Force11 Blogs


Why I started blogging-a scientist’s perspective

Source: NIF Blog Essays Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 10:39am

by Maryann Martone A recent post at the London School of Economics Social Science Impact blog on “Finding the time to blog” reminded me that I wanted to write a blog about why I started...


Why I started blogging-a scientist’s perspective

Source: NIF Blog FORCE11 Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 10:39am

by Maryann Martone A recent post at the London School of Economics Social Science Impact blog on “Finding the time to blog” reminded me that I wanted to write a blog about why I started...


What does it cost to publish a Gold Open Access article?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 3:00am

An emerging preference for Gold Open Access publishing has been stirring emotions. Mike Taylor highlights where the Finch Report goes wrong on cost and argues that academics should redirect their...


By Birdie: A New National Academy Report on Data Sharing

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 1:30am

The US government views data policy as an emerging area. A new National Academies report reveals the potential and the barriers, many of which are financial. Continue reading »


The Slow But Steady March Toward Paid Content

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 1:30am

The New York Times is now publishing short e-books, another step down the path to monetizing content directly instead of through the sale of advertising. Continue reading »


Finding the time to blog

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 3:00am

Pat Thomson doesn’t have too much time on her hands, and she isn’t trying to be trendy, yet she is finding time to write a blog. Here, she explains how she has altered her schedule to rely on a much...


What’s In a (Journal) Name?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 1:30am

The name of a journal extends far beyond what it publishes. United brands (Nature, JAMA, Cell, Science, IEEE, PLOS) create powerful signals in the marketplace. They can also be overextended. Continue...


Altmetrics are the central way of measuring communication in the digital age but what do they miss?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012 - 3:00am

Inspired by the push towards altmetrics, Nick Scott sees great potential to better communicate indicators of academic success. But this does constitute impact? Here, he puts forward questions on...


Chefs’ Selections: The Best Books Read During 2012

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012 - 1:30am

Once again, the Chefs list their favorite books read this year -- everything from Presidents to statisticians to cancer to owl soup. Enjoy! Continue reading »


GigaScience special session at ISCB-Asia on Workflows & Cloud for Reproducible Bioinformatics

Source: GigaBlog Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 12:55am

With advances in sequencing technologies leading to a so-called “data deluge”, the amount of data supporting a biological study is becoming increasingly unwieldy and difficult to make available....


Have paper, publish it free in the F1000 new journals (only free in December)

Source: NIF Blog FORCE11 Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 2:12pm

The faculty of 1000, has been a real leader in changing the structure of the peer review, and is in the process of launching several new journals including F1000Research that break the mold....


Going to the ASCB Annual Meeting? PLOS would like to meet you!

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 9:45am

MA104 cells labelled with actin (green) and DNA (blue). Image credit: PLoS ONE 7(10): e47612. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047612 Are you attending the upcoming Annual meeting of the American Society...


MPs write to Public Accounts Committee to request action on hidden trials and Tamiflu.

Source: Bad Science Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 7:29am

The letter below has been sent to Margaret Hodge, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, asking her to take action on the ongoing problem of hidden trials, and specifically Tamiflu. The very notion...


False claims by Stephen Whitehead and Deepak Khanna of the ABPI

Source: Bad Science Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 6:56am

Briefly: the ABPI have engaged in an energetic personal smear campaign, as predicted at the end of Bad Pharma. I’ll think about posting the details from leaked and external ABPI documents at...


Future of Impacts: ‘How to’ guide to social media, podcasting, blogging and writing your REF impact case study

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 3:00am

Missed our on our ‘How to’ sessions at the recent Future of Impacts conference? Never fear, our ‘How to’ social media, podcasting, blogging and impact case study guides are...


The Mayan Doomsday’s Effects on Survival Rates — A Study

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 1:30am

While some may be blinded to the clear implications of the Mayan calendar, these intrepid Canadian researchers find shocking and significant results to survival studies. Continue reading »


“Dumb Ways to Die” — A Music Video With Important Lessons

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 1:30am

Enjoy a laugh and lots of important lessons about how to decrease moronic mortality rates. Continue reading »


Visualizing the Uniqueness, and Conformity, of Libraries

Source: Dan Cohen's Blog Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 12:09pm

Tucked away in a presentation on the HathiTrust Digital Library are some fascinating visualizations of libraries by John Wilkin, the Executive Director of HathiTrust and an Associate University...


Win. Parliamentary Sci Tech Committee announces official inquiry into missing trial data.

Source: Bad Science Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 9:44am

Sorry to have been absent, I’ve been working away on several projects behind the scenes, on which much (much!) more shortly. I’m extremely pleased to say that the Commons Science and...


PLOS ONE Launches a New Peer Review Form

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 9:01am

Today PLOS ONE launches a new peer review form. While this might not sound like much of an announcement, the fact that our reviewer board currently contains over 400,000 scientists, and grows by the...


Efforts to strengthen UK universities will suffer if campaigns ignore their European counterparts

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

Moves to prove impact have led to a rise in campaign groups in support of public universities and the social sciences across the UK and Europe. Anne Corbett finds a worrying level of insularity in...


Moving Scholarly Society Members Online-Only – Are We Reaching The Tipping Point?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 1:30am

The past 10 years or so have seen an ever-increasing move away from print toward online-only journal subscriptions and licenses. Academic and research libraries have been moving to an online-only...


A Call for Simplified Tablet Publishing — “The Subcompact Manifesto”

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 1:30am

A manifesto urges publishers to make simple, functional, and practical tablet editions, and to avoid the tendency for bloat. Continue reading »


Introducing a new way to publish all of your research

Source: Research Gate Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 8:21am

Here at ResearchGate, we know your research isn't limited to the articles you've published. Think of all the datasets and negative results that never make the final cut – we don’t think...


Digital History at the 2013 AHA Meeting

Source: Dan Cohen's Blog Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 8:17am

It’s time for my annual list of digital history sessions at the American Historical Association meeting, this year in New Orleans, January 3-6, 2013. This year’s program extends last year...