Ying-Xue Sun, Ji-Wang Chen, Ji-Ming Chen
China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center, Qingdao, 210095, China (Ji-Ming Chen, Ying-Xue Sun); Department of Medicine, Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL60612, USA (Ji-Wang Chen)
Ji-Ming Chen (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com)
Communication & publishing; Management; Computer software; Internet; Measurement
Academic journals have evolved over four generations in recent decades. First-generation journals are printed on paper and accessible only to subscribers. Second-generation journals are electronic and also accessible only to subscribers. Third-generation journals are electronic and open access. Fourth-generation journals, such as PLoS One, PeerJ, SpringerPlus and F1000Research, are electronic and open access with post-publication rating, having partially removed the negative effect of peer review. Nevertheless, the inherent conflict between authors and journals remains unchanged; namely, authors are reluctant to publish their articles of high value in journals of low impact, and journals of high impact are reluctant to publish articles of low value. This conflict has frustrated both authors and editors for many years. To resolve this problem, we have designed the first fifth-generation academic journal, Newpubli (an abbreviation of New publication). Newpubli comprises nine sub-journals (similar to sections of a journal) that publish articles rated through robust peer review to be as valuable as articles published in other journals whose impact factors are 0–0.5, 0.5–1.5, 1.5–2.5, 2.5–3.5, 3.5–4.5, 4.5–5.5, 5.5–10.5, 10.5–20.5 or ³20.5. Consequently, authors of most articles need not worry about their work being rejected or underestimated. Some other innovations, such as providing value ranks for each published article, setting five stages of peer review, bestowing proper honors (e.g., 5-Star Excellent Reviewer) and 40% shares in the journal to authors and reviewers, no charging for open access publication, have also been integrated into the journal. With these innovations, Newpubli shall be not only developed for researchers, but also owned by researchers, and it shall reform the traditional slow, stressful, expensive and prejudiced process for publication.