Written Evidence Submitted by Harrington



Scientific journals make science worse by:

Instead of wasting the time of scientist and the money of funders I propose taking a fraction of what is currently spend on publication fees each year and establishing a single website where all research must be published to. This site would give papers a reproducibility score based on simple criteria such as:

Research institutions could contribute part or all of the server infrastructure to host this site as it would be vastly cheaper for them then paying current exploitative journal subscription fees. Funding bodies would then be able to easily see how transparent a given scientist and their institution is, and award grants accordingly to incentivise engagement. To further increase transparency peer review should be publicly available, and all revision of a paper would also be made available. To increase the amount peer review scientists could be required to review as many papers as they have authors on their each of their publications.

Links to further reading of relevance

            Scientists are not incentivised to produce quality research

            Exploration of ideas to improve transparency and reproducibility

(July 2021)