Nature, Whiskey and me
Fri Oct 7, 2011
In my earlier post on Megajournals I hinted that I felt that there could be a future in which this business model provided sufficient funds to allow a publishing house like NPG to make it’s flagship journal Nature an open access journal.
This topic came up late one evening at coasp and I ended up making a bet with Matias Piipari. I bet that within 10 years Nature would become a fully open access journal. I win three fine bottles of scotch. The date that the bet matures on Wed Sep 22, 2021. I’ve just sent the following message to the Editor in Chief at Nature:
Subject: Scientific Reports, Nature, Open Access and a future of fine whiskey. Dear Dr. Campbell, I am writing to congratulate you on the recent launch of Scientific Reports. I had the pleasure to see Sara Grimme give an excellent overview of the genesis of the title at the recent COSAP conference on open access publishing (http://www.oaspa.org/coasp/). During the course of the event a discussion arose on the potential future impact of the Megajournal on top tier titles such as Nature. I professed hope that a vehicle such as Scientific Reports could grow in time to support a business model in which Nature itself could be run as an open access journal. There was some disagreement on my prediction, the outcome of which is that I now have a standing bet with Matias Piipari. If Nature becomes Open Access on or before Wed Sep 22, 2021, ten years from now, I will win three fine bottles of scotch. I will continue to keep an interested eye on the development of Scientific Reports and I wish Nature Publishing Group the best of luck with it. Sincerely yours, - Ian Mulvany