The Parable of the Farmers Plagued by Rats: AKA Publications in Advancing Medical Careers

There was a small island kingdom, inhabited by a peaceful race of people who prospered through the advances they had made in agriculture. One day, they were visited by a shipful of traders from a faraway and exotic country. However, unknown to them, stowed away in the holds of the ship, came a few rats. Now these rats had a free run in the island … Continue reading The Parable of the Farmers Plagued by Rats: AKA Publications in Advancing Medical Careers

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Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide: The Dark Knight Falls

From Aaron’s last blog post:

Thus Master Wayne is left without solutions. Out of options, it’s no wonder the series ends with his staged suicide.

A year younger to me, and yet, he’s achieved ore than I could imagine achieving in my whole life, and at the untimely age of 26 years, he has gone and ended it. Don’t remember who Aaron Swartz is? He brought out the Guerilla Open Access movement into the open. The Robin Hood of the Open Access revolution, he was a Dark Knight. He downloaded 4.8 million papers off JSTOR servers, and ended up getting indicted for “wire fraud, computer fraud”. First reported by The Tech, MIT, this news has trickled through the interwebs and people like me are still trying to grapple with the implications.

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Social Peer Review: The IJMI Breaks New Ground

With an innovative move to have open peer review of submissions to the IJMI on the G+ community (closed and available only to the members of the group, who are invited by the Moderator/Editor of the Group), they have broken new ground. Now open peer review is nothing new. The BMJ has, amongst many other journals, been clamoring for this to be the standard practice … Continue reading Social Peer Review: The IJMI Breaks New Ground

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PeerJ Calls for Papers: Disruptive Innovation in Open Access

I have been very excited about PeerJ ever since Peter Binfield took up the challenge of bringing down the costs of publication in an online, open access environment a few months ago. I wrote about it, expressed my skepticism at the “starting at 99$” tag, but nonetheless, was fascinated by the audacious claim of bringing lifetime publishing at just 99 bucks! I duly signed up … Continue reading PeerJ Calls for Papers: Disruptive Innovation in Open Access

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Peter Binfield Leaves PLOSONE to Found A Novel OA Journal

Peter Binfield joined PLoS ONE in March 2008, when the journal was merely a new fangled concept looked on with a lot of suspicion. Certain editors were worried that it would become the dumping ground for rejected papers because of its policy to publish all methodologically and scientifically sound papers without any concern about its implications. According to his short farewell post on the PLoS … Continue reading Peter Binfield Leaves PLOSONE to Found A Novel OA Journal

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