Category Archives: Publishing

The Closing of Microbial Genomics Data?

This post will have to be a little vague, but from my vantage point, I’m seeing two disturbing trends in terms of microbial genomics. For those who aren’t the cognoscenti, the weird thing about open access data arguments for anyone … Continue reading

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All of Open Access Publishing’s Gall Can Be Divided Into Three Parts

There has been a recent spate of discussion about open access publishing, much of which seems to ignore a key element, money. For publishing in general, there are three models*: 1) authors pay the costs of publishing, open access or … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Open Access

Vaughn Cooper makes an excellent point about open access (boldface mine): The paradox is therefore that the students at an institution that can most benefit from OA, and complain about lack of access, don’t appear to want to publish in … Continue reading

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Plagarism and Open Science

While I’m on the fence regarding the calls for open data* (most recently by PLoSOne), this point by DrugMonkey is something that’s always bothered me (boldface mine): The second incident has to do with accusations of self-plagiarism based on the … Continue reading

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One More Reason to Despise Supplemental Methods Sections

I’ve mentioned before how much I hate supplemental methods–where key parts of the methods are relegated to a secondary ‘paper’*. Because it’s not like we don’t have enough issues with reproducibility. But here’s one more reason (boldface mine): I have … Continue reading

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Maybe We Should Give Up on Peer Review and Just Dump Everything in ArXiv

I kid, but consider this abstract, “Peer-review practices of psychological journals: The fate of published articles, submitted again”, that came trundling across the transom (boldface mine): A growing interest in and concern about the adequacy and fairness of modern peer-review … Continue reading

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Scientific Writing Is Really Boring

And that’s a problem. No, I’m not talking about science journalism, but actual science papers. I’ve been slowly (very slowly) working my way through the Dreaded Stack–the papers that you printed out in the vain hope that you’ll get around … Continue reading

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