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Trust me, I’m a scientist.

Why should people trust the published scientific record? Imagine this hypothetical, but potentially very real, conversation with a non-academic: 1: “This research paper has been published, and therefore is scientifically valid.” 2: “But it’s paywalled, I can’t access it. How do I know it’s valid?” 1: “Because it has been peer reviewed.” 2. “Can you […]

Innovations in peer review

Peer review is broken, but we hold the technological and social solutions to fix it. Right now. We just submitted a monster paper on the history and present diversity of peer review practices to F1000 Research. It’s available in advance here, and soon will be open to public commenting from anyone as it undergoes formal […]

Got Open Access?

The last iteration of this post made the assumption that ‘gold’ Open Access meant you had to pay for it. I of all people should know that this is what  us English scientists call ‘pish-posh’. It turns out that in reality, around 70% of journals indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) have […]

A comprehensive list of journal self-archiving policies for Palaeontology and PaleorXiv

“This shouldn’t take too long..” said this idiot last week. As part of the development of PaleorXiv, I’ve now built a comprehensive database of self-archiving policies for journals that publish Palaeontological research. The different columns represent different ‘stages’ of manuscript publication at which you can self-archive for free: Preprint: Version of a research paper prior to […]