Elsevier — my part in its downfall « Gowers's Weblog The Dutch publisher Elsevier publishes many of the world’s best known mathematics journals, including Advances in Mathematics, Comptes Rendus, Discrete Mathematics, The European Journal of Combinatorics, Historia Mathematica, Journal of Algebra, Journal of Approximation Theory, Journal of Combinatorics Series A, Journal of Functional Analysis, Journal of Geometry and Physics, Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, Journal of Number Theory, Topology, and Topology and its Applications. For many years, it has also been heavily criticized for its business practices. Let me briefly summarize these criticisms. 1. It charges very high prices — so far above the average that it seems quite extraordinary that they can get away with it. 2.
Opening Session of the 2010 Open Science Summit Bio Jason Hoyt Jason Hoyt is Vice-President, Research & Development and Chief Scientist at Mendeley. He holds a PhD in Genetics from Stanford University where he was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein NIH predoctoral fellowship from 2002-2007. Peter Murray-Rust Principles of Biological Anthropology Welcome to the homepage for Anthropology 105, Principles of Biological Anthropology! Here you'll find all the readings, links and essential materials for the course. This homepage is a relatively simple outline of the course requirements and information from the syllabus, with a schedule of lectures linked to readings and visuals as they become available. As usual, this page is a work in progress. I am actively writing new material and adding it to this page all the time. Some of the lectures and lab exercises will be moved around, so keep checking back a week or two before classes to keep up to date on the new materials.
Results of publicly funded research will be open access – science minister The government has signalled a revolution in scientific publishing by throwing its weight behind the idea that all publicly funded scientific research must be published in open-access journals. The policy is in the government document Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth published on Monday, which also includes plans for a series of cash prizes for teams to solve specific scientific challenges and a new £75m fund for small businesses to develop their ideas into commercial products. The commitment to making publicly funded research free to access is a direct challenge to the business models of the big academic publishing companies, which are the gatekeepers for the majority of high-quality scientific research.
Open science is a research accelerator : Nature Chemistry In 2006 a website (on The Synaptic Leap forum) was started in which the problem of the production of PZQ as a single enantiomer was laid out7. There was some initial traffic, but there was little substantial community input. It is a fallacy that open-source products simply emerge — there are usually kernels of activity arising from funded work, to which the community then responds8. In mid-2008 the PZQ project was funded by a partnership between the World Health Organization and the Australian Government that enabled preliminary experiments to be performed and all data deposited in an open-source online electronic lab notebook (ELN) which could be properly curated9. Our ELN was based on an open-source platform, Labtrove, developed10 by a team at the University of Southampton in the UK.
The Prozac Yogurt Effect: How Hype Can Affect the Future of Science The phylogeny of Prozac yogurt. Christina Agapakis is a synthetic biologist and postdoctoral research fellow at UCLA who blogs about about biology, engineering, biological engineering, and biologically inspired engineering at Oscillator. A few weeks ago, I saw a retweet that claimed “biohacking is easier than you think” with a link to a post on a blog accompanying a book called Massively Networked. The post included video of Tuur van Balen’s presentation at the NextNature power show a few months earlier.
30+ Places To Find Creative Commons Media This article was written in 2009 and remains one of our most popular posts. If you’re keen to learn more about online tools, you may find this recent article on Google Analytics apps of great interest. In this day and age, it seems everything online has a price associated with it. Academic publishers have become the enemies of science This is the moment academic publishers gave up all pretence of being on the side of scientists. Their rhetoric has traditionally been of partnering with scientists, but the truth is that for some time now scientific publishers have been anti-science and anti-publication. The Research Works Act, introduced in the US Congress on 16 December, amounts to a declaration of war by the publishers.
The Open Science Movement - KQED QUEST Citizen scientists solved the structure of a viral protein that had been stumping scientists for a decade using the video game Foldit. As I have talked about previously, science is a pretty closed system. Scientists do all the work pretty much in secrecy until they are ready to present a polished story. They then present their results to each other in a language only they can understand. Everyone else then has to count on the media to provide updates on what scientists have discovered. Now don’t get me wrong, the system works very well.
The Science Journalist Online: Shifting Roles and Emerging Practices Science journalists in the US and UK face unique pressures adapting to the social and participatory nature of online news, to economic conditions that force them to fill a diversity of roles in the newsroom, and to the many hats they must wear if they are to survive as freelancers. As a consequence, science journalists in writing for online media have shifted away from their traditional role as privileged conveyors of scientific findings to a diversity of roles as curators, conveners, public intellectuals and civic educators, roles that are underwritten by the essential skills of criticism, synthesis and analysis. These online science journalists have a more collaborative relationship with their audiences and sources and are generally adopting a more critical and interpretative stance towards the scientific community, industry, and policy-oriented organizations. Fahy writes about the study in an article appearing later today at the Columbia Journalism Review.
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scienceguide: Academic publishers “declare war on science” 18 januari 2012 - A British scientist bashes a law introduced to the U.S. Congress prohibiting the free availability of publicly funded research. Academic publishers like Netherlands-based Elsevier would extract exorbitant profits from copyrights while open access offers a way out. The U.S. Congress is currently debating a new law meant to keep American agencies from making publicly funded research available for free.