Well, we’ve all survived another April Fools’ Day, or as I like to call it, “the day each year when the internet is entirely useless.” I was happy to see that John Oliver agrees, describing the holiday as being, “…to comedy as St. Patrick’s Day is to Irish culture. That is to say, it is a mockery of the very concept that usually ends in a fistfight.” Though it’s too late this year, I recommend we all take John’s “No Prank Pledge”.

(Warning: the video below does contain language that some may find offensive and is likely considered not safe for work. Put on your headphones or shut your office door rather than risking offending those around you)

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


2 Thoughts on "April Fools' Day: Just Say No"

Nice, but I’m not sure it was worth the additional $750 paid to rush it through the peer review process in order to get the article out in time for April 1….

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