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Technically, what is required to overtake Elsevier is to retain the same level of editorial oversight, and then to provide more quality signals.

Sadly, none of the business roles of Elsevier can be replaced by an academic, whose schedule is busy enough.

What I'd like to see is more "republishing", like "reblogging" where instead of a journal being a one-shot affair, it is gradually cited up, and then eventually meets a threshold to be republished in a more important journal.

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