Thanks, I’ll pass

People send me stuff. I got this email today with the subject: Publish Your Research Paper And then I read the image that was the advertisement for the new journal. Yo, I’m invited to contribute “resarch”.

Peer Evil – the rotten business model of modern science

Guest essay by Abzats. The most exciting period in science was, arguably, 1895-1945. It was marked by discoveries that changed the foundations of modern science: X-rays, quantum mechanics, superconductivity, relativity theory and nuclear energy. Then, compare this with the next 50 years in science. Incomparable. Nothing of that scale or impact. Yes, technology has advanced,…

UK Conference of Science Journalists: ‘institutions unlikely to fairly investigate allegations of fraud made against their own’

Guest post by Douglas J. Keenan The 2012 UK Conference of Science Journalists was held on June 25th. The programme is available on the UKCSJ web site. The conference is intended for science journalists, as its name says; I attended at the kind invitation of the President of the Association of British Science Writers, Connie…

Editorial in Nature calls for open access data – ‘Science’s capacity for self-correction comes from its openness to scrutiny and challenge.’

An excerpt: Open your minds and share your results An open approach is the best way to maximize the benefits of research for both scientists and the public, says Geoffrey Boulton There is a compelling case for having open access to scientific papers, to enhance the efficacy and reach of scientific communication. But important though…

Quote of the Week – rubbishing peer review

Here I am, minding my own business, looking at my local newspaper, and just reading what is happening locally. Then, out pops this profound quote of the week that is just gobsmacking. The first line of the story starts out like this: CHICO — A graduate student researching local rattlesnakes has something to prove, but…