Aguzzi’s Public Service Open Access proposal: yes, but with an important caveat (emptor)

Adriano Aguzzi proposes in Nature that journals (and publishers) should “compete not for libraries’ or authors’ money, but for funds allocated by public research agencies”. I agree, with an important caveat. Here are my very quick first thougths. I strongly agree with Aguzzi that the shift from a subscription model to an Author Processing Charge…

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Writing your tenure package

At this time of year, Assistant Professors turn their minds to their tenure applications. Last week, apparently in the throes of the process, Chris Wolff asked whether anyone had “any advice for someone reluctant to sign their own praises”. I gave some brief replies in that thread, but I wanted to expand a bit here.…

Exploding stars didn’t cause human bipedalism

Earlier this week, a short piece by Ian Sample, Science Editor of The Guardian, caused my Twitter, Facebook, and email inbox to simultaneously blow up with concerned inquiries from friends and family about whether exploding stars really had caused human bipedalism. The story spread quickly. As of this writing, the title alone gets me 3180…

Comment on Christopher Golding’s hypothesis that the Avesta’s Vara of Yima is a description of Angkor Wat

A few weeks ago, following a post on different approaches to pseudoarchaeology, I was contacted on Twitter by Christopher Golding, who asked what approach I would recommend to fellow archaeologists for working with “members of the public who believe they might have discovered something interesting”. I replied that “we should do archaeology with them. That…

The transition to Open Access is not up to publishers, it is up to scholars, a reply to Inchcoombe

In his recent A faster path to an open future, Steven inchcoombe, Chief Publishing Officer at Spring Nature, describes the publisher’s ideas for “the fastest and most effective route to immediate open access (OA). He wants commercial publishers to become drivers of the transition to OA. Comically, we are invited to give feedback on this…