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.
- O’Connor et al: Reconstruction of the diapsid ancestral genome permits chromosome evolution tracing in avian and non-avian dinosaurs.
- Whitlock et al: Assemblage-level structure in Morrison Formation dinosaurs, Western Interior, USA.
- Wang et al: First bone-cracking dog coprolites provide new insight into bone consumption in Borophagus and their unique ecological niche.
- Tietje and Rödel: Evaluating the predicted extinction risk of living amphibian species with the fossil record.
- Leite and Fortier: The palate and choanae structure of the cf. Susisuchus (Crocodyliformes, Eusuchia): phylogenetic implications.
- Field et al: Early Evolution of Modern Birds Structured by Global Forest Collapse at the End-Cretaceous Mass Extinction.
Open Science News
- Nine pitfalls of research misconduct – Nature News.
- Thursby et al: Prepublication disclosure of scientific results: Norms, competition, and commercial orientation.
- Internet Archive awarded grant from Arcadia Fund to digitize university press collections.
- Feldman et al: Citation Count Analysis for Papers with Preprints.
- “We observe that papers submitted to arXiv before acceptance have, on average, 65% more citations in the following year compared to papers submitted after. We note that this finding is not causal..”
- Benjamin Kaube: Scientists should be solving problems, not struggling to access journals.
- “The time wasted trying to access them is a tax on human progress and on the development and dissemination of new scholarly knowledge. By estimating the average amount of time wasted by researchers trying to gain access to a single article, I’ve calculated that research output equivalent to around 11,500 academics is lost each year.”
- van Otegem et al: Five principles to navigate a bumpy golden road towards open access.
- Lisa Matthias: Open Science in Indonesia.
- Objections to the Creative Commons attribution licence are straw men raised by parties who want open access to be as closed as possible, warns John Wilbanks.
- After 24 years, when will academic culture finally shift? Björn Brembs telling it straight.
- Ross-Hellauer et al: Are funder Open Access platforms a good idea?
Stuff I’ve done
- Published! The evolving preprint landscape: Introductory report for the Knowledge Exchange working group on preprints.
- Gave a keynote talk at the DARIAH annual meeting in Paris about why ‘open’ science is just good science. Slides available on Figshare.
- Initiated the Peer Review Transparency project for Palaeontology. Open for contributions!