Obviously, the process by which papers are accepted or rejected by peer reviewers is all to do with scientific quality and the scientific community is built around a common understanding of what that means. Or is it?
A lawsuit claiming defamation by those who criticised a researcher’s published papers is an attempt to influence what people believe about science and must therefore be regarded as a kind of scientific literature.
Blurring the boundaries between “scientific” knowledge or discussion and knowledge or discussion generally is not an fruitful way forward for open science.
Lunar Missions Ltd say they can land a probe on the moon with crowd funding. If an entire space mission really can be financed without government or corporate backing, it raises the question of why any other area of scientific research would consider such support necessary.
Tensions over the idea of open science will only resolve themselves when an ‘open’ model of science abandons the idea of authoritative research statements as represented by the ‘scientific paper’ altogether.