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[23 Dec 12: 13:20]
Inbox zero! I don't even remember the last time I could say that!

[06 Aug 12: 14:21]
Phew! Done with nine 20min oral exams, three more to go. To be continued tomorrow...

[14 Oct 11: 11:45]
Just received an email from a computer science student - with an AOL email address?

[03 Jul 11: 22:26]
Google citation alerts suck: I just found out by accident I rolled over h-index of 13 and 500 citations

[21 May 11: 18:14]
6.15pm: Does god have Alzheimer? No #rapture in Europe...

[01 May 11: 11:31]
w00t! Just been invited to present at OKCon 2011! #OKCon2011


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Peter Murray-Rust asks "Why should [scholarly] journals exist?" I answer: they don't have to:

Inspired by PMR. Click for larger version. For free distribution and reuse.
journals   publishing reform   publishing   
Posted on Tuesday 12 July 2011 - 17:17:07

Non-obsolete function of journals discovered
I discoverd the function this morning, browsing through results from a literature search. And let me emphasize, it's not obsolete, yet. This function may be totally obvious and trivial to you, but it struck me as notewor...[more]
journals   science publishing   
Posted on Wednesday 26 August 2009 - 19:19:45

Clay Shirky: It's Not Information Overload. It's Filter Failure.
Via Coturnix (see also FF):

I'm resharing this as it pertains to the discussion of scientific publishing reform. Clay hits the nail on the head in that filtering at the source is now obsolete. In scientific terms, traditi...[more]
science publishing   journals   information filtering   
Posted on Monday 20 October 2008 - 09:49:25

Do you know how to manufacture a biface?
Just in case you don't know, a biface is a stone age tool. If you don't know how to make one, maybe you know how to forge damascus steel? No? How about using a slide ruler? A sextant? How about steering a horse carriage ...[more]
science publishing   journals   telegraph   biface   
Posted on Wednesday 02 September 2009 - 14:49:10

An oligarchy of Mega-Journals

An oligarchy of Mega-Journals is what PLoS One publisher Peter Binfield envisages for the not-too-distant future of scholarly publishing. In his recent presentation at the Society for Scholarly Publishing meeting, embed...[more]
PLoS   publishing   journals   mega-journals   Binfield   
Posted on Wednesday 08 June 2011 - 13:38:27

Journal Impact Factors are silly and everybody knows it

I wasn't planning to write anything on Stephen Curry's latest piece on the negotiated, irreproducible and mathematically unsound Impact Factor sold by Thomson Reuters to gullible university administrators. I agree with m...[more]
impact factor   metrics   journals   science publishing   publishing   journal rank   
Posted on Tuesday 14 August 2012 - 11:36:21

There are cons to open acces? Really?

UPDATE: The piece in Nature is not, as I initially thought, a new article. It was already published in 2004, but for reasons only "the no. 1 weekly science journal" knows, it always has today's date attached to it and ...[more]
open access   publishing   publishers   journals   
Posted on Friday 24 August 2012 - 23:03:15

Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine
Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicinevia Bill Hooker.

If you don't get it, because you spent the last few weeks in a cave or something, read here, here, here, here and of course here. UPDATE: Latest coverage: Bad Science!...[more]
Merck   Elsevier   science publishing   journals   
Posted on Monday 11 May 2009 - 09:46:01

When even Impact Factors don't help any more
"Excellence Programs" are all the rage right now, especially here in Germany. In a widely publicized nationwide competition, our university (the Freie Universität Berlin) was awarded the title "Excellence University" - o...