In the kind of digital community envisioned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, information literacy skills ought not to be treated as an afterthought.
The just-launched beta version of Humanities Commons is the latest in a growing number of scholar-led innovations in scholarly communication. How do such innovations develop, and how should more traditional publishers think about these opportunities? I spoke with MLA’s Kathleen Fitzpatrick recently to learn more.
If a free website claimed that you could double citations to your papers simply by uploading them to their file sharing network, would you believe it? Or would you check their data?
The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers recently launched a consultation, requesting feedback from all stakeholders about their draft principles on article sharing on scholarly communication networks. Find out more about how and why these principles are needed and what the consultation hopes to achieve, n this interview with Fred Dylla, Executive Director and CEO of the American Institute of Physics, and project lead for the initiative.
In the world of science blogging, there are those who cite the literature, those who don’t, and never the twain shall meet.
Bob Stein has proposed a taxonomy for social reading, which refers to all the conversations and comments that take place about a book.
As science publishers, we hear a lot about the potential for new technologies. Often this comes in the form of a pitch from someone looking to sell you on either the technology they’re offering or on their expertise. In trying to see through the salesmanship, it’s important to have some general rules of thumb for approaching the integration of social media as tools for the research science community.
The NIH spends $12.2 million funding a social network for scientists. Is this any more likely to succeed than all the other recent failures?
Research on Internet chain-letters reveals that information may not spread like diseases
The notion that a small group of highly-influential people are responsible for trends may need to be replaced by a more random notion that any person can start a trend when the conditions are right.