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Thoughts and analysis related to science information, data, publication and culture.

Introduction to open peer review

Last post we talked about traditional peer review, which is at least single-blinded. This time we will focus on Open Peer Review (OPR). The narrowest way to describe OPR is as a process in which the names of the authors and reviewers are known to one another.

June 28, 2014 — Hadas Shema
Does the scientific journal have a future?

Does the scientific journal have a future?

This summer, scholars will use the break from teaching to submit manuscripts, review papers and develop new ideas. But even as the major functions of scholarly publishing march on, scholars, publishers and librarians start to ask, "What does the future of the scholarly journal look like?" Perhaps we should be asking a different question.

June 18, 2014 — Bonnie Swoger
Avoiding headaches when citing your sources

Avoiding headaches when citing your sources

In the US, most colleges and universities will be finishing up spring classes about now, and final projects are coming due. The Works Cited section of a paper is typically left until last, and students often underestimate how much time it will take to put one together.

May 1, 2014 — Bonnie Swoger

The Birth of Modern Peer Review

Peer review was introduced to scholarly publication in 1731 by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, which published a collection of peer-reviewed medical articles.

April 19, 2014 — Hadas Shema

Frustration of the day: unclear article numbers

Over the past couple of days, I have been reviewing some citations for student projects.  Several of the students submitted citations in which they expressed confusion over what page numbers to include.

April 9, 2014 — Bonnie Swoger

Why I don’t buy print reference books

Last week, I was asked by an acquisitions editor at a publishing company to review a 2 page proposal for a new reference work that would be available in print and electronically.

April 4, 2014 — Bonnie Swoger

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