Force11 Blogs


From Monograph to Multigraph: the Distributed Book

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 3:00am

Humanities and Social Science disciplines have traditionally relied heavily on the monograph as the prized scholarly output. But given the rapid changes in communication, as well as the mounting...


Leaked Data Policy Raises Monster STM Data Issues

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 1:30am

A new proposal regarding federally funded data is leaked. What might a broad policy for public access mean? Continue reading »


Ask the Chefs: What Are STM Publishers Doing Right?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 1:30am

In the follow-up to "What Are STM Publishers Doing Wrong?" we explore what STM publishers are doing right. It's an impressive list. Continue reading »


New fossil suggests giant ‘killer walrus’ was just a toothy fish-eater

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 2:32pm

Sea lions, otters, humpback whales and harbor seals are familiar sights to most native Californians today, but the waters off this coastline once harbored a much stranger fauna: giant bony-toothed...


AllTrials campaign launches, please sign and spread!

Source: Bad Science Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 10:00am

I am very pleased to announce the launch of a prominent campaign for access to all trial results, which we have launched this week at www.alltrials.net, with myself, Sense About Science, Sir Iain...


Share data and win a prize?

Source: NIF Blog FORCE11 Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 10:06am

We have data sharing sticks from NIH and NSF, but now there is a carrot from INCF. Good luck! Are you producing valuable data? Are you producing reusable data?   INCF and One...


ResearchFish: CVs with alternative products

Source: Research Remix Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 9:14am

I received an email today and have been given permission to post it here to help spread the word.   See below (emphasis is mine). Looks like ResearchFish is useful for funders and universities, and...


Health Select Committee call on NICE, GMC, pharma industry to address missing data

Source: Bad Science Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 7:47am

Excellent to see the UK House Of Commons Health Select Committee making such a clear statement about the ongoing problem of missing trial results, which the ABPI have laughably claimed is “...


After the gold rush: MOOCs are augmenting rather than replacing formal educational models

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 3:00am

Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) is the most hyped educational buzzword of the last year. Alan Cann reflects on what still needs to be done after the hysteria dies down. You can read more about...


Ask the Chefs: What Are STM Publishers Doing Wrong?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 1:30am

The first of a two-part series, today we review a long and complicated list of things STM publishers are doing wrong. Tomorrow, we'll explore the opposite question -- what are STM publishers doing...


The Results Are In — A Survey of Book Purchasers

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 1:30am

The results from a recent survey on book discovery and purchasing are now available. Print is declining, but still an essential component of the business. Continue reading »


Considerations about #pdftribute and #sharecredentials

Source: Science to Grok Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 12:34am

In the last post I gave for free my credentials for limited-access journals for which my university pay the subscription fee.Micah Allen from his Neuroconscience blog address this licit...


My free access to limited access resources

Source: Science to Grok Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 5:54pm

I have not yet published in my career since i'm still a bachelor student. But here is how I can contribute to the Aaron Swarzt's  #pdftribute cause.By following this link https://login....


Moving vs. Copying

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 11:00am

At the suggestion of my long-time friend Frankie, I've been reading Trillions, a book by Peter Lucas, Joe Ballay and Mickey McManus. They are principals of MAYA Design, a design firm that emerged...


Openness has won – now what?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 3:00am

Martin Weller declares the openness battle to have been won. However, this means that new and murkier battle-lines are being drawn. Open vs closed has been replaced with a set of more complex,...


PubMed and F1000 Research — Unclear Standards Applied Unevenly

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 1:30am

F1000 Research has confusing review and publication practices, and doesn't call itself a journal, yet is now going to be indexed by PubMed -- further eroding the PubMed brand. Continue reading...


“I Want” Doesn’t Get — Just Recommending Data Archiving Isn’t Nearly as Effective as Requiring It

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 1:30am

Data archiving is becoming a new normal for scientific publishing, but a recent study shows you need to do more than just ask for it. Continue reading »


What is the Cerebral Cortex?

Source: NIF Blog Essays Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013 - 4:20pm

by Anita Bandrowski, This may seem a silly question, but lets see if you are more like a fifth grader or more like me. It appears that a fifth grade class I recently interacted with can answer a...


What is the Cerebral Cortex?

Source: NIF Blog FORCE11 Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013 - 4:20pm

by Anita Bandrowski, This may seem a silly question, but lets see if you are more like a fifth grader or more like me. It appears that a fifth grade class I recently interacted with can answer a...


Targeting Drug Resistant Tumors

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013 - 1:45pm

The vibrant colors in the image above show the levels of oxygen saturation in a breast tumor; note the prevalence of shades of dark and light blue, indicating very low oxygen saturation. These...


Advice for potential academic bloggers

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013 - 3:00am

One year after starting his Mainly Macro blog, Simon Wren-Lewis discusses the value of academic blogging. He finds that blogging has improved his teaching and helped him clarify his ideas.  I wanted...


Aaron is you

Source: Science to Grok Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013 - 3:31am

Rss, Creative Common, Reddit are just some of the web-revolution that Aaron help to develop.Then Openlibrary, and Demand Progress against the bills Sopa/Pipa.Aaron was 26 years old.There are lives...


Online Reviews of Doctors — Scant, Volatile and Overwhelmingly Positive

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013 - 1:30am

When trusting the wisdom of the crowds, its important to understand what is meant by "crowd." Continue reading »


Visualizing Social Science Research: Maps, Methods and Meaning

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 3:00am

Presenting basic principles of social science research through maps, graphs, and diagrams, this book shows how concept maps and mind maps can be used in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods...


Greetings from Lake Socompa! A Diversity of Life in Extreme Conditions

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 4:22pm

The photo above comes to us from a remote part of the Andes, at the base of the active volcano Socompa. Lake Socompa is situated here and its whitish stomatolites (a type of layered sediment...