Category Archives: Scientific sites

Peer review: not much fun?

Just a quick post to flag up an interesting article in 3rd June’s issue of the The Economist on how to make peer review less onerous: Preview and prosper. Whoever thought there’d be a statue dedicated to peer review?  

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New scientist regains independence

New Scientist has announced in its 20 May 2017 issue that it has returned to independent ownership having been owned by Reed Business Information since the early 1970s. It has been bought by Kingston Acquisitions which the FT describes as … Continue reading

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Missing you already…or not?

Happy new year! Here’s an interesting bit of news to start off 2017. An article in Science magazine 6 Jan 2017 describes how hundreds of universities, technical schools and research institutes and public libraries in Germany will be starting the … Continue reading

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Another article in support of open access

I’ve posted several times on the open access movement which aims to end the practice of charging to read academic papers describing research which has usually been publicly funded in the first place. The latest case for open access is … Continue reading

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Let the bells ring out, spreading harmony

An appropriately festive article of especial interest to me (as a bell-ringer, or “campanologist” if you like long words), entitled Ding dong measurement on high, swung into my in-box from ScienceDaily over the weekend and inspired me to think about … Continue reading

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Taylor & Francis offers free access to medical journals for 14 days

The title says it all really, all you have to do is to register on the Taylor & Francis website. Then you will be able to enjoy 14 days of free access to all of their latest medical journal content … Continue reading

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Will Virtual Reality one day be the new way to search?

If you want to understand the virtual reality “landscape”, you could hardly do better than have a read of  a very interesting (and quite long) feature in The Verge which takes a look at the many worlds of virtual reality, … Continue reading

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Nature publishers make articles free to share for read-only

This is an interesting move by Nature. The publishing group is enabling subscribers to share its articles without charge for others to read online. The initial paragraph stating that “all research papers from Nature will be made free to read … Continue reading

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And some good news for open access…and a cautionary tale

A new Charity Open Access Fund has been created by 6 medical organisations: Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation, Arthritis Research UK, Breast Cancer Campaign, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and open access’s old friend, the Wellcome Trust, which is … Continue reading

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Update on open access: the door is still closed and we might have to sleep for 100 years

I was recently asked by a colleague, for whom I’d been buying a number of academic papers, whether I was seeing much progress with open access. The costs were mounting, as he’d asked for quite a few and academic papers … Continue reading

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