Many journals now have open data policies but they are sparingly enforced. So many scientists do not submit data. The question is: what drives them not to submit? Is it laziness? Is it a desire to keep the data to themselves? Or is it something more sinister? After all, the open data rules were, in … Continue reading Disclosure and ‘cook booking’
Yesterday, Google announced its “spring cleaning” whereby it, usually, discards products most people had long thought discarded. Usually the products are Blackberry ones that don’t really yield controversy. A few years back, Google retired Buzz which was generally regarded as a failure. Some product retirements are a little more troubling. Consider Google Wave as I wrote about in 2011: Consider … Continue reading Is Google Scholar next?
The Sloan Foundation is looking for a Program Associate, Economics. It is a position that will likely interest readers of this blog or their students. Here is the description. Roles and Responsibilities: The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation seeks a very bright, highly motivated, and well-organized individual for the position of Program Associate in Economics starting … Continue reading Position at Sloan Foundation
That is the contention of Richard Price, the founder of Academia.edu. Aaron Swartz was determined to free up access to academic articles. He perceived an injustice in which scientific research lies behind expensive paywalls despite being funded by the taxpayer. The taxpayer ends up paying twice for the same research: once to fund it and a … Continue reading Will reputation metrics open scientific publication?
Science Careers has named its first ever person of the year and it is our own Executive Board member, Paula Stephan. In numerous articles and books, and as a member of scholarly bodies and study commissions examining the situation and prospects of young scientists, Stephan has long expounded the view that the current graduate and … Continue reading Science Careers’ Person of the Year: Paula Stephan
Google Scholar works via algorithm. It examines papers that are hosted in certain domains (usually, publishers and higher education institutions) and then constructs citations based on those papers. As it is easily accessible and also includes citations from unpublished papers, Google Scholar is becoming increasingly popular as a key metric for academic performance. A new … Continue reading You knew it was coming, Google Scholar cites can be manipulated
Genetically modified mice are the currency of much biomedical research. They are so valuable that Dupont tried to patent them (see this history of that by Fiona Murray). But what happens if suddenly that resource were to disappear. That is pretty much what happened at New York University the other week when Hurricane Sandy hit. … Continue reading Sandy and the Lost Mice
Information Wants to be Shared focusses on business models for information content provision. But the principles behind it, that information is more valuable if it is exchanged freely, obviously extend to many other matters. One such matter is health-related information. John Wilbanks is a crusader that has taken the issue of health sharing on. As is often … Continue reading Health Information Wants to be Shared
Astronomers have confirmed the first discovery of a planet in a four star system. But one of the interesting aspects was how it was found. PH1 was spotted first by two users of the Planet Hunters website combing through the mounds of data captured by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, a photometer, or light meter telescope, launched into orbit … Continue reading The crowd finds new exo-planets
The other day, Paul Krugman wrote about the reduced relevance of formal academic publication given the nature of web distribution and discourse. It just so happens that today marks the completion of a personal story of mine that illustrates how blog discussion can lead to published academic research. However, it also demonstrates Krugman’s main point — that … Continue reading Blogs and academic research: A timely story