Though the "publish or perish" life of an academic never rests, it can't help but be infused with the rhythm of the school year. Perhaps that explains a recent surge in bloggerly analysis of the institutions and infrastructures that infuse this scientific lifestyle. From peer review to data collection, there isn't facet of this world that isn't being reconceputalized in terms of openess and transparency. Mike the Mad Biologist has some thoughts on how this might impact the Researcher-Data Producer Conflict, and you should check out this classic from Common Knowledge's John Wilbanks over at SeedMagzine, on why the existing publishing system crowds out younger researchers. And with a high profile case of the system breaking down in the national press, there's no better time to go back to the drawing board.
Mike the mad biologistAugust 26, 2010
"Last week, I wrote about the problems facing genomics and the concept of ownership of data. While I am sympathetic to researchers' career needs under the current system, I don't think we can, in good conscience, let that get in the way of rapid data release, especially in applied areas."
science is cultureAugust 29, 2010
"'Now some humanities scholars have begun to challenge the monopoly that peer review has on admission to career-making journals and, as a consequence, to the charmed circle of tenured academe. They argue that in an era of digital media there is a better way to assess the quality of work.'"
Seed MagazineAugust 30, 2010
"When it comes to scientific publishing and fame, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. How can we break this feedback loop?"