Some implications of "digital" for academic publishing

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Evaluating recommender systems for academics

Amazon’s “frequently bought together” tool doesn’t inspire confidence: here Amazon recommends The Handmaid’s Tale and A Streetcar named Desire for anyone buying Hamlet.

Recommender systems are the El Dorado of the 21st century. Retailers, manufacturers, content aggregators such as Netflix and Spotify see recommendations as …

The Trouble with Triples : using linked data for library collections

A new publication from OCLC outlines progress on the use of linked data for research archives and special collections. There is a list of 21 members of the relevant OCLC linked data review group, so this publication looks to represent a considered opinion rather than …

Are abstracts better than full text?

 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 and Ludo Witman) has …

Are e-books a failure?

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 the same as print, …

A Bibliographic Scan of Digital Scholarly Communication Infrastructure

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 sounded authoritative, and I …

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?

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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 …

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