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PLOS ONE Output Drops Again In 2016
January 5, 2017 at 3:30 am

Output in PLOS ONE dropped by 6000+ papers in 2016, calling into question the sustainability of PLOS' business model. The post PLOS ONE Output Drops Again In 2016 appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

The Price of Silicon Valley’s "Disruption" — Is It Possible to Now Have Responsible Information Economics?
January 4, 2017 at 5:30 am

As we've absorbed and adopted the information economy assumptions peddled by Silicon Valley, social isolation has increased, the definition of "fact" has become slippery, and the scientific record has become more superficial, less reliable, and more transitory. In fact, confirmation bias seems to have become our main operating principle. Maybe a change in economic incentives…

A Look Back at 2016 and a Peek Forward at 2017
January 3, 2017 at 5:30 am

A look back at The Scholarly Kitchen in 2016 and a glimpse at what's coming in 2017. The post A Look Back at 2016 and a Peek Forward at 2017 appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

A Stocking Stuffer for Christmas
December 23, 2016 at 5:30 am

A recommendation of a wonderful short story by Joseph O'Neill, which should serve as a stocking stuffer this Christmas. The post A Stocking Stuffer for Christmas appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Embrace the Bubble…or Burst it?
December 22, 2016 at 5:30 am

Along with recent hair-pulling about fake news has come renewed awareness of the concept of “filter bubbles,” as many of us acknowledge the risk of political information “bubbles” following the US presidential election. Where we once bemoaned “filter failure” – […] The post Embrace the Bubble…or Burst it? appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Humanities Commons: Networking the Humanities through Open Access, Open Source and Not-for-Profit
December 21, 2016 at 5:30 am

The just-launched beta version of Humanities Commons is the latest in a growing number of scholar-led innovations in scholarly communication. How do such innovations develop, and how should more traditional publishers think about these opportunities? I spoke with MLA's Kathleen Fitzpatrick recently to learn more. The post Humanities Commons: Networking the Humanities through Open Access,…

Communicating Science: What Can We Do Better?
December 20, 2016 at 5:30 am

In the wake of public questions about trust in science, Angela Cochran had a conversation with Dr. Jamie L. Vernon about the challenges of communicating science to the public and how the SciComm community could do better. The post Communicating Science: What Can We Do Better? appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Whither Portable Peer Review?
December 19, 2016 at 5:30 am

Three companies (Rubriq, Axios Review, and Peerage of Science) have working models for external peer review. Has any one of them found a model for success? The post Whither Portable Peer Review? appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

STM Week 2016 — Stray Thoughts on Security, Open Access, and Data
December 16, 2016 at 10:22 am

What has become known as “STM Week” represents a series of meetings in London which expanded this year to include London Information International as a competing/complementary event in another part of the city (known to some as “western Norway,” depending on how that train ride to the eXcel Center felt to you). STM Innovations has become one…

What We Tell Society Publishers About Open Access
December 13, 2016 at 11:59 am

My colleagues and I spend a great deal of time advising professional society publishers on their programs, and not infrequently open access (OA) comes up in the discussions. Sometimes this is because OA is the focus of a project, sometimes it is because OA is on the minds of the society’s leadership. What we find…