Academic Commons Solution Stories

Better than Tenure: new thoughts on the bargain between universities and their faculty

What is better than tenure? Here are the beginnings of potential guidelines, a strawman to build from. What's YOUR solution?:

1) A university-wide pay scale for teaching courses that allows for incremental adjustments for years served, and bonuses for class size and results (how do we want to measure results?). No second-class citizens in this system. Everyone who steps up to teach has the rank of professor. The full-time... more »

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art-sci lab

i took up a position of the university of texas,dallas- en endowed chair- i am an astrophysicist and am a full profesor in physics, but also in the new school of art.technology of emerging communication- we set up the art-sci lab-we work on projects which cannot be done unless artists, designers work with scientists or engineers. I have students in the lab from multiple departments ( psychology, business, science, art... more »

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Inefficient Processes

* The scholarly communication system is highly inefficient and exceedingly ex-pensive, albeit the emergence of electronic publishing, which greatly reduced printing and postal delivery costs, among others.

* The possibilities of digital technologies are currently not fully exploited in scholarly communication. Despite the ever-growing tool and infrastructure landscape, traditional scholarly communication methods tend... more »

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Lack of reproducibility and transparency

* The majority of research results cannot be reproduced due to lack of underlying data, process instructions and context information.

* Adequate contextual information is often missing, making it difficult to determine whether a piece of research is credible and can be built upon.

* Evaluation by peer review has a mighty filtering function but is often untransparent and potentially biased.

* There has been a rise in... more »

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Technical and legal barriers

* Research products (data, materials, source code, etc.) often cannot be reused due to technical and legal restrictions (e.g. copyright).

* Overly restrictive copyright transfer agreements impede knowledge circulation, and contribute to an oligopoly of publishers and information service providers.

Deficits of the Current Scholarly Communication System:
FROM:
Kraker, P., Dörler, D., Ferus, A., Gutounig, R., Heigl, F.,... more »

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Incentives in need of improvement

* The quantity of research output is often valued over its quality. Scholars are incentivised to publish research results in small pieces, which boosts the overall costs of academic publishing while impeding new, original research.

* Scholarly communication is constrained by current reward structures largely favouring publication of research results in renowned academic publishing venues.

* Peer review is not adequately... more »

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What research communication means in developing countries

I recently wrote a 2-part series of blog posts titled 'Miles to go for scholarly commons to become a global academic norm':

http://blog.inasp.info/miles-scholarly-commons-global-academic-norm-2/
http://blog.inasp.info/miles-scholarly-commons-global-academic-norm/

An excerpt:

'It is not enough to encourage researchers in the Tripuras and Thai Nguyens of the world today to share their research data and outputs in the... more »

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Double-loop learning as the logic for academy groups

The concepts of double-loop governance and double-loop learning (Argyris and Shön, 1978) share a common ground in the communicative acts required to support these. Double-loop governance puts into practice what Argyris calls a Model II style of theories-in-use. A Model I “theory-in-use” for Argyris (1982, 8) represents the set of assumptions that a person puts into everyday practice without reflection. A Model I theory-in-use... more »

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Doable pathways to the Scholarly Commons (from Force11)

Build (with running funds or funders) a domain-general, minimal viable prototype for the Scholarly Commons.
Standards
Persistent IDs (e.g. ORCID, Wikidata)
open workflow components with functionality like GDocs, Dropbox, Github, dat (semantic), Open Science Framework
legal Sci-Hub (LOCKSS, DOAI, ILL etc.)
Hackathons/Codeathons
Validation (OPRM, Unit test, checksum)
Preservation (torrent)
Outreach all along the research... more »

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Tuition as funding is wrong for public higher ed.

Higher Education funding in England: past, present and options for the future

https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/9334

Key findings (order edited)

Cutting fees while protecting university funding would increase the deficit and the long-run taxpayer contribution, but would also increase flexibility.  
Large fee cuts would reverse recent changes and increase both deficit spending and the long-run taxpayer contribution... more »

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Earth Science Preprints - Ideas and Action Items

A Preprint System Should...

There are a number of publication options currently available in the Earth sciences. To be truly successful a new preprint system needs to add value. The following ideas have emerged from ESIP Preprint Cluster discussions. What is missing?

An Earth Science preprint system needs to:

1.) Accept null result papers that are not currently being accepted elsewhere
2.) Capture less formal types of publications - e.g. best... more »

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What does governance look like?

You could do your own pre-print service. Any society can. But we need to think bigger. What we really need to do is build the social side. By combining our efforts into a common pre-print service we can grow this more quickly and realize its potential that much sooner for all Earth scientists. And we can do so with a nimble governance team where each society's interests are valued.

But, what does that governance team... more »

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Preprints not just for "sexy science"... but real science. Null results, confirmation studies, data, methods.

One of the ways a preprint service can help disrupt and refactor academic publishing is by including research results that are important to science but which are left under the bus by current publishers: null results, confirmation studies, data, methods. It's not a new idea... but even the publishers who claim to want to do this somehow... DONT actually do so.

What types of science information should be included in... more »

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Journal Impact Factors (From PLOS Blog)

http://blogs.plos.org/plos/2017/06/impact-factor-genie-back-in-the-box/
QUOTE:
"Unintended Consequences

The real question for Schmid is how to get the “impact factor genie” as she calls it, “back in the box.” Why is this so important? Scientists and publishers often focus on the limitations of JIFs and the benefits of evaluating work at the article rather than journal level. However, there are more than just limitations... more »

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