“Stuart Ritchie is a Lecturer in the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s College London. His new book, Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth, explains the ideas in this comic, by Zach Weinersmith, in more detail, telling shocking stories of scientific error and misconduct. It also proposes an abundance of ideas for how to rescue science from its current malaise….”
“There was much excitement in Brussels this week with the publication of ‘Plan S’, the European Commission’s plan to make all scholarly publications resulting from public research funding open access from 1 January 2020.
But the big question is: what happened to Plans A-R? Robert-Jan Smits, Senior Advisor on Open Access within the European Political Strategy Centre, spoke exclusively to Fundermentals.
‘It was a long and difficult process,’ suggests, Smits, ‘and it took us many months and an awful lot of coffee.’
Smits set out the process that they had been through to reach Plan S, and the 18 previous plans that got them there.
Plan A: we began optimistically, and suggested that everything should be free. What we were suggesting was, if you will, a research ‘summer of love’. Nothing would be paid for. We’d live in open access communes, sharing everything. No hell below us, above us only sky. That sort of thing.
Plan B: …”
“We did it! The first honest Baloney Journal has been founded! It is available at kaese-journal.ch, the German equivalent of Baloney Journal. Submission is open now for the first issue, for anything already the author considers Baloney.
Have you ever wondered how your colleagues were able to submit their latest baloney in amazingly-sounding journals? And how little information was in there? Now, you can do this, too!
The Baloney Journal is here to help. It is the first free Open Access journal committed to publishing every piece of baloney! …”
“Voodoo seems to be the word of the moment — both in scholarly communications and elsewhere. And it elicits strong opinions, both positive and negative, even though many of us aren’t completely sure what it is! Is it really going to transform scholarly communications, or is it just another flash in the pan?…”
“I propose the Romesburg Number, which measures your collaboration distance from H. Charles Romesburg [who recently published “How publishing in open access journals threatens science and what we can do about it”]. The higher your number, the further removed you are from Romesburg. I don’t have all the data but I hopeful my Romesburg number is 12 or higher….”
“Kent Anderson, the newly appointed Publisher of AAAS (see http://www.aaas.org/news/aaas-names-new-science-publisher) has announced his first action as Publisher – a partnership between AAAS and Snapchat (https://www.snapchat.com).
Anderson followed this with “This kind of thing I had always hoped to do in my role as president of the Society for Scholarly Publishing but the technology was just not available. Snapchat has developed the perfect platform for the future of AAAS and scholarly publishing in general with its ability to allow readers a glimpse of a scientific article but not allow them to keep it or reread it or redisplay it.”…”