Some implications of "digital" for scholarly writing and publishing

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Do we need speed cameras for research integrity?

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In a provocative post on Scholarly Kitchen, Angela Cochran (VP of Publishing of one of the most prestigious scholarly societies, the American Society for Clinical Oncology) argues that societies should not be burdened with the …

The London Book Fair

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For anyone whose interest is primarily scholarly publishing, the London Book Fair is a rather tantalizing affair. There is a lot of noise, and crowds in all the aisles (over 30,000 attendees, according to the organisers), but the bulk of the …

The Researcher to Reader Conference 2024

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How one university got three different results to the question “how many OA articles did we publish in 2022?” Graphic by Ben Rawlins of University of Kentucky. The “sources” are three different aggregation services, Dimensions, Web of Science, and Taylor and

The Second Digital Transformation of Scholarly Publishing

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This lengthy report (some 20,000 words) is quite a challenge to review. It was created out of interviews with some 49 major figures in the scholarly landscape, all of them from the anglophone Western scholarly region, a mixture of commercial publishers, …

Can AI help with garbage deletion?

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Todd Carpenter, in a Scholarly Kitchen article, praises Esther Dyson’s phrase “garbage deletion”, by which she means the process of removing objects in a search and leaving only the good contents. “Good” here means appropriate …

Hype in scholarly writing

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The famous 1954 paper showing the causative link between smoking and lung cancer

Ken Hyland wrote an interesting post (16 May 2023) on the appropriately named LSE Impact Blog, with the melodramatic title “Crucial! New! Essential! – The rise of hype …

UKSG 2023: the Glasgow experience

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The barn-like SEC, where UKSG was held

Now that the UKSG annual conference has got back to something like normality following the pandemic years, it seems a good moment to explore some fundamental questions. What is UKSG for?

You could say, …

Making reviews more open

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The first issue of French Studies (1947). From the start, this journal contained reviews – there were 15 reviews in this issue.

Sjang ten Hagen writes (in the LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog) about “the apparent role of book reviewing …

How to evaluate a startup

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The ad-hoc atmosphere: We stood while they stood and presented

The STM Startup Fair (London, 6 December 2022), billed by STM as “our first ever”, was a fascinating event. There were 23 startups, each given five minutes to present what they …

An AI toolkit we can all use

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Now that artificial intelligence (AI) tools are widely used across academic publishing, how can we make informed assessments of these utilities? One problem is that new utilities appear almost weekly. It’s challenging for any academic to keep up with what is …

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