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- A grassroots journal collects, assesses, categorises and ranks all articles relevant for a specific topic/community.
- It differs from a traditional journal in that it does not publish articles, but only reviews them. In this way we can build up a reputation for good review, while also reviewing articles, which normally would not be submitted to a new journal.
- Like a traditional journal it has expert editors who invited experts to review the articles so that is can replace the quality control of traditional journals.
- It thus brings together articles that are now spread over many publications and helps novices and experts a better access to the scientific literature.
- It has a narrow scope. The editors are part of the community, know the reviewers well and can assess the reviews well. This also limits the amount of work for the volunteers.
- It keeps the reviews up to date, so that if new research invalidates an article or shows it to be more or less important this can be taken into account.
- It can include articles of all quality levels by quantifying