The Wellcome Trust (UK), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) (USA) and the Max Planck Society announced that they are launching a free online biology journal.

Some features:

  • papers being reviewed within 3 to 4 weeks
  • no professional editors employed to filter submissions
  • publish, albeit anonymously, the comments made by each paper’s reviewer
  • no charge of so-called author fees “for a number of years”

This new journal will definitely shake publishing in the field of biology.