Force11 Blogs


Why is Imperial College permitting Westminster public school to sell an internship?

Source: Bad Science Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 6:51am

This is very odd indeed. Westminster, one of the most expensive public schools in the UK, is holding a fund-raising auction. In this auction, you can buy an internship at Imperial College’s...


The apparatus of research assessment is driven by the academic publishing industry and has become entirely self-serving

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 3:15am

Peer review may be favoured as the best measure of scientific assessment ahead of the REF, but can it be properly implemented? Peter Coles does the maths on what the Physics panel face and finds...


Turbulence at PLoS — Two Key Executives Leave in Apparent Haste, Chairman of eLife Named New CEO

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 2:30am

More on the shake-up at PLoS -- how rare these types of departures are, why a board might make such a move, and how unsatisfactory every scenario but the most obvious becomes once you begin to run...


Signal Distortion — Why the Scholarly Communication Economy Is So Weird

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 2:30am

Incomplete signals in the scholarly publishing marketplace create problems for every participant. What is the path forward? Continue reading »


My champions of Open Science

Source: Research Remix Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 10:56am

We have a huge and valuable opportunity to honor hard work and dedication in our community:  the White House is calling for nominations for “Open Science” Champions of Change. Awards...


The longstanding culture in the social sciences of making data accessible is one to value

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 3:00am

Evidence-based social policy depends on access to rich supplies of high-quality data. But how can we create, curate, enrich and reuse data already collected by government departments and researchers...


PLoS, Stakeholders, and Shareholders

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 2:30am

PLoS has announced the departure of both its CEO and CFO, but has provided no explanation of what led to the management change. PLoS should explain the situation to all its shareholders. Continue...


Redundant and Expensive – How F1000 Research’s Model Reveals the Root Problems of PubMed Central

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 2:30am

More internal PubMed Central emails show quite clearly that PMC is wasting taxpayers' money solving problems publishers have already solved. Continue reading »


Book Review: Humanity 2.0: What it Means to be Human Past, Present and Future

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 3:00am

Social thinkers in all fields are faced with one unavoidable question: what does it mean to be ‘human’ in the 21st century? As definitions between what is ‘animal’ and what is ‘human’ break down, and...


OA options for a society journal

Source: Research Remix Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 10:52pm

Does your society want to embrace Open Access but not know where to start?  Maybe this will help. I was invited to be part of an OA Exploration Taskforce last fall: AMIA is/was considering OA for its...


Happy Mother’s Day from EveryONE!

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 4:14pm

Having children changes your life, your priorities and, for mothers, possibly even your brain. In pregnant women, fetal cells – which are genetically distinct from the mother’s cells – can actually...


The free, web-based EndNote Basic offers a new collaborative edge whilst remaining a true reference management tool

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 3:00am

The public response to Elsevier’s takeover of Mendeley prompted Thomson Reuters to release an enhanced, free version of their referencing management tool, EndNote Basic. Paul Horsler examines...


The Limits of Crowdsourcing in the Scientific Disciplines

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 2:30am

Social networking and crowdsourcing have attributes that may make them both incompatible with the goals and process of science. Can we accept that? Continue reading »


The difficulties sharing neuroscience data: can data publishing help?

Source: GigaBlog Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 7:25am

Last week we published our first neuroscience data note containing 10GB of fMRI data hosted and integrated into the paper by a DOI to our GigaDB database. While we have published a number of genomics...


Open access requirements will erode academic freedom by catalysing intensive forms of institutional managerialism

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 3:32am

In response to last week’s piece on how open access will enhance academic freedom, Kyle Grayson responds by outlining three key reasons why open access will directly–and indirectly...


Book Review: “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business”

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 2:30am

A few months ago, I assigned a book to my senior managers — Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit.” They smiled wanly as they accepted the books, prepared to slog through a...


Businessman Closes Product, Community Enraged! The Death of Tools of Change

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 2:30am

When a popular and iconic product is ended, the outrage doesn't match the pragmatism and agility we all espouse. TOC's end is one such example. Continue reading »


Color and Iridescence in the Stinkbug

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 5:38pm

“Beautiful” may not be the first word to describe the stinkbug, but Tectocoris diopthalamus sure are pretty. Pictured above are six specimens, three females (first row) and three males (second row...


At the British Library: Digital Scholarship 101

Source: Ernesto Priego's blog Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 6:52am

Tomorrow at the British Library, I will lead an internal one-day workshop titled "Digital Scholarship 101".


The legitimacy and usefulness of academic blogging will shape how intellectualism develops

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 3:00am

Academic blogging has become an increasingly popular form, but key questions still remain over whether blog posts should feature more prominently in formal academic discourse. Jenny Davis clarifies...


The Inexorable Path of the Professional Society Publisher

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 2:30am

There is a predictable path for society publishers as they explore their options. Their programs may be under pressure today, leading many of them to seek alliances with large commercial firms,...


Organizing the world’s scientific knowledge to make it universally accessible and powerful: building the breakthrough machine.

Source: Building a breakthrough machine Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 11:43pm

I gave a talk at Google Los Angeles on 04/30/2013 about my work. Here is a video link and a short abstract about the presentation.YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU5HRck4bn4Abstract...


Shame on you, Sylvia Browne, for telling Amanda Berry’s mother her daughter was dead.

Source: Bad Science Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 12:55pm

The story of Amanda Berry’s rescue in Cleveland – after ten years in captivity - is extraordinary. In 2004, popular psychic Sylvia Brown told Amanda’s mother that her little girl...


Storing "all that stuff"

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 8:00am

In two CNN interviews former FBI counter-terrorism specialist Tim Clemente attracted a lot of attention when he said: "We certainly have ways in national security investigations to find out exactly...


Absence of impact used to be the fashionable thing to claim

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 3:00am

Amidst the time-consuming intensity of compiling submissions for the Research Excellence Framework (REF), Athene Donald reflects on how the necessity of demonstrating research impact has been...