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----- title: About PubPub author: pubpub_team name: PubPub Team ----- # Welcome to PubPub [beta]! PubPub is a platform for totally transparent publishing. We focus on three main goals: 1. **A rich and modern writing experience** - Support for dynamic assets, large datasets, and live visualizations. 2. **Distributed Review** - Distributed across many communities and done in the open. Rewarding constructive reviews and incentivizing progress rather than elitism opens the process to all that are capable. 3. **Grassroots Journals** - Journals serve as curators rather than gatekeepers. Pubs can be submitted to and featured in as many journals as is relevant. No more silos. Journals can be run for large or small audiences, by institutions or individuals. Everyone can be a journal. We hope that PubPub can provide scientists, designers, and all with tools for reproducible and beautiful communication. # Frequently Asked Questions ### Who's behind this? PubPub has been designed and developed by Travis Rich and Thariq Shihipar at the MIT Media Lab in Andrew Lippman's Viral Communications group. It is Travis's PhD thesis work. PubPub is generously supported and advised by many Media Lab professors, students, and friends. ### How much does it cost to publish? $0 USD. ### Who can publish? Anyone! PubPub enables author-driven publishing. The authors of the work decide when it's published and how. Journals act as a tool for curation, not a gatekeeper of knowledge. ### What is a PubPub journal? A PubPub journal is a tool to allow curation of published Pubs. Journals serve as the rallying point for a given community. Journals can have their own branding, design scheme, and URL. ### Who creates and runs journals? Anyone! Journals, when not tied to large institutions, can be a fantastic tool for curation - and we believe everyone should have that power. Whether you're the world's expert curating nanophysics papers or a student curating a study guide for your friends, journals can provide an interface for scoping what your community should be reading.