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Old and Stale? — Aging Researchers, Funding Trends, and the Doughnut Effect

Proposals to get more money to younger researchers shine a light on the aging cadre of academic researchers and the lack of succession we risk with current practices. Continue reading

PeerJ Grows Steadily With Papers, Authors

PeerJ is growing, publishing more papers and attracting more authors, although it is not clear whether the company is moving toward financial sustainability. In a crowded market of multidisciplinary open access journals, the success/failure of PeerJ may be determined when it receives its first Impact Factor. Continue reading

Growing Impact of Non-Elite Journals

The scientific literature is expanding while the number of publication slots in elite journals has shrunk. Is it any wonder why many more highly-cited articles are found in non-elite journals? Continue reading

Virtual Reality Research — Some Early Problems with Data Reanalysis and Risks of Open Data

The idea of “reanalysis” needs to be rethought, if recent examples are any indication of what this trend could do to science. Continue reading

Revisiting Demand-driven Acquisitions

Following up on a report posted on the Scholarly Kitchen two years ago, this essay addresses some ways university presses can mitigate some of the effects that demand-driven acquisitions have on book sales. Continue reading

Finding Stuff: Discovery and Data Quality

Three different items recently published discuss the current state of thinking about discovery tools for purposes of research. Which one captures the right mindset? What should content providers be doing to support discovery? Continue reading

More Data, More Problems — Lessons from the Limitations of Google Flu Trends

“Big data” continues to draw attention, but will it ever amount to more than a hypothesis-generating engine and supplementary findings? Continue reading

Guest Post: Phill Jones on The Changing Role of the Postdoc and Why Publishers Should Care

Guest Chef Phill Jones takes a look at an often under-recognized population of researchers and suggests why publishers should give them more attention. Continue reading

Visualizing World Article Production

World production of scientific literature continues to grow at nearly 3% per year. China, Brazil, and India account for a much larger share of the world’s output, while the United States and Japan’s share continues to decline. Interactive world maps show the growth of article production, and focus on the countries that continue to dominate the top literature. Continue reading

Book Review: “What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions” by Randall Munroe

A new book by the creator of xkcd takes crazy questions about science and tackles them with verve, humor, great illustrations, and great examples of how to break down even the strangest problems. Continue reading

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