Tail effects in climate science and the pleasures of polymathy

From the interactive visualization I previously published to give foster an intuitive understanding of the concept: Tail effects are when there are large differences between groups at the extremes (tails) of distributions. This happens when the distributions differ in either the mean or the standard deviation (or both), even when these differences are quite small….

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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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Review: Faking Science (Diederik Stapel)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24298516-faking-science FakingScience-20141214 <– PDF In general, this book was a fun and quick read. It gets somewhat repetitive with his descriptions of how bad he feels for his actions and how he was mistreated by some, stalked by media etc. It is worth reading if you care about psychology as a field. Surely there are…

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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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