Archive for December 2012

Update from the Blog — Thanks for an Amazing Year

The Kitchen continues to thrive — more than a million views in 2012, thousands of followers, and a lot of energy going into 2013. Here are some details. Continue reading

Video Rewind — The Creative Deadline, a Video

Simple technologies plus creativity and hard work can create stunning results, as this 2010 video shows. Continue reading

Video Rewind: Printing’s Alive, a Celebration

Is print dead, or just demoted? This video shows that it, and its advocates, won’t go down without a fight. Continue reading

Video Rewind — Unicode, the Video: All 49,000 Characters

Unicode is a vast system for rendering the written word. Here’s a video of its scope and complexity. Continue reading

Video Rewind — What To Do When Your Blackberry Is Frozen

A very funny sketch about apples, oranges, blackberries, and juice. Continue reading

Video Rewind — Lighting Up the Slopes

Lights, snow, action! Nothing finer than a suit of LEDs carving up the slopes. Continue reading

The $20 Tablet, and Four Interesting Questions for the Academic Market

A low-priced tablet computer from India might have the potential to change the game for many. Are we ready for a potential rapid and system-wide disruption? Continue reading

The Best Mistakes — and Corrections — of 2012

In a year of mistakes, some corrections stand head and shoulders above others. Let us celebrate the honest and witty souls behind them. Continue reading

How Much of the Literature Goes Uncited?

Making sense of non-events (citation, circulation, and publication) requires context and a tolerance for uncertainty. Continue reading

The Slow But Steady March Toward Paid Content

The New York Times is now publishing short e-books, another step down the path to monetizing content directly instead of through the sale of advertising. Continue reading

By Birdie: A New National Academy Report on Data Sharing

The US government views data policy as an emerging area. A new National Academies report reveals the potential and the barriers, many of which are financial. Continue reading

What’s In a (Journal) Name?

The name of a journal extends far beyond what it publishes. United brands (Nature, JAMA, Cell, Science, IEEE, PLoS) create powerful signals in the marketplace. They can also be overextended. Continue reading

Chefs’ Selections: The Best Books Read During 2012

Once again, the Chefs list their favorite books read this year — everything from Presidents to statisticians to cancer to owl soup. Enjoy! Continue reading

A Music Video With Important Lessons

Enjoy a laugh and lots of important lessons about how to decrease moronic mortality rates. Continue reading

The Mayan Doomsday’s Effects on Survival Rates — A Study

While some may be blinded to the clear implications of the Mayan calendar, these intrepid Canadian researchers find shocking and significant results to survival studies. Continue reading

A Call for Simplified Tablet Publishing — “The Subcompact Manifesto”

A manifesto urges publishers to make simple, functional, and practical tablet editions, and to avoid the tendency for bloat. Continue reading

Moving Scholarly Society Members Online-Only – Are We Reaching the Tipping Point?

More value can be delivered online, and members seem to be seeking it. Is it time to move to an online-only benefits model for societies? Continue reading

Gaming Google Scholar Citations, Made Simple and Easy

A new paper demonstrates how easy it is to game Google Scholar citations, and how the system resists correction. Continue reading

New Players, New Priorities — Part 3: It’s Never About the Money; It’s Always About the Money

Funders and governments are exerting their influence in scientific publishing through monetary and financial threats, and are willing to slow science in order to accomplish OA goals. Continue reading

Editorial Spoofing in the Age of Electronic Peer-Review

In a story of the modern age of fraud, spoofers find their way into peer-review rosters, reviewing their own papers or those of their friends/competitors. Continue reading

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