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Introducing the Life in Extreme Environments Collection

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 6:52am

Written by Daniel Colman (Guest Editor, Montana State University), Ruth Blake (Guest Editor, Yale University) and Hanna Landenmark (Associate Editor, PLOS ONE). We are delighted to introduce a...


The French National Fund for Open Science supports OpenCitations

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 2:41am

The FNSO is contributing € 250,000, which is 16.3% of the amount that was requested under SCOSS and is committing to a political and technical partnership with OpenCitations. Continue reading →


Guest Post — Report: Gender Diversity in Research is Improving, But We Still Have Work To Do

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 2:30am

Bamini Jayabalasingham, Ylann Schemm, and Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski present the takeaways of a new report by Elsevier, "The Researcher Journey Through a Gender Lens". The post Guest Post —...


Introducing the Life in Extreme Environments Collection

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, March 9, 2020 - 5:00pm

Written by Daniel Colman (Guest Editor, Montana State University), Ruth Blake (Guest Editor, Yale University) and Hanna Landenmark (Associate Editor, PLOS ONE). We are delighted to introduce a...


Controlled digital lending and Open Libraries: helping libraries and readers in times of crisis

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Monday, March 9, 2020 - 2:17pm

tldr; As libraries face closure across the globe because of coronavirus, millions of digitized books are now available for free to be borrowed by learn-at-home students and readers. We need more...


To ensure the quality of peer reviewed research introduce randomness

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, March 9, 2020 - 4:00am

Journals play an important role in signalling the quality of academic research. This quality is often linked to measures such as the journal impact factor. However, these measures often obscure the...


Subscribe to Open: A Mutual Assurance Approach to Open Access 

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, March 9, 2020 - 2:30am

As the success of Subscribe to Open grows, what are the benefits and limitations of the model?  The post Subscribe to Open: A Mutual Assurance Approach to Open Access  appeared first on The Scholarly...


Book Review: Probing the Corporate Manipulation of Science

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 1:40am

In this repost, Christie Aschwanden reviews David Michaels’ The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception, finding the book to provide a combative and unflinching account of the...


Guest Post: Michael Nelson's Response

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 7:05am

Back last June I posted a three part series on Michael Nelson's CNI keynote Web Archives at the Nexus of Good Fakes and Flawed Originals and offered him a guest post to respond. Now, I owe Nelson a...


Open Access Directory – A resource for making sense of the open access landscape

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, March 6, 2020 - 5:00am

The Open Access Directory (OAD) is a wiki of factual lists on the subject of open access. Designed to make sense out of the chaos of different information about open access, in this post Nancy...


Ritual, Process, and Social Interaction: The World’s Oldest Surviving Video Rental Store

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, March 6, 2020 - 2:30am

A visit to the world's longest running video rental store and a lesson about the value of inconvenience. The post Ritual, Process, and Social Interaction: The World’s Oldest Surviving Video...


The Cornoavirus (COVID-19) outbreak highlights serious deficiencies in scholarly communication

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00am

As research and government responses to the COVID-19 outbreak escalate in the face of a global public health crisis. Vincent Larivière, Fei Shu and Cassidy R. Sugimoto reflect on efforts to make...


Is it Finally the Year of Research Data? – The STM Association Thinks So

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 2:30am

On February 26th, Phill Jones gate-crashed the 2nd STM association research data workshop. Here's what he learned about the progress being made and that challenges ahead in making data sharable, open...


Increasing the flexibility of AuthorAID MOOCs with learning pathways

Source: The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications Posted: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 4:56am

Over the past two years, we have been introducing more flexibility and customization in our online courses. Ravi Murugesan shares some of the impact of 'learning pathways' for recent AuthorAID course...


Guest Post — Open Peer Review in the Humanities

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 2:30am

Open peer review hasn’t caught on in the humanities, but it has been part of ongoing experiments in humanities publishing. As the American Historical Review tries open review, what lessons can we...


Falling Research Productivity Revisited

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 8:00am

Last year, in Falling Research Productivity, I commented on Are Ideas Getting Harder to Find? by Nicholas Bloom et al. Now, The Economist's current issue has a Free Exchange column entitled How to...


Writing advice – How to tell the good from the bad

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 3:05am

A simple search for academic writing advice, or a trawl through social media hashtags, such as #AcWri, will produce a huge amount of information about how to undertake academic writing. In this...


Guest Post — How China’s New Policy May Change Researchers’ Publishing Behavior

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 2:30am

Dr. Jie Xu from the Wuhan University of China offers a view of how Chinese researchers are reacting and are likely to alter their behavior in response to new policies governing research evaluation....


Fixing the broken link in strategic R&D sourcing: real-time budget tracking

Source: The Science Exchange blog Posted: Monday, March 2, 2020 - 6:23am

R&D leaders, whether in a small- or medium-sized biotech, a large pharma, or an emerging startup, agree that tracking R&D spend by...


Joining together to redress university gender imbalances

Source: The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications Posted: Monday, March 2, 2020 - 4:34am

Meeting together, sharing experiences, finding a collective voice to tackle gender inequity in research and higher education, in Ethiopia and Uganda.


Humans are the Loop: Social Solutions to Technological Challenges

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, March 2, 2020 - 2:30am

From Siri to autonomous vehicles, the magic of tech innovations are wrought by human ingenuity -- and setting boundaries around these technologies is a social enterprise, with inherently cultural...


Every Pop Melody Possible is Now in the Public Domain

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, February 28, 2020 - 2:30am

What if you used a computer to generate every possible song and then put it in the public domain? Damien Riehl and Noah Rubin did just that. The post Every Pop Melody Possible is Now in the Public...


You’re Invited to join Rebecca Solnit in conversation with Andrew Sean Greer

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 3:45pm

Please join us on Monday, March 16th for an evening with Rebecca Solnit as she reads from and discusses her new memoir, “Recollections of My Nonexistence”. In conversation with author Andrew Sean...


Ludwig Siegele On Data

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 8:00am

Ludwig Siegele's latest Special report for The Economist is entitled A deluge of data is giving rise to a new economy. He provides an excellent overview of the impact the availability of vast amounts...


New Chinese Policy Could Reshape Global STM Publishing

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 2:30am

A new set of policies mark an effort to largely reform the research and higher education evaluation systems in China. The potential impact on the STM publishing sector is examined. The post New...