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Back in 2013, I wondered if we would ever discover the neural basis of spontaneous thoughts. Why, I asked, do certain ideas just “pop” into our minds at particular times? Now a new paper published in Neuroimage, Canadian neuroscientists Melissa Ellamil and colleagues examines this issue. Ellamil et al. recruited a group of 18 volunteers, …
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Sci-Hub succeeds where publishers fail (open and closed)
Sci-Hub use in The Netherlands is not limited to the academic research cities. Harlingen is a small harbor town where at best a doctor lives and one or two students who visit parents in the weekend. The nature of the  top downloaded paper suggests  it is no...
Sci-Hub use in The Netherlands is not limited to the academic research cities. Harlingen is a small harbor town where at best a doctor lives and one or two students who visit parents in the weekend. The nature of the top down...
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Alexandra Elbakyan founded Sci-Hub to thwart journal paywalls
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+Björn Brembs Fuck that. Nominate her for the Nobel.

(What category? Economics? Peace? She's arguably making a demonstration in the first. Second is vague on the "doing social justice stuff" front, but might fit. There've definitely been worse.)
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Die sogenannte Exzellenzinitiative, mit der Bund und Länder deutsche „Spitzenforschung“ fördern wollen, ist auf dem besten Weg, unser Hochschulsystem auf problematische Weise umzugestalten. Seit 2005 wurden die Universitäten in bisher zwei Runden aufgefordert, sich mit Forschungs- und Strukturplänen um beträchtliche Mittel zu bewerben; nun sollen die Wettbewerbe im Sieben-Jahres-Rhythmus verstetigt werden. Zu vergeben sind 533 Millionen Euro pro ...
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Coincidentally, these data also show why the drive for OA, preprints, etc. all fail to accomplish much: they all don't get researchers what they want. Marcia McNuts editorial essentially asking researchers to act against their own self-interest will be about as effective as asking them to publish OA, preprints, whatever.
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Is it “worth risking the viability of a system that supports the quality and integrity of science”? Hell yes!
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An exclusive look at data from the controversial web site Sci-Hub reveals that the whole world, both poor and rich, is reading pirated research papers.
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Calculating the costs of a community-driven publisher
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Austrian Science Fund (FWF) Publication Cost Data 2015
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Austrian Science Fund (FWF) Publication Cost Data 2015

New study challenges scientific dogma on how the brain generates actions
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The skills we all need to move past "anti-science" and "us"
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If you didn't believe a prevailing scientific position, you used to be part of a small fringe. To get information on your side, you would hu

FOCUS | Noam Chomsky: 'The US Is One of the Most Fundamentalist Countrie...
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Srinivasan writes: There are not too many countries in the world where two-thirds of the population awaits The Second Coming, Chomsky said,

The craziest recommendation form I have ever completed
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As a professor, you write recommendations for student regularly. One came in this morning, so I started filling it out. First questions were

ORCID goes national in Germany
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At ScienceOpen, there’s nothing more we like than good news for open science! That’s why we’re happy this week to see ORCID announcing a new

Paperpile - Google Docs add-on
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Add citations and bibliographies to your research paper. Simple, correct, fast and fully collaborative.

Open Access isn't easy - let's talk about that
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A li'l bit of mountain magic from the last few weeks Greetings, blog readers! Somehow nearly 3 months have passed and here we are – the flow

Thoughts on Sci-Hub
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So Sci-Hub has been hitting the mainstream news recently, and for very good reason. In short, it’s a website that uses university logins to

Why Sci-Hub is the true solution for Open Access: reply to criticism
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This article is to reply to some points made by publishers as well as some librarians who don’t like what Sci-Hub is doing to their job now.

The Unbearable Asymmetry of Bullshit
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Science and medicine have done a lot for the world. Diseases have been eradicated, rockets have been sent to the moon, and convincing, causa

I have a brand new perspective on my class this term!
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Evolution, development, and random biological ejaculations from a godless liberal