On open access – practical issues

Upulie Divisekera, prolific tweeter and all-around awesome scientist, wanted to write a thing about open access and was nice enough to ask me for some help. The result, which you can find on Crikey and read for free, captures the costs of publishing and the avenues through which journal publishers make obscene operating profits. Long story … Continue reading On open access – practical issues

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?

Experiences in grant application failure

I think it is just as helpful to openly discuss failures alongside successes (and not just when it comes to publishing experiments), and I think that as academics, we often hide failures and rejections to avoid presenting ourselves in less attractive ways. I’m always impressed when important people (read: Professors) openly discuss their rejected papers … Continue reading Experiences in grant application failure

Of exceptional importance – connecting patients to research

For quite some time, I’ve been very interested in the disconnect between the research being undertaken and the questions that people (especially patients and doctors) need answered. There is a huge disconnect between the two. The NEJM has published a short piece on a very well-funded institute, The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which will … Continue reading Of exceptional importance – connecting patients to research

A competitive network theory of species diversity

That the most probable outcome is the coexistence of a large number of species. What more do you need to know? As in systems of culture, laws, ethnicity, species and probably many others, complexity is either maintained or increased over time. What I would like to know is: “what size perturbation is required to break … Continue reading A competitive network theory of species diversity

International collaboration tends to yield higher impact

International collaboration increases (via Research sans frontières : Nature News). This reminds me of some recent work looking at the effect of international collaboration on the prestige of publications - international collaboration tends to yield higher impact papers in higher impact journals.