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Animal sex is horrifying. View "What If Humans Had Sex like the Rest of the Animal Kingdom?" and more funny posts on CollegeHumor
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In a new paper just out in Neuron, researchers Timothy Laumann and colleagues present an in-depth look at a single human brain. The brain in question belongs to neuroscientist Russ Poldrack, and he’s one of the authors of the paper. Poldrack was fMRI scanned a total of 84 times over a period of 532 days. …
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I read some sad news on Twitter recently. The Ecological Society of America has decided to publish its journals with Wiley: Whilst I think the decision to move away from their old, unloved publishi...
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In recent decades, the reproducibility of a shocking number of scientific studies has been called into question. What we’re going to do about the reproducibility ‘crisis’ is a question for everyone involved in research. Today, in an effort to address this BioMed Central is launching the pilot of a new Minimum Standards of Reporting Checklist.
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The letter was signed by 600 people and sent Tuesday to the publisher of Science and to BuzzFeed News. It denounces the elite publisher for sexist columns, an offensive cover photo about trans peop...
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As member of the Latin American scholarly community, reading the recent blogpost “Is SciELO a publication favela?” I found it offensive for one of the regions of the world where open access is more advanced, and managed by the scholarly community.

Is it that journals from Latin America, which unlike Europe and North America have not been outsourced to commercial publishers, have significantly improved their quality with the help of Latindex, SciELO, Redalyc, the national collections of quality journals and the journal collections in digital repositories, and now those journals are attracting the attention of major international commercial publishers interested in offering their services to journals and governments in the region as we observe in several countries in Latin America?  Does it have relation to the interest of promoting  a new big business of "pay to publish" in a region that has no tradition of APC´s?  Is this moving so fast before governments realize that the scholarly community could go on managing open access scholarly communications without commercial intermediaries, based on networks of open access digital repositories that incorporate peer review, indicators for evaluation and other services needed for open science, open education and open access?.

In any case, the kind of message the blogpost transmits paves the way for a gold rush for uninformed readers.  A blogpost full of prejudice and lack of knowledge and understanding about the region (eg .: not mentioned the impressive use of both services criticized in the blog, or only US users are of interest?; no reference is made to the impact of these services beyond academics (Alperin, 2015). Comments like the mentioned blogpost do not add to think a sustainable global system of open access scholarly communication that  could contribute to a global conversation of science that is inclusive of different research agendas, realities, voices, and geographies.

The contents of SciELO, Redalyc and digital repositories from Latin America are broadly visible and accessible, not “largely hidden” as the author mentions.  Unlike international subscription journals, visible only to those who can pay. Or we only consider visible what is indexed by WoS and Scopus, managed by the companies Thomson Reuters and Elsevier, which only index a small fraction of quality journals from Latin America indexed by Latindex ?.

Great tweet from Joan Velterop (Netherlands), connoisseur of commercial publishers, in relation to the abovementioned blogpost

@Jⓐn VelteropVillavelius July 31

Who's paying this guy? Calling commercial publishers "nice neighborhoods" and SciELO "publication favela". http://scholarlyoa.com/2015/07/30/is-scielo-a-publication-favela/
 
I close this message by thanking again colleagues from the North who, unlike the author of the abovementioned blogpost, do strive to understand  Latin America, evaluate its contribution to non-commercial open access and imagine together with developing regions possible futures for open access scholarly communications: Jean-Claude Guédon, Leslie Chan, John Willinsky, Kathleen Shearer, Eloy Rodrigues, Heather Joseph, Richard Poynder, Reme Melero, Bjorn Brembs, Barbara Kirsop, Iryna Kuchma, among others (I do not include Juan Pablo Alperin and Gustavo Fischman because they live now in Canada and the United States but are from Argentina !!!)
 
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July 31, 2015
Scholarly open-access publishing has little value when it's effectively hidden and almost no one reads the published research. It's possible for a scholarly article to be open-access but largely hi...
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Scientists on social media debate a call to require PhD students to replicate research before they can graduate.
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For many insects, cleanliness means survival. Dirty antennas don’t pick up scents, and that’s how ants, in particular, navigate and communicate.
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Major flaws in two massive trials of deworming pills show the importance of sharing data — which most scientists don't do.
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