The Self-Journals of Science

      An open curation platform with repository and peer-review services

Contact: Dr. Michael Bon (michael@sjscience.org)

The Self-Journals of Science (SJS) is a free, non-profit, multidisciplinary platform for the communication of science, whose primary goal is to provide an evaluation system based on scientists’ judgment and collective intelligence, rather than bibliometrics. It provides each scientist with a self-journal, a novel and powerful curation tool for sharing their analysis of the scientific output in a structured and comprehensive way. It is a means of scientific communication by which scholars can build a reputation by expressing their personal value in a way that is not seen in the traditional system: their vision of what is important in their field, which is always much broader that what they can show in their own articles.

In turn, the importance of any one article is expressed by the extent to which it disseminates through this eco-system of self-journals. Since the self-journals are built from a set of curated hyperlinks, they encompass all scientific items with an Internet reference, irrespective of their legal owners. Curators do not need to own nor upload the articles they want to curate on the platform. This enables the alternative evaluation system to develop immediately and without restrictions.

Additionally, SJS offers repository services. Individual articles can be uploaded and automatically embedded within a novel open peer-review interface, where they become part of a global and unmediated conversation (here "open" is taken to mean public + non-anonymous + open to all authenticated scholars + open in time). On SJS, reviewing means assessing the validity of articles by reaching a global, explicit and stable degree of consensus within the community, without accepting or rejecting anything outright. Reviewing is a non-authoritative and open debate where peers are genuine equals, and where authors and reviewers can publicly shine and are credited for any worthy contributions.

SJS also features a unique dynamic community-managed classification system. Scientists collectively structure the corpus of knowledge, agree on standard terminology for scientific concepts and interconnect them. Scientific knowledge becomes easy to browse in a comprehensive manner and all materials on any one topic can be accessed unambiguously and exhaustively.

As a result of its coherent community approach, SJS can introduce novel metrics that promote quality, openness, collaboration and virtuous self-regulation. Keeping a self-journal and posting articles in parallel with traditional publishing (e.g. preprints) allows for a quiet and continuous escape of the impact-factor-based publish-or-perish culture which values impact, exclusivity and hypercompetition. SJS seeks to offer a new model of scientific communication, where the publishing functions are managed collectively by a community of empowered scientists acting as researchers, reviewers and evaluators of science. By cutting out the middlemen, scientific publication becomes free, both in the sense of "free of charge" and free speech.

How to use SJS:
  • Sign up with a valid institutional e-mail.
  • Keep you own online self-journal. Curate and annotate articles, influence your field by sharing your analysis of the scientific output. Build a reputation through your knowledge and vision. Don't forget to promote your own work.
  • If you have not forfeited or signed away your rights to do so, upload your articles or preprints. Get community feedback to improve them and assess their validity through lively discussions and debates.
  • Openly review and discuss the materials uploaded by your peers and get credit for it. Interact with them in a scientific environment based on relevant critical debate where no one and no ideas are dismissed unthinkingly but the community interacts together to raise the bar.
  • Give expert input into the Tree of Knowledge. Add keywords and connections between keywords to map your field in a comprehensive and unambiguous way.
Features you may not find elsewhere:
  • A novel and verifiable way to evaluate articles, based on scientists’ judgement and not on impact. It disentangles the objective notion of validity from the subjective idea of importance.
  • A space to fully play your 3D role as a scientist: freedom and means to act as an author, as a reviewer and as an evaluator of science.
  • A virtuous community-based logic that encourages quality through collective intelligence.
  • Individual self-journals.
  • A novel interface to discuss articles. Articles are interactive and the debate they generate is appropriately embedded.
  • A new way to classify science and make it easy to follow.
Other features:
  • SJS is free.
  • SJS is transparent (including open access).
  • SJS gives credit for every contribution and contributor. SJS uses CC-BY licensing.
  • SJS offers versioning of articles.
  • SJS provides an opportunity to write a personal account of your scientific activity.
SJS has been designed by a scientist (Michaël Bon, PhD, biophysicist, webmaster, michael@sjscience.org) for fellow scientists and for the sake of cience. SJS has been developed by Kevin N'Guyen and Charles Baldacchino from TheCodingMachine. The graphic designer is David Pellé. Since September 2015, SJS has been governed and promoted by the original team in collaboration with OpenScholar, an open, non-profit organisation of volunteer researchers. Interested scholars who share our vision for scientific progress through unrestricted, collective and transparent communication, are welcome to join the organisation and help us improve SJS.