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Experts don't scale - peer review all wrong

Experts don't scale - peer review all wrong | AJCann | Scoop.it

This is a bad idea:

"A new online service is aiming to revolutionize the way scientific research is peer-reviewed. Rather than a journal editor sending the paper to potential reviewers and requesting feedback, the new site—called Peerage of Science—allows researchers to upload their manuscripts, which will be made anonymous and posted on a site accessible only to members. Keywords in the paper will then alert relevant experts, who can assign the paper a grade from 1 to 5. Those papers that receive enough high marks will be forwarded to journals associated with the site. The journal editors can then decide to reach out to the authors with publication opportunities, rather than the other way around. Authors, of course, are free to decline any offers they may receive."

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Not So Fast | Think Quarterly

Not So Fast | Think Quarterly | AJCann | Scoop.it

And the same is true for education:

 

"Consider Gutenberg time. The printed book did not begin to take on its own form until 50 years after its invention. At first, printers mimicked scribes, with fonts designed to look like handwriting, while printing itself was promoted as automated writing... They simply didn’t see the possibilities. Nor do today’s media companies – not fully, not yet. Look at how they’re using the web and new platforms such as the tablet. They’re still attempting to replicate legacy forms, content, business models, industrial structures, and control: Old wine in new casks. Newspapers, magazines, and books all remain recognizable as such online."

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Technology: Rise of the e-book

Technology: Rise of the e-book | AJCann | Scoop.it

"For a fleeting moment, CD-ROMs were the future of books. If I had decided to abandon print books and publish my books only on CD-ROMs, I would have imprisoned them in obscurity. Sneer at printed books if you will, but you can't deny that their operating system will never expire."

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The three ghosts of open access articles

The three ghosts of open access articles | AJCann | Scoop.it

The Ghost of Articles Yet To Come - one of the most interesting developments over recent years has been the rise of the physics pre-print repository arXiv... These are articles that have not yet been published, but could be. They are thus akin to the Christmases of the future that Scrooge sees - they are shadows, possibilities, but not definite. In the removal of the heavy peer-review process this approach strikes fear into many academics, like the Ghost who "was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form... the Spirit neither spoke nor moved"

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Why Full Open Access Matters

"Scientific authors who pay to publish their articles in an open-access publication should be congratulated for doing so. They also should be aware that they may not be getting full open access from some publications that charge for publication under the “open access” label. Two features define an open-access publication: (1) the published contents are freely accessible through the Internet, and (2) readers are given copyright permission to republish or reuse the content as they like so long as the author and publisher receive proper attribution. Recently, some publications have begun offering an open-access option that charges for Internet publication without granting readers full reuse rights, such as Springer's Open Choice or Nature's Scientific Reports. These publishers have adopted a business model through which authors pay for immediate publication on the Internet but the publisher nonetheless keeps commercial reuse rights for itself. This is not full open access."

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Some Thoughts on Poetry and Pornography as Experimental Twins

Some Thoughts on Poetry and Pornography as Experimental Twins | AJCann | Scoop.it

It is commonplace that pornography is the avant-garde of all media. When new technologies arise, the pornographers are there first, too. Every time there has been a significant shift in marketplace rules, even if the technology is broadly unchanged, the pornographers are the first to figure it out. What is however far less frequently discussed is poetry. Poets and pornographers have nothing to lose. No commercial opportunity in the former case, no prestige in the latter. Conversely, they have very clear goals, too: prestige in the former case, money in the latter.

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Has China found the future of publishing?

Has China found the future of publishing? | AJCann | Scoop.it

Back to the future. It's Dickens, Poe and the Golden Age of science fiction all over again already.

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Innkeeper at the Roach Motel

"Library-run institutional repositories face a crossroads: adapt or die. The "build it and they will come" proposition has been decisively proven wrong. Citation advantages and preservation have not attracted faculty participants, though current-generation software and services offer faculty little else. Academic librarianship has not supported repositories or their managers. Most libraries consistently under-resource and understaff repositories, further worsening the participation gap. Software and services have been wildly out of touch with faculty needs and the realities of repository management. These problems are not insoluble, especially in light of Harvard University arts and science faculty's recent permissions mandate, but they demand serious reconsideration of repository missions, goals, and means if we are to be ready for Harvard imitators, and especially to be ready should those imitators not surface."

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The printed book is doomed - Telegraph

The printed book is doomed - Telegraph | AJCann | Scoop.it

Telegraph FAIL!

The printed book is NOT doomed - any more than television meant radio was doomed or the Internet meant television was doomed. Rookie error Telegraph!

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The great age of Britain's popular press is drawing squalidly to its close

The great age of Britain's popular press is drawing squalidly to its close | AJCann | Scoop.it
This is interesting. I didn't know about Northcliffe and the Murdochs.
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Publishers and the internet: a changing role

Publishers and the internet: a changing role | AJCann | Scoop.it
"Once in a while, someone will say something that's so self-evidently true, and so unexpected, that you'll spend the rest of your life working through its implications. For me, one such truth is "A publisher makes a work public, it connects a work and an audience" Cory Doctorow
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A new sustainability model: Major funders to support OA journal

A new sustainability model: Major funders to support OA journal | AJCann | Scoop.it
"This will send a very strong message, both to researchers and publishers, about what these funders value, and where they see value for money. It is difficult to imagine this will not lead to a seismic shift in the publishing landscape, at least from a political and financial perspective. I don’t believe this journal will be as technically radical as I would like, but it is unlikely it could be while achieving the aims that it has. I do hope the platform it is built on enables innovation both in terms of what is published and the process by which it is selected."

Press release:
http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/News/Media-office/Press-releases/2011/WTVM051897.htm

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The Development of Open Access Journal Publishing from 1993 to 2009

The Development of Open Access Journal Publishing from 1993 to 2009 | AJCann | Scoop.it
Based on the sampling results and qualitative data a division into three distinct periods is suggested: The Pioneering years (1993–1999), the Innovation years (2000–2004), and the Consolidation years (2005–2009).
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Apple's textbook plan feels like a blast from the past

Apple's textbook plan feels like a blast from the past | AJCann | Scoop.it

"Nature magazine’s publishing arm is releasing Principles of Biology, a 200-module Web-based college textbook that incorporates text, figures, video, and simulation—and works on all desktop operating systems and mobile platforms in contrast to Apple’s current locked-to-the-iPad approach. Nature has committed to constant updates (it’s a Web app, remember? no new downloads), and it’s $49 per student for a lifetime subscription. Nature isn’t making such a big deal out of the interactive parts, either; that’s part of the bigger picture and bigger package. It’s a multi-course set of curriculum enhancement for university-level teaching. Apple’s 1.0 approach on digital textbooks seems so much less ambitious..."

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Pam Ronald and her story behind recent papers

Pam Ronald and her story behind recent papers | AJCann | Scoop.it

Want to know what's wrong with peer review?
This is what's wrong with peer review.

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Quality Reviewing Declines with Experience

Quality Reviewing Declines with Experience | AJCann | Scoop.it

There are some things that get better with age and experience. Reviewing manuscripts, unfortunately, is not one of them. A long-term study of reviewer quality in a medical journal reports a small but significant decline in the performance of peer-reviewers over time.

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Save Scholarly Ideas, Not the Publishing Industry

Save Scholarly Ideas, Not the Publishing Industry | AJCann | Scoop.it

"WTF? How did academia become so risk-adverse? The whole point of tenure was to protect radical thinking. But where is the radicalism in academia? I get that there are more important things to protest in the world than scholarly publishing, but why the hell aren’t academics working together to resist the corporatization and manipulation of the knowledge that they produce? Why aren’t they collectively teaming up to challenge the status quo? Journal articles aren’t nothing… they’re the very product of our knowledge production process."

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From Hemingway to Twitterature: The Short and Shorter of it

From Hemingway to Twitterature: The Short and Shorter of it | AJCann | Scoop.it

With every status update and tweet, the millions of individuals on social-networking sites are more than staying connected—they are reading, writing, editing, distilling, and interpreting the written word more than any generation in history. In doing so, they are helping develop Fiction 2.0: a fascinating marriage of character-count restrictions and the network effect that has created a new category of short-form content and narrative experimentation. This paper explores five of these new fiction prototypes—twitterature, nanofiction, crowd-sourced narratives, infographics, and $0.00 stories—in order to better understand how the e-age will cross-pollinate foreign concepts like “install-base” with familiar ones like “readership.”

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To What Extent Do Multiple Copies of Papers Affect Download Statistics?

To What Extent Do Multiple Copies of Papers Affect Download Statistics? | AJCann | Scoop.it

"If the aim of research papers is to have an impact and open access can enhance this goal, then surely we need to accept the fragmentation of resources, including research publications. Looking at the metrics for the papers listed above it does seem that where a paper is available from multiple locations this enhances the numbers of downloads and subsequent citations although I would welcome a more rigourous analysis."

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How to get a job after the Singularity comes

How to get a job after the Singularity comes | AJCann | Scoop.it

Change like this is rapidly coming to every industry. Talk to book editors, as I sometimes do, and hear the terror in their voices. What if books simply go away? Getting, keeping or making that future job starts with understanding the distribution system and your place in that process. And to survive even mid-term the key is to position yourself as the linchpin. Your knowledge has to be critical to the success or failure of the process. That would seem to call for specialization but specialists often don’t see the ball even coming. You need a broader view.

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Wile E. Coyote and Print Publishing

Wile E. Coyote and Print Publishing | AJCann | Scoop.it

"I seem to recall the sequence, but there were so many pratfalls in these cartoon classics that I may be imagining it — Wile E. Coyote laying out planks or track in front of himself in a desperate attempt to survive a hare-brained scheme gone awry and bridge a fateful chasm, running out of materials, and then, after hanging implausibly in a moment of painful realization, plummeting with a whistle to become a puff of dust on the canyon’s floor. Printers and newspaper publishers are doing an equivalent schtick, but instead of one mangy coyote hoping to buy enough time to make it to the other side, there are two, and they’re fighting. Worse, neither can really describe the other side they’re supposedly aiming for."

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Google Scholar Citations

Google Scholar Citations | AJCann | Scoop.it
Last night I finally managed to break into Google Scholar Citations (Google is doing it's usual now you see it, now you don't roll out).
First impressions - pretty good. It need a little tidying up (a few papers that weren't mine - the format of Bioscience Education confuses it - and a few papers missing that needed to be added).
I've never seen all my citations in one place this this before so I broke them down into Virology papers (former life), Education papers (current existence) and Books, then did some quick stats...
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Why would you pay to get published?

Why would you pay to get published? | AJCann | Scoop.it
"There is no submission fee and no page charge for publishing in EJN. In other words, expenses for the authors are nil. The proceeds from EJN fund the activities of FENS, including the popular FENS-IBRO schools and the NENS Schools, the FENS job market and travel fellowships and, sponsored also directly by Wiley-Blackwell, the FENS-EJN Awards. Therefore, publishing in EJN, besides being free, funds FENS."
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Spam clogging Amazon Kindle self-publishing

Spam clogging Amazon Kindle self-publishing | AJCann | Scoop.it
Spam has hit the Kindle, clogging the online bookstore of the top-selling eReader with material that is far from being book worthy and threatening to undermine Amazon.com Inc’s publishing foray.
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