Force11 Blogs


Open Access needs terminology to distinguish between Gold OA funding models

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 3:00am

Shedding further light on the wider open access debate, Martin Eve calls for a more precise terminology for the variety of Gold OA business models that currently exist to help...


Worth a Thousand Words: Handedness in Fish

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 2:42pm

If you look closely at the image above, you’ll see that the mouths of these cichlid fish, Perissodus microlepis, curve in opposite directions. Similar to left or right handedness in humans, many...


ECCB 2012: Bioinformatics with a Swiss Flavour

Source: GigaBlog Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 1:55pm

In the midst of a busy few weeks of European meetings, GigaScience is currently in Basel, where ECCB 2012 (the European Conference of Computational Biology) has just ended. Usually overshadowed by...


Key Questions for Open Access Policy in the UK

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 3:00am

While recent policy developments have made huge strides for open access publishing, there is still great uncertainty over how the transition will play out. Stephen Curry distills the...


More on Glacier Pricing

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 9:00am

I used our prototype long-term economic model to investigate Amazon's recently announced Glacier archival storage service. The results are less dramatic than the hype. In practice, unlike S3, it...


The onset of the REF means that developing an academic publishing strategy is vital

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 3:00am

In a rush to publish papers before the forthcoming cut-off point for the Research Excellence Framework, academics and publishers might find themselves facing a long publishing back-...


PLOS ONE News and Media Roundup

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012 - 5:15pm

In August, PLOS ONE papers made the news for research on morality in infants, the first domesticated turkeys, the dangers of sea slug mating, and more! Are we born with a moral compass? Researchers...


A sociologist’s adventures in social media land

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012 - 3:00am

Deborah Lupton was pleasantly surprised when her first step into online academic discussions was met with over 2,000 readers and many instructive comments. Here, she shows how online...


Social science as practical wisdom: here come the examples

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 3:00am

Real Social Science presents a new, hands-on approach to social inquiry. The theoretical and methodological ideas behind the book are an original perspective within the social...


Announcing: Women’s Health and Fitness Series

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012 - 2:28pm

This month, in honor of National Women’s Health and Fitness Day on September 26th, we’ll be exploring upcoming and previously published work in PLOS ONE surrounding this topic. The breadth of...


Teaching the Semantic Web Outdoors

Source: Think Links Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012 - 4:44am

Today, I was teaching the second class of our Semantic Web class here at the VU University Amsterdam on RDF and RDFS. After the first half of the class in a very warm lecture room, the students were...


The undervalued book collection and peer review

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012 - 3:00am

Articles in an edited book shouldn’t be less valuable because they’re not peer reviewed in the same way as journal articles. The editor of a book places their academic...


The glacial pace of change in scientific publishing

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 3:00am

Most journals have not yet published papers submitted to them last November while in the meantime, NASA have managed to send a rocket to Mars and beam back images. Michael Eisen...


New animal species now official when published online

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 2:38pm

The International Commission for Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN), the body that regulates animal species names, took a big step earlier this week when it announced that electronic publication of a...


Hello, Goodbye: new changes to the GigaScience team

Source: GigaBlog Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 5:35am

As we enter a new month, we have to announce some personnel changes to GigaScience, as we welcome Nicole Nogoy to the team as a Commissioning Editor from her base in New Zealand. It is with sadness...


How can we support the use of research in policy and practice across Europe?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 3:00am

The most common approach to encourage use of academic research is to repackage or communicate it in different ways, but Caroline Kenny finds this strategy largely ineffective. She...


Threat Models For Archives

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 9:00am

I spent some time this week looking at a proposed technical architecture for a digital archive. It seems always to be the case that these proposals lack any model of the threats against which the...


Recognise academic writing as a craft… and when you’re 80 per cent happy, kick it out the door!

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 3:00am

It’s easy to agonize over every word and grow frustrated at a stunted word count. Here, Helen Sword explains how she stops herself from spending days pushing words around in circles...


A hybrid gold open access and a Chesire cat’s grin: How to repair the new open access policy of RCUK

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, September 3, 2012 - 3:00am

Unintended consequences of RCUK policy mean that if academics want open access publishing, publishers are happy to sell it to them, writes Stevan Harnad. He argues that researchers...


Making history ‘sexy’: Solid academic credentials with a lively and enthusiastic performance is the formula to success for presenting history

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 3:00am

Through case studies of leading historians, historical novelists, Hollywood filmmakers and television history presenters, Peter J. Beck looks critically at alternative literary and...


How to bury your academic writing (or should I write that book chapter?)

Source: NIF Blog Essays Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012 - 10:04pm

A recent blog post by Dorothy Bishop on “How to bury your academic writing” came through this week that considers the question of the relative impact of book chapters vs published...


How to bury your academic writing (or should I write that book chapter?)

Source: NIF Blog FORCE11 Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012 - 10:04pm

A recent blog post by Dorothy Bishop on “How to bury your academic writing” came through this week that considers the question of the relative impact of book chapters vs published...


Stein, Tankard, Pint, Boot: Different beer glasses affect drinking speed

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012 - 3:20pm

As we enter the Labor Day holiday weekend here in the US, many Americans will probably be celebrating with a beer (or two). Before the barbeques start, though, it may be worth considering a recent...


Is writing a book chapter a waste of time?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012 - 3:00am

Edited books may not pick up citations in Google Scholar but Pat Thomson writes that they do different work than journal articles or blogs and are often the first point of call for...


Five minutes with: Victor Henning, co-founder of Mendeley – Connecting academic research to the outside world

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 3:00am

Last week Patrick Dunleavy discussed his experience of transferring his personal research library onto the Mendeley software package. Today Sierra Williams talks to Mendeley co-...