Do you know why academics work through the festive season?

It’s that time of the year again. Academics around Australia are wrapping up loose ends, and lamenting over the papers that didn’t quite get published during the year. And many will be frantically finishing off work to make way for the grant-writing season. For the record, I had four papers as a first author during … Continue reading Do you know why academics work through the festive season?

From the NY Times, Patricia Cohen looks at the push towards open reviewing for academic publishing. Yes, we all suffer at the hands of peer review, where even the most hardened of mathematical modellers will cross their fingers hoping to bring some luck to a process that seems to be more noise than signal. The … Continue reading

A very interesting way to find journals, authors and related publications

This tool allows you to insert either a whole abstract or some keywords, to find related journals, their influence and other benefits (like being available for free after a certain amount of time). It also allows you to find relevant authors and the relevant articles they write. I tried this tool on two recent drafts … Continue reading A very interesting way to find journals, authors and related publications

Be careful who you criticise

Lancet editors discuss the case of a science writer, Simon Singh, and what happened when he wrote an opinion piece in the Guardian (UK) about claims by chiropractors, who promptly sued him. The original article can be found on an external site after being pulled from the Guardian’s website after the original complaint from the … Continue reading Be careful who you criticise