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Backfire — An Argument That OA Is Better for Non-Profit Societies Demonstrates Just the Opposite

A blog post based on a talk purports to convince us that OA is good for not-for-profit societies. However, it accomplishes just the opposite once you get past the misinformation and misinterpretations. Continue reading

Netherlands Heart Journal Editor Delivers Dutch Citation Treat

Editors have learned how to exploit a simple loophole in the calculation of the Impact Factor. Is it time to close that loophole? Continue reading

In Praise of “Double-Dipping” — Fairness, Affordability, Vitality, and Sustainability

By labeling activities that make things affordable and alleviate pressures throughout the system, those who argue against “double-dipping” are not only making things less affordable, but putting forth double-standards. Continue reading

The New Face of the Professional Society

The professional society is becoming unmoored from its publication benefits. Will publication benefits in an open access environment become a centerpiece of a new breed of membership organizations? Continue reading

The Shadow of the MOOC Grows Longer

Will massive open online courses (MOOCs) disrupt higher education? With recent announcements, the potential seems to be growing. Continue reading

Why the Moon Landing Could Not Have Been a Hoax — It Wasn’t Technologically Possible to Fake It

A great analysis of why it was technologically impossible to fake the 1969 moon landing. Continue reading

Mendeley, Connotea, and the Perils of Free Services

Free services and open access are distorting the publishing world. Will the big only get bigger? Continue reading

A New Publishing Ecosystem Emerges

A new publishing ecosystem is emerging that includes among its participants O’Reilly Media, Pearson, Safari Books, Barnes & Noble, Microsoft, and Liberty Media. This new ecosystem may come to challenge the proprietary ebook networks of Amazon and Apple. Continue reading

PubReader — Obscuring Journal Branding for the Sake of Repository Branding

A new way to view journal content in PubMed Central casts journal branding aside for a uniform PMC approach. Continue reading

Finch Acknowledges Open Access Could Harm Learned Societies

Dame Janet Finch admits OA will cause problems for learned societies. What does that portend, especially when viewed alongside more backlash? Continue reading

Post-Publication Peer-Review Already Exists, Already Has Incentives, and Is Already Robust

A recent exhortation to support post-publication peer-review with awards shines a light on the holes in both ideas. Continue reading

Is the Home Page Dead?

As traffic continues to come in through side doors, what is the function of the home page? Continue reading

Quick Survey on Our Email Alerts

Having trouble getting our email alerts? Please let us know. Continue reading

Major Shifts in Social Sharing Sites — Do Consolidation and Termination Mark the End of an Era?

The herd of social sharing sites in the sciences is being culled. And one — Mendeley — may be assimilated by Elsevier. Continue reading

Bad Lip Reading Meets the NFL — Are You Ready for Some Silliness?

With the NFL playoffs at their peak, what better time to have a little fun at the expense of highly paid players? Continue reading

Ask the Chefs: What Are STM Publishers Doing Right?

In the follow-up to “What Are STM Publishers Doing Wrong?” we explore what STM publishers are doing right. It’s an impressive list. Continue reading

Leaked Data Policy Raises Monster STM Data Issues

A new proposal regarding federally funded data is leaked. What might a broad policy for public access mean? Continue reading

The Results Are In — A Survey of Book Purchasers

The results from a recent survey on book discovery and purchasing are now available. Print is declining, but still an essential component of the business. Continue reading

Ask the Chefs: What Are STM Publishers Doing Wrong?

The first of a two-part series, today we review a long and complicated list of things STM publishers are doing wrong. Tomorrow, we’ll explore the opposite question — what are STM publishers doing right? Continue reading

“I Want” Doesn’t Get — Just Recommending Data Archiving Isn’t Nearly as Effective as Requiring It

Data archiving is becoming a new normal for scientific publishing, but a recent study shows you need to do more than just ask for it. Continue reading

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