Perusing the first two papers of this journal, I couldn't help but notice that one of them seems to be about how the complete state of all human brains might somehow be encoded in the Earth's magnetic field. (image 'borrowed' from here). Now, I may be misinterpreting this paper - in fact, I probably am. But the correct interpretation of this paper has to be equally strange, even if strange in a different way. Here, I must confess that I'm not a (psychologist? physicist? geoneurobiologist?)... well I don't feel really qualified to judge this paper.
The point of this post is mainly to wonder what everyone thinks the role of journals like this one or others from LA will be. There are also the many new OA journals from Bentham Science Publishers (you might have gotten an email or two from them), one of which is about evolution. These may be a different type of thing from the LA journals, but I'm finding it difficult or impossible to really predict where all of this is going.
To me, perhaps the new journal with the best potential is PLoS ONE, which takes papers and then hopes that peer review will be a continuing process; anyone can comment on the papers on the website. However, in my experience (n=1), people don't comment.
I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts on this topic, especially people who have experience with these new journals. Send your electromagnetic waves my way.
Persinger, M. A. 2008. On the possible representation of the electromagnetic equivalents of all human memory within the Earth's magnetic field: implications for theoretical biology. Theoretical Biology Insights 1:3-11.