Some implications of "digital" for scholarly writing and publishing

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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 …

Do standard article formats limit creativity?

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Notes and Queries, a journal first published 1849: fascinating, but decidedly quirky. It is still published today, but looks very different

Once upon a time, academic journals were a cornucopia of formats and styles. They were fascinating, as the above …

The Post-Publication Review

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Review of The Theory of the Leisure Class, from The American Journal of Sociology, Vol 5, No 6 (May 1900)

Books and journal articles are not the same – you hear this all the time, but I for one …

The NEC Conference 2022

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The Eliza psychotherapist emulator  – an updated version of the 60s illusion of intelligence

A welcome return to the NEC (formerly Rave) Conference in London. There was a smaller attendance than in previous years, but as before, the quality of presentations …

Has digital publishing ruined our ability to read?

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Two of the oldest myths about reading are:

  1. We would be better people if we read more (for example here, here and here – but I could find hundreds of examples)
  2. We have only

What makes a book or article significant?

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Cover of the paperback edition of Nudge (2021,”final” edition)

The traditional measure of academic significance, invented way back in the 1960s, is the citation index. If a paper is cited, then it has significance for other researchers. If we count the …

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