Tagged: open access

Coronavirus ‘infodemic’ - Lately, In Science

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Feb 03, 2020

Lately, my morning routine includes opening up our work email and checking the latest World Health Organization coronavirus situation report. It’s sobering to see the numbers increasing so rapidly – about 2,500 new confirmed cases every day and about 45 reported deaths. But I’m also reminded of the stark contrast between this outbreak and previous situations in terms of how … Read More

Snakeflu?! An intriguing source suggested for new Chinese coronavirus - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 23, 2020

Update 27/01/2020: Soon after the “snakeflu” paper was released, scientists took to social media expressing doubts, raising the fact that it’s pretty rare for the codon usage of a virus to closely match its reservoir host. Others criticised the way the authors prepared their codon usage tables. Kristian Andersen made some better codon usage tables and then calculated … Read More

Getting scientific research papers without paying - Code for life

Grant Jacobs May 02, 2017

Or, as it’s informally known: getting past the paywall. Occasionally I write about stuff that might be useful to other researchers, but also lets non-researchers see a little of what bugs some of us researchers! All but a relatively few (biological) science research journals require you to subscribe before you can get the research … 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

Monday Micro – mummies and ‘kissing bugs’ - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 03, 2014

The mysterious mummy in the Bavarian State Archaeological Collection For over 100 years, the Bavarian State Archeological Collection in Munich, Germany, has housed an unidentified mummy. No records remained of the mummy. Where had it come from? Who was it? How had the person died? Thanks to science, know we know. To better understand the origin … Read More

Monday Micro – A bacterial link to Multiple Sclerosis? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 21, 2013

Today marks the start of International Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, aimed at encouraging wider participation in Open Access – that is, making the results of research freely & immediately available online, and giving others the right to use and re-use those results as needed. There were a number … Read More