Controversial Topics

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Rearguard and Vanguard

The problem of piracy is not easily solved with legal or even technical initiatives. To make piracy less significant, publishers need to create a different kind of content service, one that is resistant to piracy because of its dynamic nature. Continue reading

Keeping It Real — Ethics and Privacy as the Frontiers “Recursive Fury” Case Continues to Churn

Frontiers issues another statement about why the “Recursive Fury” paper was retracted, raising once again questions about why it was retracted, but shifting the focus more and more to how it was retracted. Continue reading

Left Behind—Will Proposed Rules in Scholarly Publishing Leave Behind a Population of Researchers?

Lost in the discussions of what open access, open data and public access should look like are the concerns of researchers who are not yet on board with what is being proposed. Continue reading

The Next Big Things?

Privacy, trust and managing the cultural record bubble to the surface of growing concerns. Continue reading

Bitcoin and Flash Traders — Leveraging Scarcity Within the Internet’s Infrastructure

Two ways to leverage scarcity in the computer world are worth examining, because they represent baffling new ways for the rich to get richer. Continue reading

Frontiers of Intimidation — What a Controversial Paper’s Travails Teach Us About Libel Laws and Publishing

Retracting a paper identifying a link between climate change deniers and conspiracy theorists provokes more conspiracy theories, but it turns out the real impetus for retraction is disappointingly parochial and explicable. Continue reading

CC-BY, Copyright, and Stolen Advocacy

Even with the protections of traditional copyright, an author may lose control of his original work and see it misappropriated and used for hateful ends. So is it any wonder that many authors have concerns about being required to publish under CC-BY? Continue reading

Reproducible Research: A Cautionary Tale

Public access to research data offers clear benefits for reproducibility in some fields. But in the world of cancer cell biology, complexity reigns, and replicating results is not so easy a process. Continue reading

What Does “Unsustainable” Mean?

We breeze by the statement that “scholarly publishing economics are unsustainable,” without contemplating what it actually means, how deep it goes, and why it has been allowed to get this way. Continue reading

Wellcome Money — In This Example of Open Access Funding, the Matthew Effect Dominates

A surprising set of recipients dominate a list of APC payments released by Wellcome Trust, suggesting that OA is not leading to a reshaping of the industry but perhaps merely driving further consolidation. Continue reading

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