Open Lingusitics, a new Open Access journal by De Gruyter Open, invites all researchers and students working in the field of linguistics to a joint effort. On the occasion of The European Day of Languages, the Open Linguistics’ editor-in-chief, Sabine Ehrhart is starting an open discussion on the borders between languages, which may lead to a crowd-sourced, peer-reviewed paper, being published in this journal. The main idea behind the initiative is to encourage as many people as possible to take part in the process of academic content creation. An equitable discussion among peers is at the heart of the academic […]
If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants wrote Isaac Newton in a letter to Robert Hooke on 15 February 1676, by which he meant that he was only able to make his discoveries thanks to previous knowledge. The very same Isaac Newton was encoding his own mathematical works as an anagram, instead of publishing them (have a look here). His goal was to take advantage of his competitors and to gain evidence that he was the first author of some discovery, without revealing it to the others, thus without giving them the opportunity […]
Terms like ‘open peer review’ and ‘post publication peer review’ are more and more popular and at the same time quite misleading. The Internet provides an opportunity to make work available to a broad audience at very low cost, thus there is less reason to wait for formal reviews, leading to a thin line between published and unpublished work. Peer review is the system of quality control in modern academic publishing. The idea behind it is simple: each paper or book has to be checked by one, two or more specialists working in the same field as the author(s) of […]
I recently wrote about new initiative – The Accelerating Science Award Program in which Google, PLOS and Wellcome Trust with other organizations were looking for people who have used, applied, or remixed scientific research — published through Open Access — in order to realize innovations in science, medicine, and technology to reward them with $ 30,000 prize for their efforts. It seems that the OA awards season has just begun and another competition is in line – this one initiated big time by the White House.
I am pleased to announce our next guest blogger. Tomorrow we will publish a post by Mercedes Bunz, one of the most versatile digital journalists that I know. As an avid Open Access advocate, Mercedes has agreed to contribute a text about a subjects, that appears somewhat neglected in the entire Open Access discourse: Books. Open Access books are reviewed and published faster than ever before. This has a profound effect on the role the book plays within our sciences. Rather than publishing just findings, the book becomes part of a scholarly conversation. To explore this conversation further, Mercedes’s blog […]
Del-fi (a good blog, so go and visit) has an interesting post on a new book called The Half-Life of Facts. Here’s the blurb from Amazon: Facts change all the time. Smoking has gone from doctor recommended to deadly. We used to think the Earth was the center of the universe and that Pluto was a planet. For decades, we were convinced that the brontosaurus was a real dinosaur. In short, what we know about the world is constantly changing. But it turns out there’s an order to the state of knowledge, an explanation for how we know what we know. Samuel […]