[SciPy-dev] Online SciPy Journal

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Fri Sep 29 19:42:41 CDT 2006

Travis Oliphant wrote:
> 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 
> candidate.
> 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.

Indeed! Another example is the _Journal of Statistical Software_ which is a 
free, online, peer-reviewed journal focused on statistical software. Looking at 
the articles, I sometimes wonder if it just should have been called the _Journal 
of R_, but I digress. It seems to be well-done.

> 1) Do you like the idea ?


> 2) Could you help (i.e. as an editor, reviewer, etc.)? 


Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
  that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
  an underlying truth."
   -- Umberto Eco

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