Many out there may know that I have a nice lofty title at PLoS Biology. I am the Academic Editor in Chief there. With this title I get a lot of complaints about PLoS Biology.
Alas, despite my lofty title, I do not actually run PLoS Biology. You see, PLoS Biology is a hybrid journal with both Professional editors and Academic Editors. The way it actually works is that the Professional Editors, under the direction of Theo Bloom, run the journal. As part of their running of the journal, they consult with Academic Editors (AEs) to get help in deciding if papers should be reviewed; if they are reviewed the AEs help suggest reviewers; and once reviews are back the AEs help in making decisions about the fate of the papers. They also consult AEs about a variety of other topics.
In the end, you could view the AEs, including the AEIC (that is, me) - as having an advisory role at PLoS Biology. Generally, decisions are made in a collaborative manner with the AEs but in the end, it is the professionals who make the "final" decisions regarding the journal. But they do listen when I tell them about what the community likes and dislikes about PLoS Biology.
Anyway, the reason I am writing is that in two weeks there is a meeting in San Francisco of the EICs of the various PLoS Journals and I will be going to this meeting. So here is my request:
I WANT YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT PLOS BIOLOGY.
What do you like?
What do you not like?
What new things would you like to see?
What would you like to get rid of?
Please either post your comments here, on twitter, or friendfeed or wherever. Or send them to me by email. And I will try to communicate them to the powers that be ...