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The Next Big Things?

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

Stick to Your Ribs: The Problems With Calling Comments “Post-Publication Peer-Review”

Revisiting Kent Anderson’s 2012 post about how comments and letters probably shouldn’t be branded as “post-publication peer review”. 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

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

Does Creative Commons Make Sense?

Axiomatically more complicated than copyright, built to provide no legal cover, and possibly put in place by the technocrats in Silicon Valley, does Creative Commons make sense for the creative class? Continue reading

Publish or Perish: Is Publishing the Career it Once Was?

A sense of gloom hangs over academic publishing these days. As library budgets are cut, and the fear of OA mandates cutting profit margins clouds publishers’ sense of their place in the world, what is it like to be a publishing professional in this era of climate change? Continue reading

The Four Yorkshiremen: What Do Researchers Want?

Scholarly Kitchen chef, Robert Harington asks “what do researchers want?” From those in mathematics to tumor immunology, from gerontology to Melville studies, the answer is often “to do my research in the best way possible.” Using a dose of pythonesque humor, this post chips away at this question, providing an interesting example of how the American Chemical Society is thinking through such issues. Continue reading

Data Sharing and Science — Contemplating the Value of Empiricism, the Problem of Bias, and the Threats to Privacy

Data sharing and publication is a topic we need to consider carefully, and weigh the risks, costs, and benefits, as well as the complexities. Continue reading

PLOS’ Bold Data Policy

PLOS has set a new policy, requiring authors to make all data behind their published results publicly available. This has been met with a great deal of controversy from the research community. Thoughts on why this policy and why now… Continue reading

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