Why Unjournal?

The features of The Unjournal, and what the project offers beyond the traditional academic publication methods.

See sections below:

Reshaping academic evaluation: Beyond accept/reject: Shows how The Unjournal's process reduces the traditionally high costs and 'games' associated with standard publication mechanisms.

Promoting open and robust science: The Unjournal promotes research replicability/robustness in line with the RRC agenda.

Global priorities: Theory of Change (Logic Model): The Unjournal aims to enhance research reliability, accessibility, and usefulness through a robust evaluation system, fostering a productive bridge between mainstream and EA-focused researchers.

Open, reliable, and useful evaluation: The Unjournal's open evaluation model expedites and enhances research reviews by providing transparent, incentivized feedback and valuable, public metrics.

  • Multiple dimensions of feedback: Discusses our method of obtaining separate evaluations on various aspects of a research project—methodological, theoretical, and applied—from diverse expert groups, which leads to more comprehensive and insightful feedback.

Promoting 'Dynamic Documents' and 'Living Research Projects': Explains the terms 'dynamic documents' and 'living projects' in relation to our model, and how they facilitate continuous growth in research projects.

  • Benefits of Dynamic Documents: Why open dynamic documents (such as Quarto) are better for research than 'PDF prisons', the conventional static PDF format that dominates research.

  • Benefits of Living Research Projects: Details these 'living projects' and how, under our approach, they can continuously evolve, receive evaluations, and undergo improvements within the same environment.

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