Research is an iterative process filled with conversations, mistakes, unexpected collaborations, and exploration that never truly ends. That’s the fundamental insight behind PubPub: conducting research, drafting, reviewing, and publishing should be part of the same ongoing and collaborative process. We call sharing research in this way community publishing, and we believe it provides a number of important benefits.
Publishing, disseminating, and getting feedback on research online is fast, inexpensive, and has the potential to reach many more people than traditional methods. When researchers collaborate the result is often more impactful research. And, as the preprint model has demonstrated, publishing work early can lead to more opportunities for feedback and higher publication and citation rates.
But there are larger benefits to choosing a community publishing model as well. PubPub users like Responsive Science have shown that a community-driven approach can also invite people likely to be affected by research into the knowledge creation process. As a result, research becomes more transparent, more inclusive, and ultimately, more trusted and impactful. At a time when trust in academic institutions is declining, there is no more important metric.
In the last several years, many once-independent publishing tools have been consolidated into closed platforms. We believe researchers need open-source, academically supported, end-to-end alternatives to these proprietary platforms and publishing models. In our vision of the future, universities and researchers play a lead role in building and maintaining our knowledge systems, reclaiming territory that was ceded to proprietary solutions.
PubPub supports each part of the publishing process, from drafting documents, conducting peer review, and hosting entire journal and book websites, to collecting and displaying reader feedback and analytics. PubPub is nonprescriptive and flexible, so that authors can freely experiment with different types of processes and tools, including overlay journals, open access publishing, and beyond. The discovery and adoption of more sustainable, effective publishing models will be led by researchers, authors, and readers—by you!
With strong institutional support from MIT’s Knowledge Futures Group, PubPub isn’t going anywhere. We’re committed to supporting open access, open-source, and new experimental publishing models, and to releasing all of our code open-source. By offering a flexible and sustainable alternative to commercial publishing technologies, PubPub aims to serve as a model of institutional investment in our systems for knowledge creation and sharing, one that supports the open publishing movement and encourages researchers to adopt open tools.
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—The PubPub Team