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Central Casting — The Funding Problems We’re Baking Into the Future of Scholarly Publishing

As we drift into a scholarly economy with centralized payment mechanisms and greater dependence on government funding, are we truly setting ourselves up for long-term independence and success? Continue reading

Article Sharing on Scholarly Collaboration Networks – An Interview with Fred Dylla about STM’s Draft Guidelines and Consultation

The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers recently launched a consultation, requesting feedback from all stakeholders about their draft principles on article sharing on scholarly communication networks. Find out more about how and why these principles are needed and what the consultation hopes to achieve, n this interview with Fred Dylla, Executive Director and CEO of the American Institute of Physics, and project lead for the initiative. Continue reading

Woman’s Place: In the Kitchen?

Gender equality is about more than just evening up the numbers. It’s about ensuring everyone has the confidence or the courage to take opportunities. Continue reading

Loaded Dice — The New Research Conundrums Posed by Mechanical Turk

The use of Mechanical Turk in research may generate misleading data and false information. Do we need to guard against such mechanical methodologies? Continue reading

Outliers and the Importance of Anonymity: Usage Data Versus Snooping on Your Customers

Late last year, Nature Publishing Group embarked on an experiment to allow users to share content. Some commentators accused NPG of using controlled sharing to snoop on customers. In this post, Phill Jones explores the difference between aggregated usage data and spying on users. Continue reading

The Elephant in the Room Is a Phone

Publishers have underestimated how disruptive mobile technology potentially can be. We are likely to see an entirely new ecosystem develop with the smart phone at the center. Continue reading

U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Announces Public Access Policy

The second public access plan from a US federal funding agency has been announced. Some first impressions… Continue reading

How Might Scholarly Communication Benefit from Net Neutrality?

Because so much of scholarly communication takes place via the internet, this week’s announcement by Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Tom Wheeler in support of Net Neutrality and regulation of the internet should be viewed as a positive thing for our community. Continue reading

Edwin Mellen Press Ends Its Lawsuit Against Librarian

The last remaining lawsuit brought by Edwin Mellen Press founder Herbert Richardson against librarian Dale Askey has now reportedly been settled. Continue reading

Our Surveillance Society: If Only We’d Listened to Jim Rockford

James Garner’s television detective warned us about Google and Facebook way back in 1978. If only we’d listened… Continue reading

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