For several years at least, there has been a lively discussion on the future of scientific journals as a platform for scientific publication, and indicators of the impact of researchers themselves. This multi-faceted discussion, taking place under the growing influence of the Open Access movement, […]
The Guardian recently published an article by Professor Robin Osborne under the controversial title “Why open access makes no sense”. The author sets out to prove that there is no such thing as free access to academic research, and having caused quite a stir, I […]
Recently on Scholarly Open Access dr Jeffrey Beall published a post on authors’ misconduct in OA stating that in his view “open-access publishing enables, facilitates, and increases the rate and occurrence of author misconduct.” I could not disagree more with this statement.
For several months the British government has been steadily issuing OA policy guidelines for universities, research institutions; and more generally for British science. The new policy follows the Finch report, which has, in turn, been widely discussed and rejected by the academic community with an […]
A few days ago, The Chronicle of Higher Education published an article by Peter Suber and Darius Cuplinskas, daringly entitled “Open Access to Scientific Research Can Save Lives”. It relates the case of 15 year-old Jack Andraka, who recently announced he had invented a diagnostic […]
One of the biggest problems facing science is that it’s done by us mere humans. We’re highly fallible and, as a result, science is vulnerable to our numerous list of biases. To some extent the scientific method, as a collective activity, has gradually evolved to […]