOJournal.