Force11 Blogs


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...


How Much of the Literature Goes Uncited?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 1:30am

Making sense of non-events (citation, circulation, and publication) requires context and a tolerance for uncertainty. Continue reading »


Fixing siRNAs by creating an anti-siRNA

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 3:13pm

Small pieces of RNA in our cells can act like molecular switches that turn genes off by binding to them. These pieces, called small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) are also used by researchers to design...


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...