Professor of cell biology and developmental biology at UC Berkeley, Schekman detailed his investigation of the autophagy pathway, which offers keys to understanding mammalian cellular responses to stress and pathogen infection.
He urged the scientific community to reconsider “where and how we choose to publish our most important work” and to:
sign the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment DORA which aims to improve the ways in which the outputs of scientific research are evaluated
submit papers to online journals such as e-Life, where articles are not restricted by length, incur no page charges, are accessible to all subscription and are edited by active investigators.
“Don’t only focus on traditional journals. Their limitations are artificial by the standards of the 21st century.”