I've just released a Plaudit browser extension! Plaudit is an attempt to simulate #OpenAccess research by influencing the incentive structure for researchers: direct endorsements by their peers, rather than through being published in a paywalled journal.
Quand les scientifiques se révoltent contre les géants de l'édition savante https://www.ledevoir.com/societe/education/546298/rebellion-contre-une-revue-predatrice "Le modèle d’affaires de ces géants est simple : ils obtiennent gratuitement leurs articles, qu’ils revendent à gros prix aux bibliothèques universitaires" via @NicolasDoux@twitter.com
Quit using Mendeley people!
They started encrypting your database so you cannot easily move it over to other tools any more.
That link also helps you saving your data before it's too late.
(Elsevier are a bunch of crooks, blocking interoperability one-way and not the other. Almost as bad as Google blocking uBlock for your safety...)
Although Elsevier hasn't come around yet, Wiley made an #OpenAccess publishing deal with Germany. Sounds interesting, the universities essentially pay for publishing services but all their authors' works will be available. It includes launching a new journal too. I haven't read through the details but this sounds really positive at first glance. https://www.hrk.de/press/press-releases/press-release/meldung/wiley-and-projekt-deal-partner-to-enhance-the-future-of-scholarly-research-and-publishing-in-germany/
‘Traditional masculinity’ deemed ‘harmful’ by American Psychological Association
– article: https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/424829-traditional-masculinity-deemed-harmful-by-american
'...The American Psychological Association (APA) officially labeled “traditional masculinity” as “harmful” in a new report.
The label is in the report titled “Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men,” a first of its kind for the association, which was featured in the January issue of “Monitor on Psychology” magazine.
“Traditional masculinity ideology has been shown to limit males’ psychological development, constrain their behavior, result in gender role strain and gender role conflict and negatively influence mental health and physical health,” according to an excerpt in the 36-page report...'
the .pdf report: https://www.apa.org/about/policy/boys-men-practice-guidelines.pdf
#LocalBookshops treat their staff well, pay their taxes and don't track their users.
They're the most ethical way of buying physical books, they have selections curated by human beings, and if they don't have a book they can order it in (often within 24 hours).
You can find your local bookshops here:
Super idea for a new year's game jam: the US public domain just got a huge amount of new work (first since 1998) so there's a contest to use those works to inspire new games. https://itch.io/jam/gaming-like-its-1923
I started reading the only kid's novel I've written, to my just turned-8-year-old son. I never finished editing it (like my others) though it's probably older than the kid. I figured it was past time to get some feedback. So far it's primed good questions, laughs, more enjoyment than I expected. The sticking point was the in medias res beginning—he really disliked that abrupt start. I wonder if most kids would feel that way? Maybe too unsettling when you're young not to get some background.
Good points in this article about data and all that shapes its context to not actually be "raw" as implied. https://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/why-data-is-never-raw
The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) published its response to Europe's Plan S (pushing publishers on #OpenAccess). COAR supports Plan S generally but makes some good critical points on where it should be revised to improve it (mostly dealing with technical processes in repository systems).
My collaborators & I have been working on a little project. It's at the point where we can show it to the world, on the understanding that yes there are errors and rough bits here and there, but with time these will iron out.
So, welcome to the Open Digital Archaeology Textbook Environment! https://electricarchaeology.ca/2018/12/14/odate-in-perpetual-beta/
How using open data science has worked for the Ocean Health Index. It's impressive how big a difference their open processes have made on their progress. https://opensource.com/article/18/12/protecting-world-oceans #OpenScience #OpenData
#FunkWhale is an open source federated music streaming and storage service.
There's a demo instance using Creative Commons tracks here:
The official "Join Funkwhale" site is here:
You can follow them at:
Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.
We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities in academia, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.
"An academic microblog that you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"
(Participation is, of course, optional)
Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.
Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to @email@example.com and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.