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)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/282085.Human_Accomplishment http://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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Why Open Access is a moral imperative

i hav riten about it befor, but here is som mor i came acros. Found via: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130117/03040821712/scientist-explains-why-putting-research-behind-paywall-is-immoral.shtml For general public: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2013/jan/17/open-access-publishing-science-paywall-immoral http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=417576&c=1 http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jul/15/free-access-british-scientific-research Background material for the curious: Blog series: http://svpow.com/2009/06/01/choosing-a-journal-for-the-neck-posture-paper-why-open-access-is-important/ http://svpow.com/2011/09/29/researchers-stop-doing-free-work-for-non-open-journals/ http://svpow.com/2011/10/17/collateral-damage-of-the-non-open-reviewing-boycott/ http://svpow.com/2012/01/30/what-is-a-private-sector-research-work/ http://svpow.com/2012/03/30/my-rcuk-submission/ http://svpow.com/2012/05/17/see-this-is-why-publishers-irritate-me-so-much/ http://svpow.com/2012/05/18/publishers-versus-everyone/ http://svpow.com/2012/10/16/publish-means-make-public-paywalls-are-the-opposite-of-publishing/ Other: http://drvector.blogspot.dk/2007/02/reason-317-to-be-depressed-journal.html http://www.scottaaronson.com/writings/journal.html http://www.michaeleisen.org/blog/?p=911

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Paper: “Positive” Results Increase Down the Hierarchy of the Sciences

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0010068     The hypothesised Hierarchy of the Sciences (henceforth HoS) is reflected inmany social and organizational features of academic life. When 222 scholars rated their perception of similarity between academic disciplines, results showed a clustering along three main dimensions: a ‘‘hard/soft’’ dimension, which roughly corresponded to the HoS; a ‘‘pure/applied’’ dimension, which reflected the…

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Some random things that i read recently+thoughts

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-rt-brazil-prisonreadingl2e8hp75l-20120625,0,7694158.story This is an interesting idea. – http://news.yahoo.com/math-anxiety-school-scientists-too-190128180–abc-news-tech.html http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/06/22/1205259109 Not surprised. Surely, there is a similar aversion among filosofy students at my university to logic, since its the formal near-equivalent of math. And when i change to linguistics this fall, i expect to see a similar aversion to formal linguistics (say, generative grammar). I wonder,…

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