But Journal Lab adds a little twist to that by also enabling users to comment on specific figures. In the case of open access journal such as PloS, the figures are displayed along with the “reactions” and comments from readers. This might help start more targeted and clearer discussions.
Journal Lab goes beyond post-publishing reviewing and discussion by offering a “paper collections” functionality along with a convenient alert service. Journal Lab also introduces the concept of virtual journal club. With virtual journal clubs such as “RNA and Epigenetics” or “Active on PloS”, an exciting new paper is selected every week and opened for discussion.
Journal Lab was co-founded by UCSF graduate Robert Judson and social media entrepreneur David Jay in 2011. Find a recent interview by the UCSF student news paper here.