ScienceOpen Author Interview Series – Miguel Andrade

Our interview series continues with a quick chat with ScienceOpen Editorial Board Member and recent ScienceOpen author Professor Miguel Andrade. His paper, entitled “FASTA Herder: A web application to trim protein sequence sets,” ( ) presents a publicly available web application that uses an algorithm to identify redundant sequence homologs in protein databases.

Miguel Andrade received his PhD in Biochemistry at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and trained at post-doctoral level at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg and Cambridge. He has been the head of computational groups at the Ottawa Health Research Institute and later at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin. Since April 2014, he has been a member of the Faculty of Biology of the Johannes Gutenberg University and of the Institute of Molecular Biology (Mainz).

Q. What are your thoughts on Open Access publishing and the future of science publishing?

A. I would say that I hope that the future of science publishing is all open access, because after all science should be for the good of everybody. Therefore nobody should have to pay to access science.

Q. What made you choose ScienceOpen in general and in particular for this research?

A. There are many reasons to publish on ScienceOpen, but focusing on the most unique, I find the concept of “first publish and then review,” and the continuous review idea very reasonable. At the same time, I am excited to watch how this is going to work, whether this model will be accepted by the scientific community and whether it will take over or stay in a niche. After all, it will depend very much on your editorial approach, including how you surround manuscripts with enough indicators to allow readers to distinguish good from bad science.