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(@rmalina)

Academic Commons Solution Stories

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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(@peplluis)

The Academy is Broken Stories

Peer review suffers because of the growth of science

There is serious concern about how the growth of science should continue: more and more people are joining the scientific community as professional researchers. The act of counting scientists is not straightforward, since potentially everyone is a scientist in some way: we all ask questions and answer them by carefully examining data and coming up with conclusions. Trained scientists with university degrees number in... more »

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(@rmalina)

Academic Commons Solution Stories

how do we re invent the very concept of a professional society

when the first scientific academies were created, coming out of guild and medieval societies, there was a real sense of 'professional amateurs' ( levy leblond calls that 'amatorat' in his writing). and that people would cluster socially and then create shared resources todays attempts like academia.edu and research gate it seems to me are failing coupled to this is the problem that we havent developed yet how to create... more »

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(@tnarock)

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 »

(@brucecaron)

The Academy is Broken Stories

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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(@brucecaron)

Academic Commons Solution Stories

Academy commons have no intrinsic hierarchies, rankings, or reward systems

Academy commons’ emphasis on equity, openness, sustainability, and research­ and culture driven structures means that they cannot have any intrinsic hierarchies or rankings. All participants and all research objects that conform to the principles of an academy commons are equally appropriate and available for dissemination and reuse. Attribution systems and formats are driven by the demands of transparency and the intrinsic... more »

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(@davidbollier)

Academic Commons Solution Stories

Think Global, Print Local: A New Publishing Model

When some Spaniards decided they wanted to translate one of my books into Spanish and give it broad distribution, including in Latin America, we came up with a new publishing model that may have some instructive elements for future academic book publishing. As described on my blog, Bollier.org (at http://www.bollier.org/blog/think-global-print-local-new-commons-based-publishing-model and http://www.bollier.org/blog/spanish-translation-%E2%80%9Cthink-commoner%E2%80%9D-now-published),... more »

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(@jamesfrew)

The Academy is Broken Stories

Are all these papers just bricks in a wall?

There is considerable agreement that an emphasis on quantity of publication is distorting the production and dissemination of scholarship. We should also consider the extent to which such incentives act as actual barriers to the acquisition of knowledge. In my own work, I find it increasingly difficult to wrap my head around a new problem by consulting a few seminal papers; rather, I have to spend ever-increasing effort... more »

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(@brucecaron)

Academic Commons Solution Stories

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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(@tnarock)

Earth Science Preprints - Ideas and Action Items

Technical Infrastructure

ESIP does not intend to host the physical infrastructure of Earth science preprints. Rather, we'd like to work with our community partners to leverage free and open-source software/infrastructure. With the growing interest in preprints several options have emerged: http://wiki.esipfed.org/index.php/Pre_Print_Services We are currently leaning toward the Center for Open Science's system coupled with the PLOS QA system.... more »

(@tnarock)

Earth Science Preprints - Ideas and Action Items

Roadmap and Action Items

Having objectives and milestones will help focus discussions and move the entire process forward. What are these milestones? What is a reasonable timeframe? Here are a couple of suggestions. 1.) Gather commitments from other societies (e.g. AGU, EGU, GSA, Geoscience World) to join with the ESIP Preprint Cluster as an initial advisory board (deadline: October) 2.) Generate by-laws and initial set of tasks for advisory... more »

(@davidbollier)

Academic Commons Solution Stories

Taking Account of Collaborative Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure Decisions

The problem of evaluating an individual’s scholarly performance is akin to asking, How do you assign credit to jokes? It sounds like a frivolous question, but in fact the analogy holds. A landmark 1981 article on the public domain by Professor David Lange explored this very issue as it pertained to vaudeville humorists. Groucho Marx once explained that the use of material from other comedy acts, was entirely routine,... more »

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