I continued my rounds of the ISMB publisher booths.
The bottom line:
Posting research progress and results on blogs and wikis prior to submission is just fine according to every publisher representative who was confident in their answer.
Representatives (often senior editors) from PLoS, IOP publishing, CRC Press, and Oxford Journals all said “no problem.” The one minor exception: The rep from Oxford Journals said that of the 200+ journals in their family, she believes that a few *may* have a different and more strict policy, but she wasn’t sure.
The reps from John Wiley and Springer were not familiar enough with their policies in this area to comment.
Haven’t managed to find the Elsevier rep yet.
1. Many of the “not a problem” reps explained that their publishing house has a history of publishing in math and physics, which set a precedent in this area
2. Many of the reps didn’t seem to have ever been asked about pre-print servers, or about posting research progress and results on blogs and wikis prior to publication.
Heart-warmingly, Mark Patterson from PLoS said, “oh, ala Jean-Claude Bradley. We totally support it.” :)
The rep fro IOP publishing (PhysicalBiology) made a point of mentioning that they sponsor and support a user-friendly interface to the pre-print server arXiv: ePrintWeb.org
It was certainly valuable for me to discover that all of these bio/biomedical informatics publishers did not view Open Notebook Science as a hurdle to submission (Open Access and Open Licensing of the eventual article itself aside).
I could maybe have guessed it based on their green/gold/whatever pre-print policies, but good to hear directly nonetheless.