[LINK] The Selected Papers Network

by Qiaochu_Yuan 1 min read14th Jun 20138 comments


John Baez has been writing, here and here, about problems with the academic journal system and a tool that might be a step towards fixing them:

Last time Christopher Lee and I described some problems with scholarly publishing. The big problems are expensive journals and ineffective peer review. But we argued that solving these problems require new methods of

• selection—assessing papers


• endorsement—making the quality of papers known, thus giving scholars the prestige they need to get jobs and promotions.

The Selected Papers Network is an infrastructure for doing both these jobs in an open, distributed way. It’s not yet the solution to the big visible problems—just a framework upon which we can build those solutions. It’s just getting started, and it can use your help.