How to find recipes

Eat Your Books home page: the first message is a sales pitch

Here is a problem we are all familiar with. Whether we have three or thirty-three recipe books, we always have trouble finding that elusive recipe that we cooked a couple of months ago …

The Megajournal Lifecycle, or, let’s bash PLOS

Christos Petrou has written a detailed and highly-documented account in Scholarly Kitchen of the rise and fall of megajournals, specifically PLOS. But the conclusions he draws seem to be at variance with the principles behind PLOS.

The megajournal, a single journal that publishes content in …

Building a Sustainable Research Infrastructure

How to find the right content

A recent Scholarly Kitchen topic asked the very pertinent question: how to build a sustainable research infrastructure. Actually the subject was less about sustainability than universality; while sustainable is a term full of positive associations, I don’t think they …

Is Impact male?

Photo by Burst from StockSnap

I need no persuading that there is a deeply rooted sexism at the heart of much of modern life. A recent article by Jennifer Chubb and Gemma Derrick examines one small part of academic publishing, impact assessment for research projects, …

How to select referees for peer review

A reviewer examines a grant proposal (public domain)

How to choose a reviewer for an academic article or a grant proposal? Adam Day raises an interesting idea in his article about peer review, in a recent post on Medium.

He describes how he has …

The Great Schism: Strong v Narrow AI

The perfect robot?

One way to explain the current state of AI is to see it as two (or more) opposing views of the world. Strong AI is the goal of creating consciousness in a machine, as measured in the Turing Test: if you can’t …

Wooldridge, The Road to Conscious Machines

Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927): the robot and its creator

I find histories of artificial intelligence very revealing. Computing as an academic discipline is relatively recent, but AI in particular has always been a cross-over subject, something that has been studied by academics for over 75 …

The Researcher to Reader (R2R) Conference 2020

One of the peer review workshop activities

Yes, it’s workshop time! This was my first Researcher to Reader conference, and I found the event very enjoyable (even if I had to participate in a workshop, which prevented me from falling asleep, as I usually do …

How to write an encyclopedia entry

Pyrrho (Munich, Glypothek)

The basic principles of an encyclopedia article haven’t changed over time – but the same errors continue to be made. One of the most fundamental principles, which is the same as writing a dictionary entry for a concept, is very simple:

Always …

Serendipity as a rule for life

The spectacular foyer of Waterstones Bookshop, Cambridge. Each book on the wall has a handwritten recommendation.

Many years ago, at the start of my career in publishing, an old hand told me what, in his opinion, was the only marketing principle that mattered in trade …

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