Before the new year, there was a bit of a backlash against boycotting the glamour magz, spurred by Nobel Laureate Randy Schekman’s call to avoid said glamour magz. I like open access and alternative publishing models–hell, I would just as soon dump it all in bioArxiv and let the Intelligent Designer sort it out.
That said, despite the importance of communicating scientific results, I don’t think this is the most important issue facing scientists in 2014. The key issue is that biomedical job creation has stalled, even as we continue to produce more and more PhDs. When you add in that inflation has completely eroded the doubling of NIH funding during the Clinton and Bush eras, the dollars per applicant has plunged (there are more us today than in the 1990s).
What this means in terms of research is that innovative research is getting crushed. Regarding scientists–who do matter in all of this–salaries are starting to decline compared to 2009 in real dollar terms at every level (though poorer paid scientists are actually getting hit harder).
It seems to me that looking out for junior scientists and those who aren’t tenure track should be a higher priority in 2014.