Archive for March 2012

Why Is Science Both More Important and Less Trusted?

Science has always been politicized, but its political involvement and use is different these days. What is happening? And what can we do about it? Continue reading

The 2012 Tools of Change Keynote — LeVar Burton Uses the Two Most Important Words

LeVar Burton’s keynote from Tools of Change is amusing, interesting, and inspiring. Continue reading

The Article — Not Quite Dead Yet

UKSG Coverage – The Future of Scholarly Journals: slow evolution, rapid transformation – or redundancy? @CameronNeylon and @Michael_Mabe debate at #UKSGlive Continue reading

The Risks of Risk Aversion

Leadership at organizations of all kinds often justifies inaction with the statement, “We’re risk averse.” But is being risk-averse itself courting a set of risks? Is there any risk-free choice? Continue reading

Amazon, PDA, and Library Sales for Books

Amazon’s sales to libraries and patron-driven acquisitions have many interesting marketplace parallels, but Amazon works only with print for libraries, whereas PDA is mostly digital. This could lead Amazon to enter the PDA market through acquisition. Continue reading

The Problems With Calling Comments “Post-Publication Peer-Review”

There’s much more to making “post-publication peer-review” work, much less a valid form of peer-review. Rebranding comments and letters isn’t sufficient. Maybe it’s time to recognize over-reach. Continue reading

Can He Fix it? CrossRef Launches ‘Toon to Inspire Young Publishers

Will a new cartoon designed to lure children into digital publishing work? Yes, it can. Continue reading

The Portal Problem, Part 1: The Plight of the Britannica

Did the Encyclopedia Britannica stop printing because of the limitations of print? Or is there something more pernicious at the roots of Britannica’s problems? Continue reading

Speed and Retention — Are e-Readers Slower and More Forgetful?

E-readers seem to slow information accession and fog retention. Should we worry as the era of “big paper” begins its final stages? Continue reading

Publishing in a Weak Peer-Review Culture — Russian Academics and Paid Publication Practices

A survey of Russian researchers shows a burgeoning paid publications environment in a weak peer-review culture, with a level of cynicism about the process which makes publication less valuable. Are there lessons to be learned? Continue reading

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