From the September 2018 issue

Giants fall hard

Professional scientific journals deserve an ignominious death.
By | Published: September 26, 2018 | Last updated on May 18, 2023

In Research Land, publish or perish is the law of the jungle. That’s not a bad thing. Research is pointless if nobody hears about it. And when it comes time to get jobs, promotions, tenure, raises, and professional accolades, peer-reviewed publications are the coin of the realm.

So how come a slew of prominent researchers working on artificial intelligence is staging a revolt, boycotting Nature Machine Intelligence, a new journal from an ultra-prestigious publisher? How can they get away with such impudence, and why would they try?

Astronomy magazine subscribers can read the full article for free. Just make sure you’re registered with the website.