It is possible?
One commenter here called the demise of CSF "an irresistible spectator sport" and I understand that. It's like driving by a pile-up on a busy highway. You know you should pay more attention to your driving, but somehow you can't avert your eyes.
But can CSF be saved? I'd like to suggest a way. I think it would work, but pride will prevent it from being implemented.
My idea is very simple.
1. Keep El Naschie as Editor in Chief.
2. Add to the cover the small-print tagline "for papers that have no chance of being published anywhere else".
3. Rather than making a pretense of individual peer-review, require all submissions to have appeared on the arxiv for two months prior to submission.
4. Reduce the price from $4520 per year to $45.20. That should cover publication costs if authors are required to follow a strict template that avoids the expense of typesetting.
5. Unbundle it from Elsevier's higher-quality journals. Require it to be purchased separately, or demonstrate good humor and lack of bitterness by working out a deal to bundle it with The Journal of Irreproducible Results.
That's the whole plan! There's a refreshing honesty and logic to it. In every area of commerce there are better and worse quality products, and they are distinguished by price. Why should science journals pretend to be different?
محمد النشائي All El Naschie All The Time محمد النشائي