[SciPy-dev] Online SciPy Journal

David Huard david.huard at gmail.com
Mon Oct 2 09:24:28 CDT 2006


Most scientific journals I know don't take code very seriously, even if a
paper is based entirely on numerical simulations. The code is not reviewed,
only the results and the analysis, which does not make much sense IMHO. So
until science journals start to review and publish code (which make take a
while), a Journal of Computational Science would be a great place to submit
the code and get a review, before submitting the results and analysis to
domain specific journals. These articles could then cite the Computational
Science related articles, as a token of a reviewed numerical implementation
(this also makes for great publicity, and a good deal of citation hits).

Also, the procedure for submitting and reviewing articles could be based on
svn. For each submitted article, you get an svn access, commit the code and
the article, wait for the reviewers to send comments and bugs, commit the
revision so the reviewers know exactly what are the changes to the previous
version (svn diff).

Overall, I think this is an opportunity to force good programming habits on
scientists, improve the quality
of software, and ensure the accessibility of code (after many hours of
frustration spent trying to find code from published articles, emailing
authors at old adresses, etc.).

+1
+1,

David

P.S. There is a new journal named Computational Science and Discovery which
seems to have just appeared and is probably a direct competitor.
http://www.iop.org/EJ/journal/CSD

2006/10/2, pearu at cens.ioc.ee <pearu at cens.ioc.ee>:
>
>
> I think it is a great idea. I have found that there are number of useful
> coding
> ideas in Numpy that would be off interest also for non-Python users. One
> example
> is accessing Fortran 90 structures from C in a compiler independent way
> though
> it is well known fact that the layout of these structures depends on a
> compiler or even of compiler version.
>
> On 9/30/06, Travis Oliphant <oliphant at ee.byu.edu> wrote:
>
> > 1) Do you like the idea ?
>
> +1
>
> > 2) Could you help (i.e. as an editor, reviewer, etc.)?
>
> +1
>
> Pearu
>
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