Force11 Blogs


Springer Establishes a Beachhead on the Desktop with Acquisition of Papers

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 1:30am

Springer's acquisition of Papers shifts the publisher into the workflow, and provides a unique opportunity to become a unifying resource. Continue reading »


I disagree that I disagree! There is room for more than one method of evidence in policymaking

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 3:30am

Academics should not get ‘bogged down’ in their perceptions of what methods of research government values. Kirsty Newman explains that when it comes to decision making in government, there is no...


Why Did Publishers Get So Big?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 1:30am

The recent announcement of the merger of Random House and Penguin prompts an essay on why publishers get big. Surprisingly, their own greed has little to do with it. Continue reading »


Trip Report: PLOS Article Level Metrics Workshop and Hackathon

Source: Think Links Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 7:25pm

From November 1 – 3, 2012, I attended the PLOS Article Level Metrics Workshop in San Francisco . PLOS is a major open-access online publisher and the publisher of the leading megajournal PLOS...


Great Genetics: PLOS ONE at ASHG

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 4:37pm

For the 2012 American Society for Human Genetics conference in San Francisco, we are highlighting a selection of recently published articles in the area.  In the last two years, PLOS ONE has...


Free Event 4th December: The Future of Academic Impacts

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 4:30am

The Future of Academic Impacts, a free, all day conference hosted by the LSE’s Impact of Social Sciences project team, will be held on Tuesday, 4th December at Beveridge Hall, Senate House,...


The impact of culture on science and social science was intense in the mid-nineteenth century – notably in poetry’s influence on the still emergent discipline of psychology

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 1:00am

Impact is often represented as ‘another (modern) brick in the wall’, but nineteenth century novelists and poets had strong social agendas, often driven by personal experience. Greg Tate argues that...


These Data Are Different from Those — Data Equivalence and Identification Issues

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 1:30am

As communications in science begin to incorporate data elements more routinely, the standards for describing these, versioning these, and preserving these have to be considered. And we will all have...


More eLife Articles on PubMed Central — The Government Subsidy Continues

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 1:30am

More articles are published by PubMed Central at the behest of eLife. It seems taxpayer-funded publishing is just fine for this new group. Continue reading »


How to make the most annoying biological database

Source: NIF Blog Essays Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 11:00am

Dear biological database owners, We have attempted to let people know how to make databases more interoperable and discoverable, but this blog takes a very different take on the idea. The ideas...


How to make the most annoying biological database

Source: NIF Blog FORCE11 Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 11:00am

Dear biological database owners, We have attempted to let people know how to make databases more interoperable and discoverable, but this blog takes a very different take on the idea. The ideas...


What Influences Voter Behavior?

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012 - 1:48pm

The “worm” may be changing how voters vote (Figure 1. Davis et al.) Although we’d like to believe that people determine how to vote based on relevant political issues, research has shown...


5 Minutes with Richard Lambert: “It’s a real shortcoming that academics are not good at communicating their research to the outside world”

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012 - 4:00am

As part of the Impact of Social Sciences’ project interview series, Richard Lambert tells Rebecca Mann of the opportunities for social scientists in the world of business, and the need for...


Why E-book Distribution Is Completely and Utterly Broken (and How to Fix It)

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012 - 2:30am

A recent incident involving Amazon and a Norwegian reader has highlighted the sad state of ebook distribution on many levels. Continue reading »


Hurricane Sandy and PLOS ONE

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 4:52pm

On Monday evening, Hurricane Sandy brought destruction to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the United States, leaving much of the area without water, electricity, and other basic amenities....


Announcing the Altmetrics Collection

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 2:00pm

With the increasing use of Web 2.0 tools in scientific publishing and discussion, there is growing concern that scholarly output may be swamping traditional mechanisms for filtering scientific impact...


Why your knowledge-sharing portal will probably not save the world

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 4:00am

The Internet is littered with abandoned knowledge-sharing portals, so what questions do you need to ask before jumping in and setting up a new one? Kirsty Newman lists four questions to ask before...


Open Access — What Do Authors Really Want?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 2:30am

Open access publishing is a viable option, with gold OA gaining traction. But concerns remain, and funding is uncertain. Continue reading »


Halloween Highlights: Crushing Jaws!

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 2:22pm

Happy Halloween to those goblins and ghouls amongst you! Before you go trick-or-treating tonight, let’s wrap up our month-long series on creepy critters and things that go bump in the night with one...


ESRC success rates by discipline: what on earth is going on?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 4:00am

It’s long been known that some academic subjects do better than others under the ESRC’s open call Research Grants scheme, but Adam Golberg argues that the latest figures show spectacular...


Twilight of the Promotional E-book

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 2:30am

As e-books have become mainstream, the art of using free e-books to drive print sales is coming to an end. But there are next steps for those who wish to think ahead. Continue reading »


Luck, Superstitions, and Rationality — Black Cats, Broken Mirrors, Ladders, Salt, and Umbrellas

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 2:30am

Common sense of yesteryear is sometimes expressed as "luck." Would we do better if we made modern common sense "lucky" as well? Continue reading »


UC now paying for Open Access!

Source: NIF Blog FORCE11 Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 11:29am

Hot off the press, from the desk of the Chancellor we just received a note about open access publishing that I would like to celebrate and share. “Beginning this week, the University of...


Forcing Frequent Failures

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 9:00am

My co-author Mema Roussopoulos pointed me to an Extremetech report on Harvard team's success in storing 70 billion copies of a 700KB file in about 60 grams of DNA:Scientists have been eyeing up DNA...


Does your organisation use research from the social sciences? Tell us what value it brings

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 4:00am

Does your organisation use research from the social sciences? If so, tell us how you use it and what value it brings. Fill out our short survey here Last week we launched a survey for academic...