Pseudo-Archaeology as opportunity part 2: some concrete examples

I’ve written before about importance of seeking public engagement with pseudo-archaeology as an opportunity rather than a threat, and of building on people’s interest in the amazing claims of pseudo-archaeologists to foster critical thinking and public education. But how does that work in practice? Here are a few concrete examples from my years of practice.…

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My mother’s further adventures with Academia.edu spam

Last week, I described my recent adventures trying to figure out why my mother, of all people, was getting frequent emails from Academia.edu, asking her to upgrade to premium. I found that she did indeed have an Academia.edu profile, but that of course, she has never created one. She was even said to have been…

The cult of overwork in academia: A confessional post

This week, Krista Mila (@microbialkryta) provides an excellent discussion of why academics need not and should not work 80 hours per week. This is important reading for all academics, especially our early career colleagues and our students. There are reasons why the 80 hour worker has become iconic in academia. I will discuss some of…

Plan S could have been written by the big commercial publishers, except for one key provision: It seeks to regulate APCs

This week, a group of 11 European funders introduced their Plan S, under which all scientific (read scholarly) publications must be in open access (OA) journals or platforms and available immediately upon publication, by 2020. There are a number of good early analyses of the plan out there, such as Peter Suber’s. The commercial publishers…