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Dancing with Myself — The Principal Impediment to Change and Innovation

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 1:30am

The principal impediment to changing or developing an organization is the view of the management that they already are doing a good job. Thus all new initiatives are measured in terms of past...


Gun Violence and the Politics of Research Funding — Suppressed Research and Tragic Outcomes

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 1:30am

The shootings in Connecticut last year can be, to some extent, blamed on research funding cuts and political intrusions into public health research. Continue reading »


Penguins Punctuate 2012 for PLOS ONE

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012 - 2:37pm

Today is the last day of 2012. As you put on your formal wear and get ready to ring in the new year, why not reflect on the animal that’s always in style: the penguin! This year, PLOS ONE published...


Update from the Blog — Thanks for an Amazing Year

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012 - 1:30am

The Kitchen continues to thrive -- more than a million views in 2012, thousands of followers, and a lot of energy going into 2013. Here are some details. Continue reading »


The WordPress 2012 Blog Summary for ThinkLinks

Source: Think Links Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012 - 12:30pm

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,900 views in...


Our top five: Social media for dissemination

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012 - 3:00am

Our Impact of Social Sciences project team are certainly softies for social media and its potential for dissemination. Here are some of our (and your) favourite social media posts from the past year...


Video Rewind — The Creative Deadline, a Video

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012 - 1:30am

Simple technologies plus creativity and hard work can create stunning results, as this 2010 video shows. Continue reading »


Opening peer-review: our new paper on SOAPdenovo2 shows how it works

Source: GigaBlog Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 9:09am

With everyone in a reflective mood as the year comes to a close, one of the big scientific trends of 2012 has obviously been the high profile that open-access and more open methods of carrying out...


Our top five: How to write

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 3:00am

Our posts with tips on how to write proved incredibly popular with our readers this year. Here are our top five most read, in decreasing order, for you to feast your eyes on… 30 tips for...


Video Rewind: Printing’s Alive, a Celebration

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 1:30am

Is print dead, or just demoted? This video shows that it, and its advocates, won't go down without a fight. Continue reading »


Video Rewind — Unicode, the Video: All 49,000 Characters

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 1:30am

Unicode is a vast system for rendering the written word. Here's a video of its scope and complexity. Continue reading »


Video Rewind — What To Do When Your Blackberry Is Frozen

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 1:30am

A very funny sketch about apples, oranges, blackberries, and juice. Continue reading »


Data access going the way of journal article access? Insist on open data

Source: Victoria Stodden Posted: Monday, December 24, 2012 - 4:36am

The discussion around open access to published scientific results, the Open Access movement, is well known. The primary cause of the current situation — journal publishers owning copyright on...


Video Rewind — Lighting Up the Slopes

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, December 24, 2012 - 1:30am

Lights, snow, action! Nothing finer than a suit of LEDs carving up the slopes. Continue reading »


Interview on missing trials with the Institute for Clinical Research

Source: Bad Science Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 11:46am

Just catching up on posting some overdue entries, I’ll do a roundup of progress on the hidden trial data problem in a while. Firstly, briefly, here’s an interview I did with the members...


From Hypothesis to Data driven Research

Source: Science to Grok Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 9:03am

How does big-data change the way we make science? Well, actually in many ways.But the consequences could be more than the expected ones.In this post, Gerd Moe-Behrens, director and founder of the...


PLOS ONE News and Blog Round-Up: 2012 in Review

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 - 2:06pm

In this round-up, we would like to share with you some of the PLOS ONE articles covered by the media in 2012. Over one thousand papers published in PLOS ONE were covered in the news! Exciting as it...


This year in science on ResearchGate

Source: Research Gate Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 - 5:50am

It’s been an exciting year here at the ResearchGate HQ, and an even more exciting year in science! One important discovery and event followed the next, and all were wildly discussed in the...


Social media, impact factors and how to get writing: Our most popular blogs of the year

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 - 2:00am

As the year closes, the Impact of Social Sciences project team took a walk down memory lane and found your top ten most read blog articles of the past year. Beginning with out most popular, Melissa...


Promoting Data Citation in Nature (and Pushing Past Panda Problems)

Source: GigaBlog Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 - 2:58am

Regular reader of this blog will be aware of our efforts to promote data citation using digital object identifiers (DOIs), and this week, alongside Rebecca Lawrence from F1000 Research and Kevin...


The Best Mistakes — and Corrections — of 2012

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 - 1:30am

In a year of mistakes, some corrections stand head and shoulders above others. Let us celebrate the honest and witty souls behind them. Continue reading »


The $20 Tablet, and Four Interesting Questions for the Academic Market

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 - 1:30am

A low-priced tablet computer from India might have the potential to change the game for many. Are we ready for a potential rapid and system-wide disruption? Continue reading »


REF nightmares before Christmas

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 3:00am

In a moment of frivolity Athene Donald sketched out how a REF committee in a dysfunctional department might pan out. As chair of her own local REF committee she is delighted to say my own ...


An entry form for JATS metadata

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 3:17am

JATS, the Journal Article Tag Suite, defines a vocabulary of XML elements and attributes used to describe the content and metadata of journal articles.  As described in the previous post, we have...


Mapping JATS to RDF

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 2:26am

JATS, the Journal Article Tag Suite, defines a vocabulary of XML elements and attributes used to describe the content and metadata of journal articles.  In this post, I describe the mapping of JATS...