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

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