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Teaching Scientists in Developing Countries to Write

Ben Barber | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Ben Barber

Kenyan scientist Faridah Hussein Were found it tough to publish her research in top journals until she took a new course designed by AuthorAID and Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth that taught her how to write for international journals.

Journals Accept Paper By Maggie Simpson, Edna Krabappel

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 12.16.2014 | Science

Maggie Simpson is known more for her red pacifier than her gray matter. But somehow the youngest member of the fictional "Simpsons" clan had the brain...

Measuring the Impact of Scientific Articles

A. Townsend Peterson | Posted 07.19.2014 | Science
A. Townsend Peterson

Not all papers published in a particular journal, whatever its impact factor may be, will have the same impact: Good papers can come from trivial journals, and good journals can publish inconsequential papers. So how should academic production be evaluated as regards its importance and real "impact" on science?

Closing Access to Scientific Literature: The Battle Begins

A. Townsend Peterson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Science
A. Townsend Peterson

Science is not a commercial thing. Science is a communal, cooperative enterprise in which information, knowledge, data, and ideas are shared openly and broadly. Any entity that puts commercial interests ahead of this shared enterprise, such as Elsevier, needs to get its priorities straight.

The Good and the Bad of Open Access Journals

A. Townsend Peterson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
A. Townsend Peterson

Open access journals likely represent an important element in the future of academic publishing, so we should do our best to protect them and nurture them, while discouraging the predatory and shoddy editorial practices on the part of some.

Two Heads are Better than One: The Importance of Collaboration in Research

Dr. Jennifer Lamberts | Posted 10.23.2013 | Science
Dr. Jennifer Lamberts

As scientists, we are all working toward the same end goal: to cure human disease. With such a lofty goal ahead of us, there is no time for researchers to stand alone as islands.

Running the Business of Science

Olivier Dumon | Posted 06.26.2013 | Science
Olivier Dumon

Just like any other business, the way science gets done has undergone a rapid transformation in the past 30 years, especially in the context of the Internet revolution.

50 Shades of Grey in Scientific Publication: How Digital Publishing Is Harming Science

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 01.19.2013 | Science
Dr. Douglas Fields

Most people are aware of the devastation of print journalism by the rise of digital media, but most people are oblivious to the consequences the same upheaval is having on scientific publication. There is no science without scholarly publication, and scholarly publication as we know it is dying.

Science Words: Keeping Up

Cheryl B. Frech | Posted 09.29.2012 | Science
Cheryl B. Frech

How do scientists learn about science and keep up with advancements in their discipline? One way is the scientific literature. Once upon a time (cue: eye roll), scientists, from students to lab directors, either went to the library or had personal subscriptions to scientific journals.

From Information to knowledge: Also in Science

Javier Garcia-Martinez | Posted 05.19.2012 | Science
Javier Garcia-Martinez

There was a time when access to information was the main obstacle to knowledge. The books were kept among those few who could read them and spent most of their time copying old manuscripts instead of creating new original knowledge. Today the problem is just the opposite.