Signs of ‘citation hacking’ flagged in scientific papers

Posted in Research on August 15th, 2020 by steve

“Scientists who get too many references to their own work inserted in others’ papers – whether by prior arrangement or by asking for extra references during peer review – might leave telltale fingerprints in the citation record, say two researchers who have developed a way to detect what they call citation hacking …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 14 August]

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Ten takeaways from ten years at Retraction Watch

Posted in Research on August 4th, 2020 by steve

International“As we celebrate our tenth birthday and look forward to our second decade, we thought it would be a good time to take stock and reflect on some lessons we – and others – have learned …” (more)

[Ivan Oransky, Retraction Watch, 3 August]

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Science publishing has opened up during the coronavirus pandemic. It won’t be easy to keep it that way

Posted in Research on July 28th, 2020 by steve

International“Scientific publishing is not known for moving rapidly. In normal times, publishing new research can take months, if not years. Researchers prepare a first version of a paper on new findings and submit it to a journal, where it is often rejected, before being resubmitted to another journal, peer-reviewed, revised and, eventually, hopefully published …” (more)

[Virginia Barbour, The Conversation, 27 July]

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Open-access Plan S to allow publishing in any journal

Posted in Research on July 16th, 2020 by steve

International“Funding agencies behind the radical open-access (OA) initiative Plan S have announced a policy that could make it possible for researchers to bypass journals’ restrictions on open publishing. The change could allow scientists affected by Plan S to publish in any journal they want – even in subscription titles, such as Science, that haven’t yet agreed to comply with the scheme …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 16 July]

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After Open Access

Posted in Research on July 15th, 2020 by steve

International“We are a collective of intersectional feminist and social justice journal editors. We reject the narrow values of efficiency, transparency and compliance that inform current developments and policies in open access and platform publishing …” (more)

[Critical Legal Thinking, 15 July]

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Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals Don’t Really Do Their Job

Posted in Research on June 27th, 2020 by steve

“The rush for scientific cures and treatments for Covid-19 has opened the floodgates of direct communication between scientists and the public. Instead of waiting for their work to go through the slow process of peer review at scientific journals, scientists are now often going straight to print themselves, posting write-ups of their work to public servers as soon as they’re complete …” (more)

[Simine Vazire, Wired, 25 June]

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Universities Step Up the Fight for Open-Access Research

Posted in Research on June 16th, 2020 by steve

“Five years ago, when Jeffrey MacKie-Mason first joined the University of California team that negotiates with academic publishers, he asked a colleague what would happen if he failed to strike a deal. What if, instead, he simply canceled their subscription? ‘I was told I would be fired the next day’, the UC Berkeley librarian says …” (more)

[Gregory Barber, Wired, 16 June]

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What are scientific papers for?

Posted in Research on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Writing scientific papers and publishing them in academic journals is an essential part of the activity of a researcher. ‘Publish or perish’ is truer now than ever, and an extensive publication list is essential for anyone wanting to have a career in science. But what are these papers actually for? What purpose do they serve? …” (more)

[In the Dark, 30 May]

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When to bury an academic paper?

Posted in Research on April 30th, 2020 by steve

“Last November, a paper of mine got an impossible-to-do R&R by an academic (ethics/political philosophy) journal – it amounted to a de facto rejection, except if I was willing to write a very different paper. The paper had been rejected before, and I was at a point where I wasn’t sure what to do with it …” (more)

[Ingrid Robeyns, Crooked Timber, 30 April]

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Women academics seem to be submitting fewer papers during coronavirus. ‘Never seen anything like it,’ says one editor.

Posted in Research on April 29th, 2020 by steve

“This was supposed to be a big year for Einat Lev. She planned to do field work in Hawaii and Alaska, submit a major research proposal, then finish writing the last of five papers necessary for her tenure application. In September, she would finally go before the review committee, the final step to becoming a full-fledged associate professor of seismology at Columbia University …” (more)

[Caroline Kitchener, The Lily, 24 April]

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First open access science programme signed with Elsevier

Posted in Research on February 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A consortium of publicly funded Irish higher education institutions and Elsevier, the 140-year-old publisher and ‘global leader in information analytics’ specialising in science and health, have agreed to the country’s first open access programme with a major scientific publisher, an important step towards the goal of securing full open access to Irish research publications …” (more)

[University World News, 20 February]

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Is Sci-Hub Safe?

Posted in Research on January 17th, 2020 by steve

International“Alexandra Elbakyan, founder of the scholarly piracy website Sci-Hub, is suspected of working with Russian intelligence officials to steal confidential research and military secrets from American universities. According to The Washington Post, Elbakyan, nicknamed the Robin Hood of science, is currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for suspected criminal acts and espionage …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 17 January]

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Gender neutrality in economics: The role of editors and referees

Posted in Research on January 8th, 2020 by steve

International“Women economists are under-represented across the discipline, from university departments to academic conferences and publishing houses. This column focuses on the editorial process and asks whether the referees and editors of four leading economics journals made gender-neutral publishing decisions between 2003 and 2013 …” (more)

[David Card, Stefano DellaVigna, Patricia Funk and Nagore Iriberri, Vox, 8 January]

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Predatory journals: no definition, no defence

Posted in Research on December 11th, 2019 by steve

International“Leading scholars and publishers from ten countries have agreed a definition of predatory publishing that can protect scholarship. It took 12 hours of discussion, 18 questions and 3 rounds to reach …” (more)

[Nature, 11 December]

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Bias in Publishing

Posted in Research on November 7th, 2019 by steve

“You’ll have heard the story about women whingeing about how their proudly-submitted papers got rejected by a premier journal without being sent out to referees. Or that the comments they received from referees were unduly harsh, but a male colleague’s paper got through on the nod without multiple resubmissions. Just a bunch of females having a moan wasn’t it because they can’t hack it? Well, no. Turns out they (we) were right …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 6 November]

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Two-thirds of researchers report ‘pressure to cite’ in Nature poll

Posted in Research on October 1st, 2019 by steve

International“An online poll answered by more than 4,300 Nature readers suggests that most researchers have felt pressured by peer reviewers to cite studies in their papers that seem unnecessary. Readers were asked, ‘Have you ever felt pressured by peer reviewers to cite seemingly superfluous studies in your work?’, to which 66% responded ‘yes’ and 34% said ‘no’ …” (more)

[Dalmeet Singh Chawla, Nature, 1 October]

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A Pointless Imprimatur?

Posted in Research on August 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In numerous rants about Open Access on this blog I’ve made the point that because of the arXiv the field I work in is way ahead of the game. Most researchers in astronomy astrophysics and cosmology post their papers on the arXiv, and many do that before the work has been accepted for publication. Even before the arXiv we used to circulate preprints ahead of publication …” (more)

[In the Dark, 26 August]

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All publicly funded Irish research to be made freely available from 2020

Posted in Research on July 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new government framework on ‘open research’ states that all Irish scholarly publications resulting from publicly funded research are to be made openly available from 2020. The framework was launched by Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan and contains a set of initiatives designed to change the culture of Irish academia …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 11 July]

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Elsevier Ends Journal Access for UC System

Posted in Teaching on July 11th, 2019 by steve

“Elsevier this week began revoking the University of California system’s journal access – more than six months after the two parties failed to reach agreement on a new bundled journal subscription deal. In December 2018, the university system announced that it would not renew its $10-million-a-year ‘big deal’ with the publisher after negotiations broke down …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 11 July]

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They Know We Know They Know: Does Sci-Hub Affect Library Subscriptions?

Posted in Research on July 3rd, 2019 by steve

International“The question of whether – and, if so, to what degree – Sci-Hub and similar pirate portals will lead (or are already leading) libraries to cancel journal subscriptions has been a fraught one for some time, and the debate doesn’t seem likely to settle down anytime soon …” (more)

[Rick Anderson, The Scholarly Kitchen, 3 July]

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