All posts tagged with open access

People, not clusters

2 minute read

Surveillance of people with infectious diseases is a public health measure, yet such surveillance can lead to serious injustice. In an editorial in the Amer...

Supplementary data loss

3 minute read

My inbox this morning has an article by Diana Kwon in The Scientist, looking into the data decay from the supplementary materials of published scientific art...

Should authors pay to submit their papers?

2 minute read

An article by Tim Vines in The Scholarly Kitchen looks at the pay-to-submit model of open access publication: “Plan T: Scrap APCs and Fund Open Access with S...

Rising Star open science profile

1 minute read

Ars Technica has a very nice long profile of the Rising Star project by Lydia Pyne: “Rising Star found a new species—now it wants to find a new way for paleo...

Time to publish peer referee comments?

2 minute read

A meeting at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute last week asked whether journals should start publishing the reviews they receive on papers. As reported by ...

Link: Sci-Hub profiled

less than 1 minute read

Verge has a long article on Sci-Hub, focusing on its founder, Alexandra Elbakyan: “Science’s Pirate Queen”.

Link: Sustaining open access databases

2 minute read

Cameron Neylon considers some of the challenges in keeping open data access initiatives sustainable over the long term: “Squaring Circles: The economics and ...

Link: Costs of scientific publishing

1 minute read

Jonathan Tennant and colleagues have a new review of the impacts of open access scientific publishing: “The academic, economic and societal impacts of Open A...

Link: Open access and APC double-dipping

less than 1 minute read

From Leti Kleyn, in the South African edition of The Conversation, a call for better institutional open access archives: “Why it’s getting harder to access f...

A return for reviewers on open access

3 minute read

This interview came out in October of last year, but a reader only recently brought it to my attention: “A Pay-it-Forward Approach to Open Access Publishing:...

Thinking of preprints in biology

3 minute read

At the end of 2014, the arXiv preprint server published its one millionth article. Richard Van Noorden reports on the milestone for Nature News: “The arXiv p...

On a scandal in replication

3 minute read

Experimental psychology has recently become embroiled in a controversy about whether replication of high-profile findings should be a serious goal of new res...

Rising Star Expedition: Into the collection

1 minute read

Rising Star team advance scientist Elen Feuerriegel has another new post on the Rising Star Expedition blog, discussing her work with the collection after th...

Rising Star: What we know and don't know

less than 1 minute read

Today’s blog post on the Rising Star Expedition blog provides an FAQ about the expedition’s results so far: “What We Know and Don’t Know So Far”.

Rising Star: In the hot seat

less than 1 minute read

My first Rising Star Expedition update has been posted on the expedition blog: “In the hot seat”.

Time to trash anonymous peer review?

2 minute read

This week’s Science magazine is organized on the theme of science communication. In addition to the John Bohannon “sting” operation I discussed in the last p...

Textbook troubles

1 minute read

A link from a reader: “‘Required reading’: As textbook prices soar, students try to cope”.

Marapo Stones and Bones project

2 minute read

I was on the road when this announcement came out, but now that I’m back to regular blogging I want to share it more broadly:

History dissertations under wraps

1 minute read

Via a reader, this article in the New York Times about the American Historical Association’s vote to recommend that newly-minted PhDs be allowed to hide thei...

Big data, little data

2 minute read

Jacquelyn Gill is a paleoecologist who writes at her blog, The Contemplative Mammoth. Today she ponders a paradox: at the same time that pollen data are more...

MOOCs and disabilities

1 minute read

The Coursera blog today relates a remarkable story: “Not Impossible: The Story of Daniel, a 17 Year Old with Severe Autism & His 6 Completed Coursera Cou...

White House to recognize open science

1 minute read

The White House is looking to recognize people who are leading in open science efforts, either by providing free access to data or by using data that is alre...

Open 3-d archive of Kromdraai

3 minute read

A new paper in the Journal of Human Evolution by Matthew Skinner and colleagues Skinner:Kromdraai:2013 announces the new availability of an open archive of m...

Anthropology's online ecology

less than 1 minute read

Jason Antrosio has composed a short report on the “Anthropology Blogosphere 2013 Ecology of Online Anthropology”. I appreciate his kind words about my work ...

A new high-coverage Neandertal genome

3 minute read

Today, Svante Pääbo’s group at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology released high-coverage sequence data from a toe bone from Denisova Cave...

California's online imposition

less than 1 minute read

This is big education news, from the California legislature: “Measure Seeks Campus Credit For Web Study”.

Binge learning

1 minute read

From Eli Dourado at The mlaut: “Binge Learning is Online Educations Killer App”.

White House policy on data access

4 minute read

The White House this week announced a new policy on public access to results from federally funded research. The announcement has gotten

Do citation indices count in tenure review?

1 minute read

Amy Brand comments on journal citation metrics and tenure and promotion, from the viewpoint of a university administrator Brand:appointments:2013. The piece ...

Open access and Creative Commons

1 minute read

Cameron Neylon comments interestingly in Nature on the intellectual property drawbacks of publications that are free to access but not to reuse: “Science pub...

Spreading preprints in population biology

2 minute read

Ewen Callaway reports on the increasing use of the arXiv preprint server by geneticists and biologists: “Geneticists eye the potential of arXiv”. With the ne...

PeerJ set to launch

less than 1 minute read

PeerJ founder Peter Binfield answers questions for Publishers’ Weekly: “Scholarly Publishing 2012: Meet PeerJ “.

Mouse brain mapping

less than 1 minute read

This merits some attention: “Neuroscientists reach major milestone in whole-brain circuit mapping project”.

This is totally serial

less than 1 minute read

Michael B. Eisen: “The solution to the serials crisis on campus”

Sit down and shut up

less than 1 minute read

Carole McGranahan describes a memorable case where academics shut down public discussion of their work: “Dialogue with the Public: Adam Yauch and Academic Sn...

Turning around the profits

less than 1 minute read

The absurdity of academic publishing is starting to get attention from the mainstream press. From The Economist: “Open sesame”.

Our plenary session gets coverage

1 minute read

I don’t have much time to come up for air this week, it’s been an incredibly busy and exciting meeting so far. But I wanted to take a moment to pass along th...

A plenary of plenty

4 minute read

I’ve arrived in Portland, Oregon today for the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. This is really a central highlight of ...

Wiki into journal

1 minute read

PLoS Computational Biology has started a new collaboration with Wikipedia, in which short review articles called “topic pages” will be peer-reviewed, given j...

Floating to the top of the data

1 minute read

The New York Times writes today about “Big Data” and its effects on disparate fields of science and public policy: “The Age of Big Data”.

Open science interview

1 minute read

NPR’s Science Friday interviewed open science advocate Michael Nielsen last week: “Can science be done without secrecy?” I like the headline.

Tenured inertia on publishing

1 minute read

Danah Boyd rants “Save Scholarly Ideas, Not the Publishing Industry”. This is a well-worn topic here on my blog, but she hits on a useful theme: People with ...

Social texting

less than 1 minute read

My essay in Anthropologies (“What’s wrong with anthropology”) is cited by Monalisa Gharavi in a review for Social Text of David Graeber’s new book, Debt: The...

Looking for pseudo-books

1 minute read

Jason Baird Jackson posts some insights on how traditional journals can turn to open access tools (if not become open access), and how a startup online journ...

Blogs, academic discourse in economics

less than 1 minute read

Paul Krugman comments on how the growth in academic blogs in economics is a continuation of publication trends that long predate the World Wide Web: “Our blo...

What's wrong with anthropology?

2 minute read

Anthropologies is an online project organized by Ryan Anderson that brings together voices reflecting the state of the discipline today. The current volume h...

The great world CT-scanning tour

2 minute read

The international version of Der Spiegel is running an English-language profile of the traveling CT-scan project from Jean-Jacques Hublin and the Max-Planck ...

Are apps the evil twins of e-books?

1 minute read

I really like e-books quite a lot. It’s easy to take a device like the Kindle, load up books, and read them. It holds your place for you, and multiple device...

Open access barriers

1 minute read

Richard Poynder discusses how Open Access policies may be perversely costing universities even more money, in the lead-in to an interview about the Wellcome ...

Make journals work better

2 minute read

George Monbiot writes in the Guardian with some sobering statistics about academic publishing: “Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist”

Textbooks leaving students behind

less than 1 minute read

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on a survey of nearly 2000 undergraduate students on 13 varied college campuses:

An academic journal copyright story

1 minute read

In a post from earlier this summer, info/library scientist Jeffrey Pomerantz describes his attempts to secure a less restrictive copyright agreement for a sc...

Open science radiocarbon databases

less than 1 minute read

Last week I wrote a lot about the radiocarbon chronology of late Neandertals in Europe (“Neandertals didn’t disappear before 40,000 years ago”, “Neandertals ...

Open science link

1 minute read

David Dobbs writes about the structural barriers to more open science: “Free Science, One Paper at a Time”. Summing up a large collaboration on Alzheimer’s r...

Opening up paleontology

4 minute read

Ewen Callaway writes in Nature News this week on open access science in paleontology: “Fossil data enter the web period”. I write about this topic quite a lo...

Goodall record digitization

1 minute read

Jason Goldman covers the acquisition of Gombe chimpanzee records from the Jane Goodall Institute by Duke University (“Digitizing Jane Goodall’s legacy at Duk...

Open access megajournals

1 minute read

The Occasional Pamphlet reflects on the new megajournal trend in open access: “A ray of sunshine in the open-access future”. PLoS ONE is being joined by SAGE...

Open data genomics

less than 1 minute read

Nature this week carries a story by Ewen Callaway titled, “The rise of the genome bloggers”. The main subject is Dienekes Pontikos, whose “Dodecad Ancestry P...

Public engagement

1 minute read

Nature’s Gene Russo has a nice article this week about scientists’ attitudes toward colleagues who do lots of public outreach: “Outreach: Meet the press”.

Genomes unzipped, ancestry revealed

1 minute read

Last week I linked to Genomes Unzipped participant Joe Pickrell (“Ancestry unzipped”), who was working through the ancestry calculations that made his genome...

The price of erudition

less than 1 minute read

Did you know that the three-volume Handbook of Paleoanthropology is a thousand dollars from Amazon?

AnthroSource sleeps furiously

2 minute read

Savage Minds’ crew has been discussing the future of publishing in the American Anthropological Association recently. Rex Golub compares Open Folklore to Ant...

Down with supplements

2 minute read

The editor of the Journal of Neuroscience, John Maunsell, has announced that the journal will no longer permit authors to add “supplementary” material to the...

Moon units

less than 1 minute read

NPR has a story about public analysis of data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter:

NSF to require data access plan

1 minute read

Science Insider reports that the National Science Foundation is going to make a “data management plan” a requirement of every grant application.

Meeting casts

2 minute read

I’m just back from the physical anthropology meetings. What a lot of interesting things there were – a few in the sessions, and many outside of them!

The bugs will out

1 minute read

Following up on the editorial by Ralph Cicerone, calling for more effective data sharing, an editorial in the Guardian by computer scientist Darrel Ince rein...

NAS president calls for data sharing

2 minute read

Science has a one-page editorial by National Academy of Science President Ralph Cicerone. He alludes to the climate change scandals of the last few months, a...

Not in the library yet

less than 1 minute read

Irritation of the day: Archaeology papers in $150 edited volumes. Why did you spend all that time writing the article that nobody is going to read who didn’t...

Public access to federally funded research

less than 1 minute read

The Obama Administration’s Office of Science and Technology Policy is running a forum on public access to federally funded research. There seem to be ongoing...

The trouble about Kenyanthropus and Ardi

4 minute read

There are three skulls from putative “hominins” that date to 3.5 million years or earlier. Every one of these skulls is known now from extensive reconstructi...

Online papers

less than 1 minute read

A propos to the “open access” theme, reader Bram Hessels writes in with a link to his “People with Online Paleoanthropology Papers” page.

Whoa, who stole the data?

1 minute read

OK, as you know I do this thing where I read the supplementary information in papers. I hate doing it; think they should put the stuff in the actual paper wh...

Mailbag: Ardipithecus

1 minute read

thanks for your pellucid ardipithecus blognote--it was enormously helpful in digesting the reports.

What can you learn for free

1 minute read

I’m all in favor of self-educating – most of my genetics I learned on my own. So I was interested to see what you can really learn from free online sources l...

Free the trees

less than 1 minute read

Further drawbacks of databases in anthropology, after my post mentioning the issues. I’ll point to Martin Rundkvist’s discussion of “Open Source Dendrochrono...

NSF and data access

17 minute read

Mark Weiss from NSF appeared at the AAPA business meeting to discuss recent changes in the funding guidelines from the Physical Anthropology program. The mo...