The first medical journal powered by Bitcoin Cash (progress update)

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This is an update on One.Surgery's project to develop a new model of peer review publishing - low cost, high quality, ethical, affordable, equitable and beautiful!

With the power of Bitcoin Cash, the journal offers a paradigm changing "community funded" model, where articles are released with a price tag (covering the journal's transparent publishing costs), but allow anyone in the world to access the research through a Bitcoin Cash micropayment. Any payments coming into the article gradually pay off the price tag - and once the journal has recouped its (minimal) costs, the article is freely accessible to all, and the science is fully owned by the community.

Furthermore, the journal will be designed that the model can be replicated seamlessly with minimal costs. So if the project is successful, we anticipate the spawning of multiple scientific journals powered by Bitcoin Cash - changing the entire industry forever.

This is in stark contrast to multibillion dollar scientific publishing industry, where authors are often asked to pay in excess of $2000-30000 to publish one single article.

In December 2020, One Surgery successfully Flipstarted with the BCH community to fund this project. Here is an update to the BCH community, to demonstrate we are still on track for a 2021 official launch!

The editorial board

One Surgery has already started developing a world class, diverse editorial board from all over the world. We are still recruiting board members to make it truly representative of region, gender and opinions. Here are some demographics and key skills of our current board.

Board members by location:


By demographic and interest:

Manuscript submission and other portals

There are a number of integrated portals that the journal will function on, including a manuscript submission service, a peer review portal, type editing, and ofcourse, BCH and possible token payments!

We aim to design a beautiful interface that makes submissions, peer review and publishing pleasurable and as easy as possible for all stakeholders (as well as super low cost)! We have started the first step, a beautiful manuscript submission service, here is a sneak preview:

So once again, thank you so much for the support, we haven't hit any major road blocks (yet!) and we are still on time and budget roadmaps!

As a side note, we are hoping to launch a really cool awards programme for excellence in the field of global surgery, and would love to give out BCH awards (and NFTs) to excellent researchers and those involved in surgical care across the world. If you would be interested to sponsor some of the awards, please visit: https://awards.one.surgery or read about it here: https://read.cash/@onedotsurgery/one-surgery-bch-and-nft-awards-sponsorship-opportunity-philanthropy-global-bch-adoption-e438ef32

Thank you all so much,
Saqib Noor (founder of One Surgery)

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3 years ago

It's a good start for a medical field on surgery to start this kind of activity.. It might spark the interest of other fields and integrate their own work while being centered on BCH.. It would highlight a different activity that would further developed the BCH community..

I hope that soon various work would also step up and started using BCH.. As more resource being use on BCH it can be a great encouragement to most people..

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Good onee

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Please incorporate a donation and an upload to sci-hub so that sci-hub gets more traffic and becomes more legit. I believe that sci-hub accepts BCH

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Our understanding of Sci-Hub is that it gives access to articles that are behind a paywall by removing the paywall without authorisation (thus considered irregular by the current publishing industry). Using Sci-Hub adds no additional benefit to articles that are already provided as open access and already free to download.

Our objective is to make the paywall so small for everyone, and indeed, once that paywall has been paid by the community, that the wall is down forever. That way the journal, the peer reviewers and the researchers have a sustainable, affordable system to publish their work without shareholder profiteering.

Sci-hub would have no need for our articles. Indeed, if Sci-Hub took our published articles (that are only behind a temporary, tiny paywall), without contributing to removing the very fair paywall, the entire scientific industry collapses as no one will be willing to offer a publishing service at all.

Our proposed model is ethical, transparent, affordable and sustainable.

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Thank you for replying to my comment.

I appreciate that you have a different opinion to me, but the reality is that many people upload papers and get them from sci-hub. The benefit is that there would be a single location for obtaining papers.

I accept that you will not follow my suggestion but while yours may be a good method to launch a single journal - it will require some rethinking and extra work if it were to become a universal model and, for sure, existing journals that currently do very well will not want to join.

Most of all I think that a single repository or index for journals all is desirable.

I think that if you notified your scheme to Alexandra Elbakyan, you might get her support or at least sci-hub would keep your journal out of the archive.

Good luck I hope to hear how you get on.

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We aren't aware how you upload papers to Sci-Hub? There is not a designated upload facility to Sci-Hub, it accesses articles without user involvement (maybe I am wrong).

Sci-Hub and this new model have the same goal - to truly make science accessible and open access to everyone. Sci-Hub creates an open library of all paywalled articles (and therefore challenges the profits of the publishing industry by taking away their paywall).

Our proposed model reduces the paywall to the bare minimum (and therefore challenges the profits of the publishing industry), allowing sustainable delivery of research and open access in a more legally binding way - by giving the copyright back to the community at cost value.

One system theoretically "steals" from the rich to give to the poor. The other system removes the entire business model from the rich, and gives the business model to the poor. The first system creates friction and legal risk, the second system challenges the established industry to change its practice.

Different approaches, same objective :) Both approaches may end up nowhere, not for want of trying though!

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At https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sci-Hub it says that "Sci-Hub obtains paywalled articles using leaked credentials". It is quite an interesting article.

I was wrong when I said that they accept BCH (Previously I donated to LibGen). They only give a Bitcoin address (though perhaps that might work ?). In any event I sent a message to Sci-Hub asking for their site page to include a BCH address. To do this I created an account on vk.com (the Russian Facebook) and sent a message to vk.com/sci_hub - of course, I don't know if they will action my request.

Today I found that my ISP had blocked access to sci-hub.st - it is also in the news that their Twitter account has been suspended. However, I can still access it using my mobile phone connection and I imagine that there are other proxies available.

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Thank you. Sci-hub remains an enigma to the community. Despite its status as a liberator of research, and no doubt it has empowered a lot of scientists to access work previously elusive to them, its position is always on the run. Therefore a difficult model to engage with! Hopefully our new open way can chip through the institutional barriers too.

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good

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