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.
- Hechenleitner et al: Biomechanical evidence suggests extensive eggshell thinning during incubation in the Sanagasta titanosaur dinosaurs.
- Royer et al: A Brief Note on the Presence of the Common Hamster during the Late Glacial Period in Southwestern France.
- Saitta et al: Experimental subaqueous burial of a bird carcass and compaction of plumage.
- Rashid et al: Avian tail ontogeny, pygostyle formation, and interpretation of juvenile Mesozoic specimens.
- Benton et al: The Carnian Pluvial Episode and the origin of dinosaurs.
- Jones et al: Neutron scanning reveals unexpected complexity in the enamel thickness of an herbivorous Jurassic reptile.
- Xing et al: The earliest direct evidence of frogs in wet tropical forests from Cretaceous Burmese amber.
Open Science News
- Eriksson: Offsetting; No big deal?
- A useful overview of ‘offsetting agreements’ between research funders and scholarly publishers, with a case study from Sweden. Frankly, the offsetting should be 100% of the cost with all funds reinvested into sustainable, non-profit, community owned ventures. Libraries and research funders have wasted enough money on bloating publishers already.
- The institutionalised racism of scholarly publishing – Ryan Regier.
- Powerful piece, really worth a read. Especially for those who are concerned with ‘predatory publishing’.
- Incredible work from the CORE team for becoming the world’s largest aggregator – 131 million scientific records!
- Johnson: Cultural, ideological and practical barriers to open access adoption within the UK Academy: an ethnographically framed examination.
- “While the greatest problems perceived relate to academic intellectual disengagement or indifference to publishing praxis change, no singular cause of resistance was identified. The study reveals practitioners’ perceptions of a multiplicity of operational, technological and ideological barriers blocking progress, and consequently a picture of academic engagement remaining disappointingly patchy.” A really critical read here.
- Top universities’ journal subscriptions ‘average £4 million’ – Times Higher Education.
- Lauren Maggio: Can Your Doctor See the Cancer Research Reported in the News? Can you?
- “The blocked NEJM breast cancer article was not a fluke. For our sample, over 60% of the articles were behind paywalls. This number goes up slightly, to 63% for the articles that are mentioned in 50 or more news stories.” Sigh.
- The EU is no longer going to support publishing in hybrid journals! This is huge, but must be matched by eliminating journal-based criteria from research assessments.
- Over 80% of research outputs meet requirements of REF 2021 open access policy – Research England. Whoop!
Stuff I’ve done
- Published this new editorial: Geoscience Communication – Building bridges, not walls; with Sam Illingworth, Iain Stewart and Kirsten von Elverfeldt.
- Joined the Advisory Board of Generation R, a new platform for exploring new ways to do research.
- Handled this paper as Editor, which is now open to public discussion: The measurement of knowledge transfer, by Thomas von Clarmann.
- Lots of nice updates to the new Open Science MOOC website.
Other cool stuff
- Sexual harassment is rife in the sciences, finds landmark US study – Nature News.