|Prof. Dr. Werner Paulus|
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Dr. Werner Paulus of the University of Munster, Germany, recently wrote in to share news of an exciting venture he and his colleagues have just launched:
"After editing Acta Neuropathologica for 14 years and after founding and editing Acta Neuropathologica Communications for 5 years, I have stepped down by the end of 2018 as editor of these two journals. A few weeks ago, together with colleagues from around the world, I have launched freeneuropathology.org . This is not just another neuropath journal, it´s a new type of publishing model without publisher. The “trick” is that scientists undertake the classical job of the publisher such as copyediting, layout, promotion, maintenance of the website etc. This makes the journal more efficient and more flexible, and it makes more fun because we can design the journal as we like and do not have to follow the business-driven interests of commercial publishers. It´s entirely free for readers and for authors (diamond open access). It´s from neuropathologists for neuropathologists, based on enthusiasm and voluntariness. We are very excited about this new approach and think that this might be the future of publishing in general, not only in the field of neuropathology. If you are interested, you can find more background information on the journal website and in the inaugural editorial: https://www.uni-muenster.de/Ejournals/index.php/fnp/article/view/2610/2480"