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Book Review: A Lot of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy by Russell Muirhead and Nancy L. Rosenblum

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2019 - 2:00am

In A Lot of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy, Russell Muirhead and Nancy L. Rosenblum identify and outline the emergence of a new type of conspiracist thinking in...


Happy Fourth of July

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 2:30am

We're off for the US Independence Day holiday. Celebrate with the Staple Singers. The post Happy Fourth of July appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.


#ScientistsWhoSelfie – How sharing selfies can build trust in science

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:01am

Academic research is most often represented in abstract depersonalised formats, such as written articles and books, tables of evidence, infographics etc. Whereas these media have developed to convey...


They Know We Know They Know: Does Sci-Hub Affect Library Subscriptions?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 2:30am

So does Sci-Hub lead libraries to cancel journals, or doesn't it? Maybe the answer isn't a simple yes or no. The post They Know We Know They Know: Does Sci-Hub Affect Library Subscriptions? appeared...


The Web Is A Low-Trust Society

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 8:00am

Back in 1992 Robert Putnam et al published Making democracy work: civic traditions in modern Italy, contrasting the social structures of Northern and Southern Italy. For historical reasons, the North...


The Marketer's Tool Kit: Leveraging social media - three steps to move beyond broadcasting

Source: The Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 7:51am

We spoke to Emma Watkins, Marketing Manager at IOP Publishing and co-tutor on our Effective Journals Marketing training course about how to get the most out of social media. Here's what she said.It’s...


Evidence matters, but ideas shape policy in more fundamental ways than we might realise

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 4:15am

Evidence-based policy-making can be problematic in practice, especially if the evidence is uncertain. Based on a case study concerning the formation of a national-level policy position in Ireland in...


Guest Post: Plan S and Humanities Publishing

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 2:30am

Jasmin Lange from Brill suggests a path forward for open access in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The post Guest Post: Plan S and Humanities Publishing appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.


Internet Archive Responds to UK Online Harms White Paper

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Monday, July 1, 2019 - 10:44am

The United Kingdom has proposed a broad new regulatory framework for dealing with harmful content online in its Online Harms White Paper. The Internet Archive is concerned that the new framework...


Most 20th Century Books Unavailable to Internet Users – We Can Fix That

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Monday, July 1, 2019 - 10:52am

The books of the 20th century are largely not online.  They are mostly not available from even the biggest booksellers. And, libraries who have collected hard copies of these books have not...


EveryONE: Owen Tomlinson

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, July 1, 2019 - 8:11am

Note: this is the first of a series of posts in which you’ll get a glimpse into the important work that PLOS ONE authors are performing. Today we’re showcasing Owen Tomlinson from the...


The Academy Mobilizes – Unizin Tackles Learning Analytics

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, July 1, 2019 - 2:30am

Judy Luther takes an in-depth look at Unizin, a consortial effort by universities to build open source digital learning systems. The post The Academy Mobilizes – Unizin Tackles Learning Analytics...


Book Review: Refugees in Higher Education: Debate, Discourse and Practice by Jacqueline Stevenson and Sally Baker

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 2:00am

20 June is World Refugee Day. In their new book Refugees in Higher Education: Debate, Discourse and Practice, Jacqueline Stevenson and Sally Baker offer a comprehensive discussion of the policies and...


Getting Ready for DWeb Camp: Defining Our Terms

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 11:04pm

This is a guest post by Lawrence Wilkinson and Richard Whitt summarizing a conversation they led at the 2018 Decentralized Web Summit on the topic of the language and terminology we use to talk...


Two Thin Strands of Glass

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 - 7:31pm

There’s a tiny strand of glass inside that thick plastic coat. Two thin strands of glass. When combined, these two strands of glass are so thin they still wouldn’t fill a drinking straw....


A Deep Dive into Openness

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 - 6:32pm

Laying a Shared Foundation for a Decentralized Web In this guest post, Richard Whitt builds on his prepared remarks from the “Defining Our Terms” conversations at the Decentralized Web Summit in...


Regional Accents of the United States

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 - 2:30am

A Friday video offering 50 different regional accents from 50 states in America. The post Regional Accents of the United States appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.


Identity in the Decentralized Web

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 5:09pm

By Jim Nelson In today’s world, why do platforms require so many accounts for a single person? (Courtesy of Jolocom) In July of 2018, more than 1000 people gathered at the...


The Risks Of Outsourcing

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 8:00am

My Cloud for Preservation post was in some sense all about the risks of outsourcing IT infrastructure to the cloud. Below the fold I comment on two recent articles illustrating different aspects of...


What is the Blockchain Really, and Should You Care? A Guide for the Perplexed Scholarly Publishing Citizen.

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 2:30am

Here's your 12 point guide to blockchain. Written for non-technically minded scholarly publishing folk The post What is the Blockchain Really, and Should You Care? A Guide for the Perplexed Scholarly...


Peer Review Week Is Five!

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 2:30am

The fifth annual Peer Review Week will take place from September 16-20, 2019. In this post, co-founder Alice Meadows reflects on its history and achievements, and looks forward to this year's...


Lina M. Khan On Structural Separation

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 8:00am

In It's The Enforcement, Stupid! I argued that anti-trust enforcement was viable only if there were "bright lines". I even went further and, following Kim Stanley Robinson's Pacific Edge, suggested a...


How to Write a Book Review of an Edited Collection

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 2:33am

Reviewing an edited collection can seem a daunting task, presenting different challenges to a review of a monograph. In this piece, LSE RB Managing Editor Rosemary Deller shares five tips for writing...


The Robots are Writing: Will Machine-Generated Books Accelerate our Consumption of Scholarly Literature?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 2:30am

Does Springer Nature’s first machine-generated book usher in a new era of authorship? Or readership? Are the robots writing? The post The Robots are Writing: Will Machine-Generated Books Accelerate...


How Do You Address the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance?

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, June 24, 2019 - 1:22pm

In November 2018, PLOS ONE attended the European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE) conference in Malta. The conference, which is organised annually by the...