All that glitters is not gold: the fallacy of open access evangelism

All-or-nothing open access evangelism perpetuates the problems of scientific publishing. Writing in the Guardian, one advocate has even suggested that publishing behind a pay-wall is immoral. That form of evangelism is wrong - for now - and may do more harm than good. Yes, there are clear advantages to gold open access. Chief among these … Continue reading All that glitters is not gold: the fallacy of open access evangelism

How to do work-life balance: learn to say “no”

I wrote a piece for the Guardian's Higher Education Network, all about the power of "no". The piece was designed particularly with early-career researchers in mind, but there might be some resonance for researchers at other stages of their careers, and maybe even more widely.I always struggle with turning down requests, which tends to make … Continue reading How to do work-life balance: learn to say “no”

A trade to fall back on

There’s a scene from “The Vartabedian Conundrum” in Big Bang Theory where Sheldon says that his Aunt Marion gave him a stethoscope as a child because “he should have a trade to fall back on” if the theoretical physics thing didn’t work out. Trust me, that’s relevant. But let’s go back a step first. This … Continue reading A trade to fall back on