Tagged: journals

A Big Science Publisher Is Going Open Access. But at What Cost? - News

Guest Author Jan 15, 2021

Grigori Guitchounts In November, Springer Nature, one of the world’s largest publishers of scientific journals, made an attention-grabbing announcement: More than 30 of its most prestigious journals, including the flagship Nature, will now allow authors to pay a fee of US$11,390 to make their papers freely available for anyone to read online. This move, by a company that … Read More

We need more post-publication peer review - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 18, 2017

We often tout peer review as the reason for accepting the veracity of published scientific studies? But how good is it really? Does it ever match the ideal picture people have of it? And what about peer review before and after publication – are we neglecting these important stages? Pre-publication peer review Here I mean the collective process of evaluating … Read More

CRediT where it is due: the Contributor Role Taxonomy for research journals - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 19, 2015

Five years ago I wrote a piece titled Retrospective: Credits, Dis-credits and mis-credits, recycling an article I wrote for my consulting website in 2002 triggered by an article written earlier that year by Peter Lawrence about credits for research work, Rank Injustice. Yesterday the Wellcome Trust and Digital Science announced an updated “Contributor Role … Read More

Statistically illiterate…. - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 19, 2012

‘Statistically illiterate’ is how scientist and blogger Stephen Curry describes those who support impact factors, used to rank scientific journals. The impact factor, calculated annually, reflects the mean number of citations to articles published in a journal in the two preceding years. He has a point. As Stephen describes: ….typically only 15% of … Read More

What is your relationship with your research notebook? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jun 11, 2010

A rambling look at notebooks, with unexpected sidelines. Scientist and novelist Jennifer Rohn, who writes the Mind the Gap blog at Nature Network, recently presented a photo-essay chronicling the life and death of a research project, In which I fail. As usually happens Jennifer’s post started a lively discussion that wound it’s way past swear words, a … Read More

Library access to science and popular science journals: more bad news? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 21, 2010

Access to some popular science journals may get worse, according to librarians. News is out that EBSCO has acquired the exclusive rights to on-line full text content distribution many popular magazines, including: Science (Science is not part of this deal; see comment by Science/AAAS director Tom Ryan.) New Scientist Discover … Read More