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Palaeontology and Open Science news roundup: July 6th, 2018

Welcome to your usual weekly roundup of vaguely interesting stuff that happened in the last week! Enjoy, and let me know if I’ve missed anything out. Previous week.

Palaeontology news

  • Campbell et al: New insights into chasmosaurine (Dinosauria: Ceratopsidae) skulls from the Upper Cretaceous (Campanian) of Alberta, and an update on the distribution of accessory frill fenestrae in Chasmosaurinae.
  • Philips and Fruciano: The soft explosive model of placental mammal evolution.
  • Taylor: Xenoposeidon is the earliest known rebbachisaurid dinosaur.
  • Yang et al: Fossil eggshell cuticle elucidates dinosaur nesting ecology.

Open Science News

  • Universities must read applications work to defeat the impact factor – Times Higher Education.
  • How do we rid scholarly communication of an exploitative commercial agenda that prevents openness to reach its intended goal? – OpenUP Hub.
  • Clarivate analytics releases citation distributions along with new impact factors. No more excuses? – Stephen Curry.
  • Stencila have launched their office suite for reproducible research. Nice.
  • Funder open access platforms, a welcome innovation? – LSE Impact Blog.
  • FOSTER have launched their new open science training courses!
  • Scholarly Twitter metrics – Stefanie Haustein.
  • Decisive week for European open science – ScienceGuide.

Stuff I’ve done

  • Elsevier are corrupting Open Science in Europe. My first piece for The Guardian is now out!
    • Some extra interesting discussion on Hacker News and Reddit.
    • Elsevier responded on their site, so I wrote an extended criticism of this response and the original issue.
    • And then submitted a formal complaint about them to the European Commission Ombudsman.
  • Submitted a quick application to MoZFest this year on behalf of the Open Science MOOC
  • Interviewed for the Open Science Radio about dinosaurs, paleorXiv, and the Open Science MOOC!
  • Making research evaluation processes in Europe more transparent – post for LSE Impact Blog along with Sarah Slowe, Charlie Rapple, and Gareth Cole!
  • And another article for Aeon on the future of scholarly publishing. Whew!