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December highlights from the world of scientific publishing

7th Jan 2014

Some of what I learned last month from Twitter: takedowns, luxury journals, moves in peer review services and more. 'Luxury journals' A big talking point on my Twitter feed in December was the provocative comments about journal publishing made by Randy Sheckman as he received his Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine. Writing in the Guardian on 9 December, he criticised the culture of science that rewards publications in 'luxury journals' (which he identified as Nature, Cell and Science). He said... Read more

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November highlights from the world of scientific publishing

2nd Dec 2013

Some of what I learned this month from Twitter: new preprint server, Google Scholar Library, papers on citations and p-values, and the most networked science conference ever BioRxiv In what could be a major development in the culture of publishing, a preprint server for biology, BioRxiv, was launched this month. It is based on the long-running arXiv preprint server used by physicists (and increasingly quantitative biologists). Nature News had a good summary. Google Scholar Library Google Scholar... Read more

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Highlights from the scientific publishing world in October

2nd Nov 2013

A summary of the key things I have learned this month via Twitter: stings, harrassment and post-publication peer review. You may have noticed that this blog is not updated very often, but that my Twitter feed is updated several (sometimes many) times a day. I have decided to to bring some highlights of this Twitter activity to my blog, so that those of you who (for some strange reason) aren't on Twitter can get the benefit of all the interesting things I learn there every day. Of course, this summary... Read more

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