About The Winnower

The Winnower is an open access online scholarly publishing platform that employs open post-publication peer review. We think transparency from start to finish is critical in scientific communication.  Our aim is to revolutionize science by breaking down the barriers to scientific communication through cost-effective and transparent publishing for scholars. We hope you will join us!

Our Founder

Josh Nicholson received his PhD in 2015 from Virginia Tech studying the role of the karyotype in cancer initiation and progression in the lab of Dr. Daniela Cimini.  He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at UC Santa Cruz in 2008. In addition to his work on the bench he has authored numerous articles on scientific funding and publishing. Both his work in cancer and the practice of science have been discussed in Newsweek, The Economist, The Chicago Tribune, and The Boston Globe. He is also currently a member of the American Society for Cell Biology and serves as communications co-chair on the Committee for Postdocs and Students where he edits and authors various blog posts relating to graduate student and/or postdoc issues.  He is the grandson of the late UC Berkeley Professor Richard Strohman who taught him “science is for the surprises, not the prizes.”  He hopes The Winnower will help uncover those surprises.

Our Chief Academic

Juan Pablo Alperin has worked as a researcher, an educator, a software developer, a project manager, and—most importantly—as an advocate for a better and more open system of scholarly communications. He recently received his PhD from Stanford University, and holds a BMath Computer Science and a MA Geography from the University of Waterloo. He is simultaneously an Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University’s Publishing Program , and has published a dozen articles , two edited volumes , and his dissertation on Latin American scholarly communication, as well as work on altmetrics and XML workflows. Juan Pablo is also a researcher with the Public Knowledge Project , a SPARC steering committee member, and continues to audaciously assert, without basis, that he is the King of Bocce.


The Winnower: a “radical” publishing platform that encourages debate. Interview with Josh Nicholson

Can the Winnower flip scientific publishing on its head?

There’s a new journal in town…

The Winnower: An Interview with Josh Nicholson

Open-door publishing

How science can beat the flawed metric that rules it

New Online Journal, The Winnower, Looks to Change the Rules for Scientific Publishing

Disrupting the Conventional Scholarly Publication Process

+/- Publishing with a Non-Traditional Journal

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