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Remembering William H. Gass: Resources for Exploring a Life in Sentences – Part I

By Joel Minor and William Youngblood on December 8, 2017

We were saddened to hear of the death of William H. Gass, at the age of 93. As the many obituaries and tributes have attested and will attest, with his passing we have lost an important and still-active voice in American letters (Eyes, a collection of short stories and novellas was published in 2...

Scholarly communications selected links from Nov. 2017

By Ruth Lewis on November 30, 2017

You’re a Researcher Without a Library: What Do You Do?, by Jake Orlowitz. AND A Growing Open Access Toolbox, By Diana Kwon in The Scientist, November 28, 2017. Nice reminders about Open Access Button, Unpaywall, self-archiving, etc. Mentions recent Sci-Hub challenges also. See also: Court demands...

Several articles on ResearchGate removed

By Ruth Lewis on October 31, 2017

I mentioned the beginning of this story last month. It is still unclear whether this talk and action around “responsible sharing” will decrease the use and value of “scholarly collaboration networks” SCNs, such as, Mendeley, ResearchGate and Academia.edu. Here is a samplin...

Scholarly communications selected links from Sept. 2017

By Ruth Lewis on September 28, 2017

Open Access Week is October 23-29, 2017 everywhere! The theme this year is “open in order to…,” which “serves as a prompt to move beyond talking about openness in itself and focus on what openness enables—in an individual discipline, at a particular institution, or in a sp...

Peer reviews and preprints news and notes, Sept. 2017

By Ruth Lewis on September 28, 2017

Peer Review has been in the news a lot this month because of Peer Review Week and the Eighth International Peer Review Congress. Here is a sampling to get you started if you are interested in this topic: Journals Peer Review: Past, Present, Future and Seven Things I Learned at the Eighth Internat...

Scholarly communications selected links from late summer, 2017

By Ruth Lewis on August 30, 2017

Public access: FASTR Legislation Would Ensure Permanency of Public Access to Scientific Research (SPARC) | Open Access Can’t Wait. Pass FASTR Now (Electronic Frontier Foundation) | Does Reg Review threaten Public Access? (David Wojick) Preprints: Six New Preprint Services Join a Growing Com...

Scholarly communications selected links from May, 2017

By Ruth Lewis on May 31, 2017

Preprint news: – paleorXiv [an open source platform for Paleontology preprints, developed in collaboration with the Center for Open Science] Now open for [prelaunch] submissions! – LawArXiv – Preprints.org is now included in the OSF Preprints Search. – Elsevier enters prep...

Summer hiatus – how to keep up with scholarly communications news

By Ruth Lewis on May 8, 2017

I’m not planning to post on this blog during June-July 2017. If you miss the news summaries or want to make your own choices, I recommend these sources for keeping yourself informed. These compilations are very much my personal choices about stories, so you may find whole areas of “sc...

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Peer review in 2030

By Ruth Lewis on May 8, 2017

This report is receiving many comments: What might peer review look like in 2030?, a report from BioMed Central and Digital Science, May 2017, available on Figshare CC-BY. This was a report from a one-day conference in November 2016, SpotOn London. Article titles in the report: Artificial Intelli...