Offline: Scientific publishing - trust and tribulations
Scientific publishers as we know them today remain a threatened species. They will have to do more to prove their added value to science and society. Unless they do so, they may not deserve to survive.
The winners in Trump's America were likely to be the defence industry, oil and energy, private prisons, and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Not health. What should be the response of the public health community?
Currently, there is no record of previous submission of a paper to other journals and the comments it might have received in the journey to the final publication. A paper that might have been rejected by three or four journals goes into press, and people hear about the results without any of the background scientific debate and conversation that led to this publicatio.
America is a leader in funding for biomedical research, from government, industry, and the non-profit sector. And, for such a large country, the research community is remarkably spread out, with high-quality work being done in every region of the nation.