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#scholrev Hackathon: Jailbreaking the PDF!

Source: Science to Grok Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013 - 3:13pm

Need your help! We are looking for motivated people who wants to participate in an hackathon the 27th on may.It will take place at the European Semantic Web Conference Monday, May 27, 2013,...


At the University of Durham: Humanities, Copyright and New Technologies (Workshop)

Source: Ernesto Priego's blog Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013 - 8:31am

I am looking forward to participating in "Forms of Innovation: Humanities, Copyright and New Technologies", a workshop at the University of Durham this Saturday 27 April 2013.


Academics and universities must continue to develop open access alternatives to break the monopoly of large publishers

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013 - 3:15am

Academic publishing and open access alternatives to the subscription-based system were discussed last week in front of the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Parliamentary Select Committee. Ann...


More Review Costs More — The Dynamics of a Complex and Varied Expense for Journals

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013 - 2:30am

Can peer review systems be run less expensively? Sure, if you eliminate major levels and elements of peer review. Continue reading »


Book Review: Presumed Incompetent: the Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 3:00am

In Presumed Incompetent, through personal narratives and qualitative empirical studies, over 40 authors expose the daunting challenges faced by academic women of colour as they navigate the often...


What the Reinhart & Rogoff Debacle Really Shows: Verifying Empirical Results Needs to be Routine

Source: Victoria Stodden Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 3:51pm

There’s been an enormous amount of buzz since a study was released this week questioning the methodology in a published paper. The paper under fire is Reinhart and Rogoff’s “Growth...


A Perfect Match: A Multidisciplinary Conference for the Ultimate Multidisciplinary Journal

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 9:45am

Despite the ongoing situation in Boston, at this point the Experimental Biology 2013 conference is scheduled to begin this Sunday, and PLOS ONE is looking forward to being there to meeting our...


Pre-publication posting and post-publication review will facilitate the correction of errors and will ultimately strengthen published submissions

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 3:30am

The traditional peer-review process is not a 100% reliable filter, argues journal editor Rolf Zwaan. It is foolish to view the published result as the only thing that counts simply because it was...


You Won’t Believe What People Are Doing With Their Pants at Kmart!

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 2:30am

Kmart = hip? Of course, as they demonstrate taboos, when combined properly, can be funny and memorable. Continue reading »


Social policy academics must stop excluding themselves from national debates on the welfare state

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 3:15am

The around-the-clock public debate on welfare has been steadfast, yet social policy academics have been noticeably absent from these debates. Daniel Sage argues that while the media bear some...


Stick to Your Ribs: The Library With No Books In It

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 2:30am

(Editor’s Note: This post is being republished to coincide with the launch of the Digital Public Library, which is being celebrated with a two-day event at the Boston Public Library.) The...


It isn't just Kryder's Law

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 12:00pm

The drastic fall-off in PC shipments as demand switches to tablets isn't just affecting the prospects for Kryder's law reducing storage media costs, even for 2.5" drives:PC sales are in terminal...


Announcing the PLOS Text Mining Collection

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 11:03am

Post authored by Casey M. Bergman, Lawrence E. Hunter, Andrey Rzhetsky Text Mining is an interdisciplinary field combining techniques from linguistics, computer science and statistics to build tools...


An embedded culture of research impact will not emerge unless universities think beyond the REF

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 3:03am

The common impact narrative, illustrated best by the Research Excellence Framework, is one of ‘accountability’ – impact as the most effective way of demonstrating research’s...


Wolves and Sheep — What To Do Now That Venture Capitalists Are Stalking Scientific Publishing

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 2:30am

The recent sale of Mendeley exposed surprisingly naive perspectives on the company's clear and inherent goals. Other venture capital plays are afoot in scientific publishing and academia. When will...


Genetics and open access publishing meets Chilli Crab

Source: GigaBlog Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 12:15am

Singapore – a wonderful city of diverse cultures and culinary affair, is not just about the infamous chilli crab or signature cocktail, Singapore Sling, but from the 13-19 April the vibrant...


Registration Now Open: ACM/IEEE 2013 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL)

Source: McDonald Online Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 6:12am

Registration is now open (April 15) for the 2013 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL). http://jcdl2013.org/registration For more information on registration, including...


What’s the right model for shared scholarly communications infrastructure?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 3:15am

With the sale of startup Mendeley to publishing giant Elsevier, Cameron Neylon reflects on the differences in models and cultures of innovation in scholarly communication. For-profit startups,...


Interview with Michael Bierut — Typography, Modern Applications, and Timeless Communication Challenges

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 2:30am

An interview with designer Michael Bierut, about the history of typography, its current manifestations, the power of habituation, and why Parma matters. Continue reading »


Science for Marathon Monday: On Your Mark…Get Set… And Go!

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:09am

Still procrastinating on those tax returns? If you have finally filed and are looking to blow off some steam, maybe a 26.2 mile run will do the trick! Today on April 15th, over 27 thousand people...


Blogging as post-publication peer review: reasonable or unfair?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013 - 3:20am

The replicability and methodology of a paper published in a high-impact journal has prompted further discussion regarding scientific discourse and responsibility. Dorothy Bishop argues the journal...


Disruption Ain’t What It Used to Be

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013 - 2:30am

The journals business has not been disrupted and does not appear likely to be disrupted for some time. Journals publishers continue to dominate the institutional market and are seeking to coopt Gold...


Book Review: “Raw Data” is an Oxymoron

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 3:00am

We live in the era of Big Data, with storage and transmission capacity measured not just in terabytes but in petabytes. Data collection is constant and even insidious, with every click and every “...


What’s the right model for shared scholarly communications infrastructure?

Source: Science in the Open Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 8:48am

Dollar (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There have been a lot of electrons spilled over the Elsevier Acquisition of Mendeley. I don’t intend to add too much to that discussion but it has provoked for...


Attention All Procrastinators: There’s Research to Help!

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 9:19am

It’s the twelfth of April and the clock is ticking on your tax return. For those of you who haven’t filed, we’ve assembled a few PLOS ONE papers to help get you back on track. If you’ve pulled...