Archive for October 2012

Luck, Superstitions, and Rationality — Black Cats, Broken Mirrors, Ladders, Salt, and Umbrellas

Common sense of yesteryear is sometimes expressed as “luck.” Would we do better if we made modern common sense “lucky” as well? Continue reading

Twilight of the Promotional E-book

As e-books have become mainstream, the art of using free e-books to drive print sales is coming to an end. But there are next steps for those who wish to think ahead. Continue reading

eLife Articulates Its Media Policy, and Risks Some of Its Editorial Power

eLife clarifies its media policies, adopting the mask of an enlightened approach that actually makes it harder for everyone to generate much attention. Continue reading

CC-Huh? Fundamental Confusions About the Role of Copyright and the Reuse of Data

A fundamental confusion between articles and data leads to a call for more CC licenses and less copyright. But why are data being closed down while articles are being opened up? Is there a fundamental misunderstanding of copyright, licensing, and rights? Continue reading

PubMed Central or OA Central — More Strange Behaviors at PMC and NLM Paint a Portrait of Biases and Poor Process

More information emerges about PubMed Central, its processes, its relationship with eLife, and its role as a technology provider. Overall, it looks like certain OA friends get special treatment, and the processes you think occur are often short-circuited and may not even be tracked. Continue reading

“Owa, mein Arsch” — When Water’s State Is More Set Than It Appears

“Look before you leap” may only be the beginning! Continue reading

Book Review: Nate Silver’s “The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don’t”

Nate Silver’s new book tackles many topics — Big Data, the problem with scientific statistics, chess, baseball, gambling — with style and substance. There’s a lot of signal here. Continue reading

Competition, Value, and Sustainability — Why This Can’t Go On

Value-based pricing of unique journal products may make sense from a revenue perspective, but not from a sustainability perspective. What are the options? Continue reading

Reclaiming the Lost Publishing Mojo

Publishers have lost ground in the public debate of the role of publishing in scholarly communications. A new strategy is needed, one that emphasizes preemption, cooptation, and innovation. Continue reading

Something’s Rotten in Bethesda — The Troubling Tale of PubMed Central, PubMed, and eLife

Last week, PubMed Central became the primary and sole publisher of eLife content, putting its competition with publishers, its manipulation of PubMed indexing criteria, its competition with publishing technology companies, and its clear OA bias into stark relief. Continue reading

Dark Social — A New Concept in Analytics That Explains Much of What We (Don’t) See

The dark matter of social sharing may be visible now, thanks to some smart theory, not more data. Continue reading

Does All Science Need to be Preserved? Do We Need to Save Every Last Data Point?

The era of Big Data raises many questions about why and how data should or can be preserved, who should lead the effort, and what the cost-benefit equation currently is. Continue reading

Recuse, Refuse, or Excuse — The Conflicts of Interest at the Heart of Funder-Backed Journals

Funder-sponsored journals raise important conflict of interest questions, and may be fundamentally untenable in an industry that requires independent third-party evaluation of research reports. Continue reading

Authors Aren’t Scientists, Scientists Are Authors — Why Catering to a Role Can Inhibit Robust Publishing

“Author-service” journals sound like a straightforward proposition, but when you contemplate how authorship is a minority activity by a minority of practicing scientists and science practitioners, it becomes much less clear that author service is enough to support robust publishing practices. Continue reading

PDA and the University Press — Final Study Now Available

Joe Esposito, with his colleagues Kizer Walker and Terry Ehling, has been working on an analysis of patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) for the past year. Joe has been posting early drafts of sections of the report on this research on the Kitchen. The full report is now available and can be downloaded here. Continue reading

Mapping the Flow of Rejected Manuscripts

A study of the flow of manuscript submissions reveals a highly structured and efficient network of scientific journals where peer-review plays a critical role in the improvement and slotting of papers. Continue reading

Acquiring a New Style of Argument — Clay Shirky on Github

Can the Internet create a new and more cooperative way of arguing? Continue reading

What Google Did Next

Google’s new initiatives show how impressive their knowledge of knowledge might become, especially if they pull off all the surprising and jaw-dropping mobile initiatives (Glass, driverless cars, others) they’re pursuing. Continue reading

The Google/AAP Settlement: Less Than Meets the Eye?

AAP and Google have reached a confidential settlement over Google Books. But the larger Authors Guild case remains. Continue reading

Why Are College Textbooks So Expensive?

Purchasing a college textbook can be a very expensive proposition. Why are these textbooks so expensive? The reason lies in the very structure of the industry, where instructors make decisions they don’t have to pay for. Continue reading

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