Bohannon’s Science Sting – playing devil’s advocate and proposing a solution

[Update: I realise that perhaps many of you are not going to have the same perspective about the Science Sting that I have purposefully taken here (hence the title). Apologies in advance.] It took a journalist (albeit one with a PhD in molecular biology) to reveal the extent of the peer-review problems among predatory journals. … Continue reading Bohannon’s Science Sting – playing devil’s advocate and proposing a solution

Do people outside of universities want to read peer-reviewed journal articles?

I asked a question on Twitter about whether or not people actually tried to read the peer-reviewed journal articles (not just the media releases), and if they encountered paywalls when they tried. This is what happened: [Click on the time/date to see the conversation] In case you don't want to read through the whole conversation, … Continue reading Do people outside of universities want to read peer-reviewed journal articles?

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