Biweekly links for 10/10/2008
- The Collapse of Peer Review « The Scholarly Kitchen
- “Ellison has painstakingly documented the decline of articles published in top economics journals by authors working in the highest-ranked schools. These authors are continuing to publish, but are seeking other outlets, including unrefereed preprint and working paper servers.”
- Open Access Day – FriendFeed Room
- A FriendFeed Room for Open Access Day, October 14.
- Paul Ginsparg: The global-village pioneers
- Superb. Many choice quotes, including this one: “If scholarly infrastructure can be upgraded to encourage maximal spontaneous participation, then we can expect not only an increasing availability of materials online for algorithmic harvesting — articles, datasets, lecture notes, multimedia and software — but also qualitatively new forms of academic effort. “
- Ober, J.: Democracy and Knowledge: Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens.
- “argues that the key to Athens’s success lay in how the city-state managed and organized the aggregation and distribution of knowledge among its citizens. Ober explores the institutional contexts of democratic knowledge management, including the use of social networks for collecting information, publicity for building common knowledge, and open access for lowering transaction costs. He explains why a government’s attempt to dam the flow of information makes democracy stumble. Democratic participation and deliberation consume state resources and social energy. Yet as Ober shows, the benefits of a well-designed democracy far outweigh its costs.”
- Editorial: APS now leaves copyright with authors for derivative works
- There are some significant caveats (read the whole thing!), but the thrust is: “When you submit an article to an APS journal, we ask you to sign our copyright form. It transfers copyright for the article to APS, but keeps certain rights for you, the author. We have recently changed the form to add the right to make ‘‘derivative works’’ that reuse parts of the article in a new work.”
- Timo Hannay: The Future Is A Foreign Country
- The text for Timo’s superb presentation about the future of scientific publishing at the recent Science in the 21st Century Workshop.
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