Monday, 22 May 2017

Link roundup - academic publishing edition


  • Neylon C, Pattinson D, Bilder G and Lin J. On the origin of nonequivalent states: How we can talk about preprints [version 1; referees: 1 approved]. F1000Research 2017, 6:608 (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.11408.1)
    • Really interesting article that proposes a model that distinguishes the characteristics of the object, its “state” (the external, objectively determinable, characteristics), from the subjective “standing” (the position, status, or reputation) granted to it by different communities. 
  • Baldwin, Melinda, "In referees we trust?", Physics Today 70, 2, 44 (2017); doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3463
    • Fascinating article about the history of academic journal peer review, and the societal pressures that have made peer review the "gold standard" of academic credibility, with some discussion of how it's creaking at the seams.
  • "Satire in Scholarly Publishing" - COPE
    • A satirical article made it into a serious review article - COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) give their judgement on the case. TL;DR - always fully read the papers you're citing!

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