What are good toplevel categories for an EEB preprint service?

While preprints will be able to have tags assocaited with them (like keywords), we also want some toplevel categories that people can browse generic viagra by. Our initial ‘category’ list is as follows:

population ecology
community ecology
ecosystem ecology
evolutionary ecology
population genetics
conservation biology
animal behaviour

This would be for something like a fine-grained page, perhaps with some of those categories nested within bigger toplevel categories. Picture this like the breakup plos one does. We’d initially populate a list, but then after 2 months of usage, or so, see what tags had come up as new ‘categories’ through sheer commonness of usage.

For initial display on the front page, however, we wanted an even coarser grained list of Toplevel Topics. Here’s the list we ended up with. Picture a front page with 2-3 articles listed from each topic – say, the latest submitted, or hottest, or highest rated in the last week.

Evolutionary Biology
Environmental Sciences
Earth Sciences

This seems sufficient as toplevel topics…but, thoughts?

OpenPub Project Features and Rough Timeline

Frozen Feature Set for The OpenPub Project: Where Science Preprints are On Tap
– Paper uploading
– Comments
– Reviews
– Minimal Reputation
– Minimal Discovery, Tagging, & Search
– Revision
– Stable Identifiers
– User Pages
– UI
– Notification
– Logo – Amber&Mark

Build Timeline (roughly that will change)
Now – Paper uploading and commenting
March – Reviewing
April – Versioning and Identifiers
May – Tagging
June – Discovery/Search/Tagging
July – User Pages & Notifications
August – Reputation
September – DOI

UI Whiteboards

openpub, page 5

openpub, page 4

What do we need on the front page?
Lists of papers
Search box
Account features in a top bar
Login, etc.
New &Interesting/Hot(activity)/Top Rated

Point of the front page is to suck someone in…

Top level categories with the latest 3 in each category…
– can click to resort to hot and highest rated this week

Subheadings on Front Page
Evolutionary Biology
Environmental Sciences
Earth Sciences

Tags – 10 top tags in each toplevel category

Submit images that relate to their work? Cycle fun image randomly? Get random images…and papers on the side

Search…with google?

How will we rate papers in the system?

What should a score be: words or numbers?
Should they relate to the current journal paragidm?
Technicalities v. importance – facet out the score?
– too complicated!
Do we let this emerge?
What kind of ratings would people like – later in the survey?
Discussion board topic on ratings

Jarrett’s Scale
Seriously flawed
Major science concerns
Minor science concerns
Science is good, but poorly written
Science is good, text needs minor cleanup
Ready for publication
Outstanding paper in the field

Cameron’s scale
This paper:
is seriously flawed – 1
has some technical issues – 2
is useful – 3
is a significant contribution – 4
is an outstanding contribution to the field -5

We all agree on Cameron’s scale. The slightly more vague scale actually has some very large advantages.

How does this contribute to Karma?
Reviews do not reduce Karma
But a score of 1 does not add to Karma
Nonlinear function of scores

We need to come up with a scoring formula for papers!