After reading about the likely relaunch of “Patterns Recognition in Physics” on Jo Nova (which I thoroughly endorse) I was reminded that there is a glaring hole in the list of journals, which is stopping many good papers from getting published, not because they are not first class, but because there is a “Not Invented Here” attitude in much of academia which unfortunately has resulted in much work from non-academics being sidelined, ignored and only ever seeing the light of day on blogs.
Many have tried to get work published, many have failed or just given up because as the episode of Patterns Recognition in Physics shows, even academics can’t get certain science published if it falls foul of the “Not Wanted Here” attitude of many academics.
I do not think the solution is to continue flogging the dead horse and try to get non-academic work into academic journals, instead I think the solution is to take the bull by the horns and do a better job ourselves.
So, I’m floating the idea of a new journal which can be seen in embryonic form at:
If we go ahead we will need reviewers and articles. There are so many excellent articles already on-line which would only need tidying up and reformatting to a more “formal” style (e.g. references). Reviewers could be a bigger problem – any volunteers?
That’s the basic idea.
What do you think? Is it worth trying and if so, can you suggest articles that should go in?