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June highlights from the world of scientific publishing

2nd Jul 2014

The launch of Cofactor and what I learnt from Twitter in June: an unusual journal, a very large journal, a new journal and a very slow journal, plus accusations of publisher censorship and more. The biggest highlight of the month for me was (of course) the launch Cofactor, my company that aims to help researchers publish their work more effectively. The launch event in London was a great success - over 50 people from science and publishing came to hear about the company and from four speakers... Read more

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Launching a new venture with a debate on peer review

11th Jun 2014

The big day has arrived: this evening about 60 people will gather in Kings Cross, London, to launch my new company, Cofactor. Hopefully lots more will follow along online using the hashtag #PeerRevFactors, because this will not just be a launch, it will also be an evening of short talks and discussion about peer review. The theme is 'What difference will changes in peer review make to authors and journals?' and we have four great speakers: Giulia De Rossi, a PhD student who has published in several... Read more

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May highlights in scientific publishing

7th Jun 2014

News gleaned from Twitter in May: debates about replication and data sharing, articles about peer review and more. Replication The debate about replication in science has been fired up by a special issue of the journal Social Psychology consisting entirely of replications (explained here by editor Chris Chambers, @Chrisdc77). One author of a study that was chosen for a replication attempt wrote about her difficulties with the experience. A lot of discussion later, I particularly liked Rolf Zwaan's... Read more

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