Tagged: academic publishing

Is science censored? - Mere Conjecture

Jack Auty Aug 03, 2016

There was a recent piece in New Zealand news about mass governmental censorship of scientists. Starting with apocalyptic images of the Fukushima nuclear power plant incident to instill fear, they painted a picture of mass governmental meddling with scientists reporting their results, with the clear insinuation that our lives could be at risk because of this censorship. To give … Read More

We need to talk about the bad science being funded - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 20, 2016

Simon Gandevia, Neuroscience Research Australia Spectacular failures to replicate key scientific findings have been documented of late, particularly in biology, psychology and medicine. A report on the issue, published in Nature this May, found that about 90% of some 1,576 researchers surveyed now believe there is a reproducibility crisis in science. While this rightly … Read More

The academic publishing scam – how much research funding are we losing to journal subscriptions? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 01, 2014

Currently doing the rounds on twitter is this on the massive profits made by academic publishers: If you are in Australia or New Zealand and want to know how much is spent just on purchasing subscriptions to academic journals then there is a very handy tool on the Council of Australian University Librarians website. In 2013 … Read More

Academic publishing – are the winds of change starting to blow? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 02, 2012

Ages ago I wrote about the academic publishing model we biologists are subjected to*. Finally it seems as though the winds of change are beginning to blow. Here’s hoping a gale develops. Currently doing the rounds is a site where academics can pledge to take a stand against the giant publishing house Elsevier. The objections are: 1. They … Read More