In 1907, influenced by the Eugenics Movement, Indiana adopted an “act to prevent procreation of confirmed criminals, idiots, imbeciles and rapists”, which was the first legislation of this kind in the United States. Christine Hassenstab, author of the open access book “Body Law and the Body of Law”, published by De Gruyter Open, uses this period to analyze the social circumstances of this infamous law and its creation. She compares it to the context of the debates that accompanied the sterilization practices in Norway in the 30s, and to later discussions about abortion in these two countries. I am pleased […]
3,141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286 20899862803482534211706798214808651328230664709384460955058223 – this is Pi to 138 decimal places so you can put it on Twitter. Pi is an irrational number, which means it cannot be expressed as a ratio of integers. Therefore, it has a never ending representation in decimals, which are commonly used today. Despite this fact, Pi is an absolute superstar among mathematical symbols and it has millions of fans around the world who celebrate its existence on the occasion of Pi Day, on March 14th (3.14). Or maybe its irrationality helps it to gain more attention? Over the years of mathematical learning, an entire discipline of […]
To tweet or not to tweet? Not only are articles that have strong coverage in social media likely to be cited more in the future, social media is also the tool that allows us to communicate directly with the general public. In a time of fiscal crisis, when austerity diminishes national research budgets we, researchers should be able to show that our work has value. People should have an opportunity to discuss our research and judge it from a moral, ethical, political or any other point of view. And we should be able to defend them. The majority of researchers […]
All stories were created by Agata Morka, Product Manager of Open Access Books at De Gruyter Open, art historian and PhD. Comics are licensed under the Creative Commons Non Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International, just like the rest of the blog content.
Antonio Facchetti: I do not make decisions on where to publish only based on the journal Impact Factor
I am pleased to present the interview with Antonio Facchetti, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University, who was named Highly Cited Scientist by Thomson Reuters in July 2014 and is the editor in chief of ‘Organic Photonics and Photovoltaics’. The journal was established by De Gruyter Open as a part of the Emerging Science Journals project. Could you describe the beginning of ‘Organic Photonics and Photovoltaics’ (OPP)? Paulina Leśna-Szreter, managing editor of physics at De Gruyter Open (which was previously Versita) contacted me to ask if I would be interested in launching a new journal in the field of […]
Low quality journals might be seen as a problem for some policymakers and funders, but not as any harm to the development of knowledge. In fact, it seems like we have completely the opposite problem: young, talented researchers are afraid of publishing in well recognized journals with moderate Impact Factor, because they want to have only top class entries in their CVs. I had the pleasure to read two interesting blog posts yesterday. The first one was an entry by Jeffrey Beall in which he claimed that he discovered journals established only “to game” Google Scholar. The second one, by Emanuel […]