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Welcome to paleorXiv!

This week, I am very excited to announce the launch of paleorXiv! On the first day, we published 16 manuscripts alone, which is a great success by any measure! What does this mean? PaleorXiv provides a non-profit platform for paleontologists to freely upload their working papers, pre-prints, accepted manuscripts (post-prints), and published papers. We also […]

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 […]