How to integrate Winnower, blog posts and ResearchGate?

Abstract I argue that traditional scientific publication is extremely costly and that scientific publication must move towards more rapid publication practices. I discuss how this might be accomplished by integrating blogposts, The Winnower and ResearchGate. Introduction There are a number of important dimensions that scientists consider when they choose how and where to publish their…

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Personality correlates of breadth vs. depth of research scholarship

Also posted on the Project Polymath blog. An interesting study has been published: Thomas S. Bateman, and Andrew M. Hess. Different personal propensities among scientists relate to deeper vs. broader knowledge contributions. PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print March 2, 2015, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1421286112 This is relevant to the study of polymathy, which of course involves making…

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Discrimination against females in grant applications or publication bias?

While looking for peer-review related studies, I came across a meta-analysis of gender bias in grant applications. That sounds good. Bornmann, L., Mutz, R., & Daniel, H. D. (2007). Gender differences in grant peer review: A meta-analysis. Journal of Informetrics, 1(3), 226-238. Abstract Narrative reviews of peer review research have concluded that there is negligible evidence of…

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Jeffrey Beall’s anti-open access tirade

I came across this one. On the one hand it seems written in a serious tone. On the other hand, the claims are so ridiculous that it is hard to believe it is sincere. Some quotes below. Abstract: While the open-access (OA) movement purports to be about making scholarly content open-access, its true motives are…

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How good is Google Scholar?

I found this paper:  The expansion of Google Scholar versus Web of Science: a longitudinal study – See also other interesting papers by the same author: Joost de Winter Abstract Web of Science (WoS) and Google Scholar (GS) are prominent citation services with distinct indexing mechanisms. Comprehensive knowledge about the growth patterns of these two…

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Human Accomplishment (Charles Murray)

www.goodreads.com/book/show/282085.Human_Accomplishment gen.lib.rus.ec/book/index.php?md5=735E143F5E5C9A49FD1188DA457E8287&open=0   This book was very interesting much of the time, somewhat interesting some of the time, and dumb at some time. However, the first part was much larger than the other two, so i think its a great book. The chapters where Murray speculates beyond the data are worst ones IMO.   –…

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