Thousands of machine-learning wizards have signed an open statement boycotting a new AI-focused academic journal, disapproving of the paper’s policy of closed-access.Nature Machine Intelligence is a specialized journal concentrating on intelligent systems and robotics research. It’s expected to launch in January next year, and is part of Nature Publishing Group, one of the world’s top academic publishers.The joint statement written by Thomas Dietterich, a professor of computer science at Oregon State University in the US, and signed by more than 2,000 academics and researchers in industry, states that “they will not submit to, review, or edit for this new journal.”He said that free and open access journals speeds up scientific progress since it allows anyone to read the latest research and contribute their own findings. It also helps universities who can’t afford subscription fees or pay for their own papers to be open access.“It is important to note that in the modern scientific journal, virtually all of the work is done by academic researchers. We write the papers, we edit the papers, we typeset the papers, and we review the papers,” he told The Register.

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