a poll about OpenSource in OpenScience 

I wonder about that because OpenScience is becoming relevant, but most of the journals that I see and where I publish, always demand manuscripts in Microsoft Format... In fact, I only used Microsoft and Microsoft Office just for the last check before sending a manuscript. I guess they use also non-OpenSource soft for all the process... And I think by that way is not Open Science: Open Source must be in all the steps of the academic publishing process

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a poll about OpenSource in OpenScience 

Hi friends, I'd like to know your opinion about in . I think Open-Source must be for all the steps in the process of academic publishing to be Open-Science, not only if you develop a soft or for the results. What do you think?

Is Open Science if the research was written/developed/processed with non Open-Access Software?
For example: is Open Science if the research was written with Microsoft Office, or developed using SPSS?

About Moodle and questionnaires 

I don't like to program exams in my courses. Thus, I name them "exercises on live". I've had to prepare 6 different exercises for 3 courses, using Moodle. It's been really useful to use the option "import in XML format". I think it's easier to redact questions in XML. I wrote the questions and solutions in text format first, and just had to substitute the text in the XML file. The interface of Moodle is really slow for me. Maybe it could be useful for someone

Last week, in my course on information seeking/retrieval, I dedicated a class to watch "Paywall: The Business of Scholarship" :OpenAccess:
I explained that now I can chose to publish only in OA journals and that I decline reviews if the journal is not OA. But during my PhD most of the times I felt forced to publish in "journals with the highest impact factor" and not OA due to the criteria of the University. I like the quote by Lars Bjørnshauge in the capture attached:


What I enjoy the most is when I finish a course and I publish the materials in the repository of my university with CC-BY license :CreativeCommons:. Many of the materials by my colleagues are closed. The university warns students cannot share them to avoid copyright issues. Regarding my materials, I believe in the future any professor will be able to start from that point, without having to do everything from 0, etc. That means benefits for the students. So, it's good to publish them openly.😄

Today, in my course on and , I presented and discussed about and . It was difficult and also fun. I launched a poll at the end:

Sci-Hub yes or Sci-Hub no?

3/21 was for no, and 85.7% for yes

:scihub: :scihub: 😀

For the last month, I've been working on a paper about the impact of Covid-19 in the use of Spanish University Libraries. It's not a common journal: manuscripts are shared on Iwetel, a Spanish distribution list on library science up to 5.5k members. People can discuss the manuscript and their comments are added to the final paper: you can be the reviewer.
I created a webtool for the analysis. It's in Spanish: pedrolr.es/impactocovid19bibun
The :OpenAccess: manuscript: thinkepi.profesionaldelainform

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A little note to all of us with that ol' imposter syndrome:

when someone compliments your work, *hear them.*

Don't ignore the compliment. Don't think "they're just being nice."

Hear them.

We all know how easy it is to hear negative critiques. It takes effort to hear that you're doing good work.

Is Science Built on the Shoulders of Women? A Study of Gender Differences in Contributorship | Macaluso et al (2016) | AAMC 

-Women were significantly more likely to be associated with performing experiments

-Differences in labor roles may explain disparities in the rates of scientific publication between men and (e.g., first and last )

-Disparities have implications for (...) the evaluation of scholars, and the conduct of .


It's been 9 months since I submitted my last manuscript for review. It was published after a minor 🤏 round of revisions.
Maybe it is because I've been publishing alone during all my academic life (even if -my- papers were signed by several authors -sorry for that 🙏 -).
The thing is revisions, most of the times, knock me out 😔 .
I hope this will all change soon... 😉

Public Libraries As Partners for Health | Whiteman et al (2018) | Prev Chronic Dis 

- reported interacting with patrons around and social concerns -beyond those related to literacy and education- including help with (94%), (70%), (66%), and benefits (51%).

-Staff members need additional training and resources and collaboration with and institutions to respond to community needs.


Faustino Calderón, el descubridor de pueblos deshabitados | 2020 | eldiario.es 

- Me impresiona la ruina. Ver un pueblo, imaginar que allí hubo vida y ahora verlo en ruinas.

- Me impresiona mucho el silencio y la soledad. Escuchar el silencio, o sea, no escuchar nada más que los sonidos naturales si hace aire, el batir de las ramas, el propio viento o un arroyo que pasa.

- Las ruinas (...) son hermosas.


Blog de Faustino:


Morality-related and revolution-related arguments in Facebook discussions concerning veganism | Spassini (2017) | Res Rhetorica: 

- reveal to be more aggressive using fallacious means and applying derision techniques
-The use of scientific/pseudo-scientific authorities, especially from the side, is an interesting point to be developed
-Presence of almost-religious extremism impacts a veganism-related verbal/visual argumentation, and violence against vegans


On November I achieved a position as Assistant Professor at University Complutense of Madrid, Department of Library & Information Science 

A course I'll teach from February on is about seeking/retrieval. I like to add some points in the program for criticism and thinking:

-Life -and info retrieval- beyond
-Reliability of ?
-What about ?
-The case of -: The Business of Scholarship :OpenAccess:

Hope the class to enjoy it!

Encontré algun artículo científico sobre :

Repensando lo social en los medios sociales... en la red social Mastodon | Liu et al (2020) | 1461-4448:

-Su estructura permite la autonomía de la comunidad
-Su protocolo de código abierto permite que el desarrollo interno y técnico del sitio se convierta en una empresa social en sí misma
-Mastodon ayuda a repensar lo social en los medios sociales en términos de topología, abstracción y escala


I've found some research about Mastodon!

Rethinking the ‘Social’ in ‘Social Media’… on the Social Network | Liu et al (2020) | New Media & Society:

- The structure of Mastodon enables community autonomy
- Mastodon’s open-source protocol allows the internal and technical development of the site to become a social enterprise in and of itself
- Mastodon helps us rethink ‘the social’ in in terms of topology, abstraction, and scale.


In , , : Beautiful "Boletus" during last autumn. I went there several times afterwards and always checked if there was another one like that one in the same place 😄🍄

2021 | Ima Sanchís | La Contra:

- Cuando detectas confusión o enfado, mejor vete a pasear. Pensar bien requiere tiempo. Si la emoción sube, la razón baja, y cualquier conclusión será errónea.
- Confiamos en gente que hemos querido y como trabajamos con la imagen que tenemos de la realidad y no con la realidad, bajamos las defensas. Por eso vivimos las traiciones que vivimos.
-Observa un problema desde otra perspectiva y reformulalo: esa es la opción correcta


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Some good hashtags to check out on the Fediverse:

#BreadPosting - Things people have baked

#DogsOfMastodon - Pictures of good bois

#Florespondence - Plants and flowers

#SFFBookClub - Discussing sci-fi and fantasy books

#MastoArt - Artists on the Fediverse

#Introduction & #Introductions - New people on here, say hello

#NP & #NowPlaying - Music tracks currently listened to

#Caturday - Pictures of cats on Saturdays

#Sporespondence - Mushrooms and other fungi

#SmallStories & #TootFic & #SmallPoems - Fiction and poetry short enough to fit into a toot

#Mosstodon - Pictures of moss

#BandcampFriday - Interesting artists on Bandcamp

#AmReading - Anything you are reading

#AmWriting - Anything you are writing

#AskMastodon & #AskFediverse - Requesting help or info from people on the Fedi

#VendrediLecture - French language discussion of books on Fridays

#MastoRadio - Italian language discussion of music

#FediTips #MastoTips #Hashtags

The effects of plant-based diets on the and the ... | Medawar et al (2019) | Transl Psychiatry:

-They found evidence for short-to moderate-term beneficial effects of -based vs conventional diets on status, energy , and type-2 patients.
-There are no studies linking plant-based diets and cognitive abilities on a neural level, which are urgently needed due to the hidden potential as a therapeutic tool.


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