[SciPy-dev] Online SciPy Journal
oliphant at ee.byu.edu
Fri Sep 29 19:28:29 CDT 2006
As most of you know, I'm at an academic institution and have a strong
belief that open source should mesh better with the academic world then
it currently does. One of the problems, is that it is not easy to just
point to open source software as a "publication" which is one of the
areas that most tenure-granting boards look at when deciding on a
To help with that a little-bit, I'd really like to get a peer-reviewed
on-line journal for code contributed to SciPy started. Not to implicate
him if he no longer thinks it's a good idea, but I first started
thinking seriously about this at SciPy 2006 when Fernando Perez
mentioned he had seen this model with a math-related software package
and thought we could try something similar.
Exactly what form that will take is worth some discussion. Most
"publications" are viewed highly because they are "peer-reviewed". It
seems to me, that we have all the makings of a community that could
peer-review code contributed to SciPy. I'd like to see two parts to
"the journal" (maybe they are separate). One is the code itself. Not
all of the code currently in SciPy is "journal" quality (I look no
further than many of my own contributions...)
We would need a way to specify what is "published" SciPy and what is not
(besides the sandbox mechansim). The other aspect to the SciPy
Journal is an "article" that goes into detail about some particular code
contributed to SciPy. Not all code will need this, but many
contributions will. This is where the design decisions are discussed
Such a project needs many associate editors who would help find
reviewers and make decisions about publication. If this project works,
it is one means that would allow me to spend more time on SciPy and
"have it count" toward academic rank and status. I have not thought it
through well enough to have the details ironed out, but I'm soliciting
feedback from you who would likely be involved.
Besides your comments, I would like a response on at least two
questions: +1, -1, +0, -0 voting.
1) Do you like the idea ?
2) Could you help (i.e. as an editor, reviewer, etc.)?
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