Some implications of "digital" for scholarly writing and publishing

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Can online conferences improve on their live equvalents?

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The STM Frankfurt Conference 2019. In case you’ve forgotten what real (non-virtual) conferences were like: small screens, big heads in front of you.

Simon Inger, in an interesting post on Scholarly Kitchen (July 7, 2020), makes a tantalising suggestion: an online …

Are abstracts better than full text?

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 One of the most famous articles published this century, the announcement of the human genome sequence (2001). The abstract is 399 words, which means the article would almost certainly not be accepted for publication today.

Aaron Tay (together with Bianca Kramer …

Match Things, not Strings!

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This was one of the admirable principles enunciated by Anthony Groves in his recent Haystack Conference webinar on how to deliver relevant results from a content-rich website, which I wrote about here. Yet, as I will show, sometimes it’s not …

Search and discovery on O’Reilly Online Learning

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A recent excellent webinar about the O’Reilly Online Learning site, part of the excellent Haystack Conferences, was presented by Anthony Groves, O’Reilly Media’s Technical Lead of Search, and promised a fascinating insight into how discovery should be provided. Some might …

Do literary scholars understand AI? Using AI tools to establish authorship

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Hamlet, Second Quarto edition

A long-running exchange of letters in the TLS (most recently May 22 2020) makes it clear that literary scholars have become aware of the use of AI tools to indicate authorship. This technique, always controversial, is …

Are e-books a failure?

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The Amazon Kindle e-book reader (CC BY-SA 3.0)

It wasn’t just me saying it – no less a figure than Arnaud Nourry, head of Hachette, said it in a 2018 interview: “The e-book is a stupid product. It is exactly …

A Bibliographic Scan of Digital Scholarly Communication Infrastructure

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The report “A Bibliographic Scan of Digital Scholarly Communication Infrastructure” sounds inviting. Scholarly communications is a wide field, and things move fast in this sector. The report is provided free of charge, having been funded by the Mellon Foundation, so it …

How to find recipes

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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 …

The Megajournal Lifecycle, or, let’s bash PLOS

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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 …

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