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When a Scholar is One Among 500, What Does it Mean to be “An Author”?

Last week, an editorial in Nature highlighted the problem of the proliferating number of authors on papers. Following a 2012 symposium at Harvard University, a small group has proposed a taxonomy of contributor roles that would add details to an author list and have tested that among a group of authors. Scholarly publishers should consider adopting this taxonomy to improve the accuracy and granularity to improve attribution and the assignment of credit. 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

Public Access to Public Books: The Case of the National Trust

The UK’s National Trust owns 140 libraries containing hundreds of thousands of volumes, many of them in the public domain. What would it take to make those books available to the public that owns them? Continue reading

Why Do Publishers Want to Sell Direct?

University presses cite a number of reasons to sell books directly to end-users. The principal reason is to establish a relationship with the customer. But once that relationship has been initiated, what business purpose does it serve? Continue reading

Learning to Read: Navigating the Ebook Reader Market

This post explores the confusing landscape of ebook readers, presenting a few of the options available along with their pros and cons. Continue reading

Oxford Commas to Perform at ALA Meeting

Something to look forward to at this year’s ALA meeting. 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

SXSW Interactive: The Annual Pilgrimage

SXSW Interactive is over, but the impact is not. Why SXSW continues to be relevant to business and publishing. Continue reading

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