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November 29, 2014

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11:35 PM | Open Access journal article processing charges
Article Processing Charges (APC) of Gold Open Access journals are very often deeply hidden in journal websites. Sometimes they aren’t even stated on the journal website, eg. “For inquiries relating to the publication fee of articles, please contact the editorial office“. The lack of good overviews hinders research into APCs between different publishers and journals. […] The post Open Access journal article processing charges appeared first on WoW! Wouter on the Web.

November 27, 2014

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4:59 PM | Prendere decisioni logiche è complicato se il rischio è in agguato
Alcuni scienziati americani hanno unito le forze con dei ricercatori francesi per studiare in che modo le persone prendono le decisioni e quanto queste siano condizionate da certi fattori. Lo studio, pubblicato sulla rivista Psychological Science, parte dal fatto che…Read more →
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1:22 PM | Best Science Books 2014: Amazon.ca Editors’ Best Books
As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I’ve done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. And here we are in 2014! As in previous years,…

November 26, 2014

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10:14 PM | Best Science Books 2014: Amazon.com Top 100 Editors Picks
As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I’ve done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. And here we are in 2014! As in previous years,…
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8:15 PM | Is this peer reviewed? Predatory journals and the transparency of peer review.
A few days ago, we learned that another spoof paper (PDF) had been accepted to an ostensibly peer reviewed journal. The paper was a simple repetition of the words “Get me off your f***ing mailing... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:37 PM | Continuing value and viability of specialized research databases
There was an interesting thread yesterday on the PAMnet listserv regarding "core" databases in Mathematics and which could be cut to save money. One response was that it's better to search full text anyway (I couldn't disagree more). Ben Wagner expressed concern that Google Scholar was going to drive all of the databases out of […]
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1:01 AM | Best Science Books 2014: Globe and Mail 100
As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I’ve done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. And here we are in 2014! As in previous years,…

November 23, 2014

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11:22 PM | The invisible web is still there, and it is probably larger than ever
Book review: Devine, J., & Egger-Sider, F. (2014). Going beyond Google again : strategies for using and teaching the Invisible Web. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association. ISBN 9781555708986, 180p. The invisible web, as we know it, dates back to at least 2001. In that year both Sherman & Price (2001) as […] The post The invisible web is still there, and it is probably larger than ever appeared first on WoW! Wouter on the Web.

November 21, 2014

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3:52 PM | Why Not Us?
A couple of weeks ago, Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, issued a gracious and thoughtful statement on the announcement of Donald Lindberg’s retirement as Director of the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Lindberg has held this post for more than 30 years and as any and everyone knows, the past 30 […]

November 20, 2014

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2:13 PM | New England Science Boot Camp is heading Downeast!
The upcoming 2015 New England Science Boot Camp will be held June 17-19 on the beautiful campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.  Plans for session topics and activities are currently underway and will be announced in the next few …read more
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1:09 PM | Around the ScholComm Web: Science Journals Have Passed Their Expiration Date, A Decade of Google Scholar and more
Science Journals Have Passed Their Expiration Date — It’s Time for the Publishing Platform An interview with Anurag Acharya, Google Scholar lead engineer (2006) Google Scholar pioneer on search engine’s future Google Scholar Is Doing Just Fine, Says Google What if Google killed Scholar? Making the world’s problem solvers 10% more efficient: Ten years after…
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