Articles for tag: Publishing

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New Open Index of Scholarly Articles Helps Researchers Connect

We have all needed scholarly articles to cite in our academic careers. Now, there is a place where researchers can get millions of them, all on one site.   Named after the Library of Alexandria, OpenAlex is an index of over 200 million scientific documents including publication sources, author information and research topics that can be ...

The Joker: Pranking the Academy

In 1996, a physicist at New York University, Alan Sokol, wrote an article that was published in Social Text. It was entitled, “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity.” It sounds innocent enough,  if rather obtuse. Except that the entire article was a joke. Relativism in academia According to Eric Kelderman of ...

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Rushing Research

best to contribute and move at warp speed,” said Madhukar Pai, a tuberculosis researcher, in Nature Medicine. He also stated, “There is a fear of missing out. And it’s turned into a feeding frenzy.”

The Science Conundrum

Exploring the Confusion Among the Masses “If you have diabetes, some research suggests that eating seven eggs a week increases heart disease risk. However, other research failed to find the same connection. Still other research suggests that eating eggs may increase the risk of developing diabetes in the first place. More research is needed to ...

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The Perils of Open Science

By Claudia Neuhauser, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Research and Technology Transfer, Professor of Mathematics, University of Houston Brian Herman, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and former Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota and University of Texas Health, San Antonio We read several newspapers every morning. Like many other people, we get notifications ...

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Citation Farms and Circles of Self-citation

Self-citation is a sensitive topic in some circles. Especially circles that are known disdainfully as “citation farms,” which consist of authors who routinely and massively self-cite or cite each other in order to boost the impact of their publications. While these “citation farms,” also known as “citation cartels,” are thought to be the hallmark of ...

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Reproducibility, Rigor and Rigmarole

Imagine a hypothetical “Dear Abby” letter to the science community: “I am the principal investigator and corresponding author on a paper detailing research findings in our lab. A leading investigator at another university contacted me and states that she cannot duplicate our results.  I re-ran the samples analyzed by my post-doc and I couldn’t either. ...

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A Quick Guide to Engaging in Public Scholarship

What is Public Scholarship? When we talk about public scholarship, we are referring to the various modes of communicating and disseminating knowledge for the public. Science-based startups and companies are eventually going to cross this river. This stream of communication that flows from the mountains of science and tech and pours into the sea of ...