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  • Michael Rees 09:54 on 17/09/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Crowdreviewing now made possible 

    “Here at PaperCritic, we find that science should be as open as possible and that everyone should be able to review each other’s work, not just the elected few. This is why PaperCritic now offers researchers a way of obtaining and providing feedback for each others work in a fully open and transparent environment.”

    Great effort PaperCritic this is my philosophy exactly. http://www.papercritic.com/home

    via @petahopkins

  • Michael Rees 06:12 on 16/01/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Ebook Lending Demand Soars, Libraries Struggle 

    In a post from the Washington Post:

    Even though Maryland’s entire library system more than doubled its inventory in the past couple of years, it has fewer than 10,000 copyrighted e-books available. Meanwhile, the number of e-book checkouts across the state almost quadrupled in that time, to 266,000 last year.

  • Michael Rees 17:26 on 12/12/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The Closed Academic Journals Call to Arms 

    We saw danah tweet her frustration and she has now followed up with a post entitled Save Scholarly Ideas, Not the Publishing Industry (a rant). In this she poses two questions:

    Q1. What are *you* doing to resist the corporate stranglehold over scholarly knowledge in order to make your knowledge broadly accessible?

    Q2. What are the five things that you think that other scholars should do to help challenge the status quo?

    The best I can offer is a refusal to referee for closed access journals/conferences and to publish my thoughts and ideas in public blogs open to all. A small contribution to danah’s mission of ‘making scholarly knowledge widely accessible’.

  • Michael Rees 17:12 on 12/12/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Journal of Visualized Experiments, A New Type of Journal 

    The journal exploits its video-only content and thereby claims benefits such as rapid knowledge transfer, better explanation of complexity, accurate reproduction of intricate processes, and the integration of time into the content. Sadly the fact of being video-based is used to explain its closed nature – video production is too expensive to be open access! Interesting concept though that can be exploited in many other scientific and engineering disciplines.

    2011-12-12 SNAG-01Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a peer reviewed, PubMed indexed journal devoted to the publication of biological, medical, chemical and physical research in a video format. …

    JoVE takes advantage of video technology to capture and transmit the multiple facets and intricacies of life science research. Visualization greatly facilitates the understanding and efficient reproduction of both basic and complex experimental techniques, thereby addressing two of the biggest challenges faced by today’s life science research community: i) low transparency and poor reproducibility of biological experiments and ii) time and labor-intensive nature of learning new experimental techniques.

    Thanks to @gsiemens and @veletsianos for the heads-up.

  • Michael Rees 17:47 on 05/12/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Open Web Peer Review, an Online History Book Example 

    writinghistoryKristen Nawrotzki and Jack Dougherty posed the question many have been asking:

    Could web technology help us to fix some of the weaknesses we identified in the traditional processes of (solitary) writing, (secretive) blind peer reviewing and (slow and exclusive) paper-based publication?

    They postulated that the open web could be used to encourage collaboration between all participants, result in exemplary scholarship and find an academic publisher.

    Read how they fared in their inspiring blog post in search of ‘transparency, collaboration and open access in the service of good scholarship’, and read the book that they edited, Writing History in the Digital Age.

  • Michael Rees 17:51 on 04/12/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Penguin Joins the Trend in Ebooks to Digital Shorts 

    From 1 December Penguin will join the trend to ebook digital shorts.

    The program is launching in the UK first, with nine titles being released on December 1. All are priced at £0.99 ($1.58) or £1.99. ($3.17) In the U.S., Penguin has been publishing short-form “Penguin eSpecials” since 2008, and those will be rebranded as Penguin Shorts next year.

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