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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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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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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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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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RCUK launches new system for logging research ‘impact’ - but WTF is 'impact"?

"What's missing here, of course, is any definition of what impact 'is'. So how are academics supposed to work this out?"

"This article is about 'RCUK impact', not 'REF impact'. Just to confuse matters, RCUK and REF use different notions of 'impact'."

"Once the REF had been introduced, there were bound to be all kinds of sub-schemes to operationalize it. As there are operationalizations of astrology and the like."

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Academic writing: why does it have to be so dull and stilted?

Academic writing: why does it have to be so dull and stilted? | AJCann | Scoop.it

"Can it be right or acceptable that in an age of 24/7 communication you submit an article, wait months for feedback and then – in the happy event that the revised work is accepted – the article is finally published maybe a year later. Currency? Relevance? Agency for change? And if it is printed, you then have the issue of it being read by three people and a dog."

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University reform: a flawed experiment?

University reform: a flawed experiment? | AJCann | Scoop.it

"If Willetts' hypothesis were true, then the US - with its famous tier of private non-profit universities and its less-celebrated tier of private for-profit universities - would outperform all the world's more-or-less purely public university systems with ease. But instead, the US offers only a fraction of the value for money produced by public university systems in the UK and elsewhere. And it follows that the Minister's hypothesis should be rejected as false, unless he can provide some equally weighty evidence to support it."

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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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Does 'internet addiction' change the brain?

Does 'internet addiction' change the brain? | AJCann | Scoop.it

"This was a small study that examined the association between brain structure and the diagnosis of internet addiction disorder. The results of the study should be interpreted cautiously, as the small number of participants increases the likelihood that the findings were due to chance. Additionally, the study cannot tell us anything about whether obsessive internet use causes changes to the brain, as some headlines have suggested. From this study we cannot rule out the possibility that the participants’ brains were structured this way before their heavy internet usage. If this were the case it would raise the possibility that their brain structure was responsible for their actions rather than their actions altering their brain structure. Of course, there is also the question of whether the participants’ behaviour actually constitutes a medical condition."

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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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Manchester hiring: Naturejobs

"Despite austerity measures across Britain, the University of Manchester is creating more than 30 science faculty posts as part of a £20-million (US$31-million) recruitment campaign. It hopes to boost its performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) used to assess UK universities."

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't this backfire spectacularly when they did this for RAE2008?

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Seize the opportunity, interesting

Seize the opportunity, interesting | AJCann | Scoop.it

Seizures have long been associated with misconceptions and stigma. Exponential growth in Internet use has seen the rapid expansion of social media, such as Twitter, for health promotion. In view of the popularity of Twitter, we sought to explore how seizures are being portrayed on this social networking website and to consider its potential for information dissemination. A 48-hour Twitter search was used as a preliminary data set to determine an appropriate classification scheme of "seizure"-related posts ("tweets"). Analysis was then conducted using "seizure" tweets from a 7-consecutive day sample period. Tweets were analyzed and coded by two independent reviewers. Predominant categories were Metaphorical (32%), Personal Accounts (31%), Informative (12%), and Ridicule/Joke (9%). This study supports the notion that stigmatization associated with seizures continues to flourish, as 41% of "seizure" tweets were derogatory in nature. Although Twitter could be used to disseminate accurate information on seizures and epilepsy, this study suggests that it is currently propagating negative attitudes toward seizures with potential for fueling stigma. In recent years there have been significant advancements in technology offering many new methods of sharing information. Social networking sites allow real-time communication while providing the opportunity for exchange of information and opinions. Twitter, a website launched in 2006, allows users to communicate through "tweets" limited to 140 characters. Twitter's popularity has drastically increased since its inception, with approximately 110 million tweets per day from 200 million users worldwide, as of January 2011 (http://blogs.forbes.com/oliverchiang/2011/01/19/twitter-hits-nearly-200m-users-110m-tweets-per-day-focuses-on-global-expansion/). Such social media facilitate communication about an array of health-related topics including seizures and epilepsy.

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Libraries: Where It All Went Wrong

Libraries: Where It All Went Wrong | AJCann | Scoop.it

"Oh, I know, you have thought about digital a lot. You’ve got digitisation projects. You’re aggregating metadata. You’re offering Any Questions-type services where people can email a librarian.

But these are bolt-ons. You’ve added digital after the fact. You probably have special digital groups, probably (hopefully) made up of younger people than the usual library employee. Congratulations, you just reproduced Microsoft’s strategy: let’s build a few digital bolt-ons for our existing products. Then let’s have some advance R&D guys working on the future while the rest of us get on with it. But think about that for a second. What are the rest of us working on, if those young kids are working on the future? Ah, it must be the past."

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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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Two practical and useful social media guides for research and policy engagement

Social media has a significant impact on how individuals communicate, interact and collaborate and should be an important and necessary component of any researcher’s toolbox. However, there is much to be discovered, explored and understood regarding its capabilities, utilities and practical uses as a tool and mechanism in conducting research.

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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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