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Kristen Marhaver
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I can sort coral larvae by size if you need me to.
I can sort coral larvae by size if you need me to.

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Micro-Cosmos: Coral symbionts (dinoflagellates) glowing red under our fancy new, used fluorescence microscope
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I'm glad this issue has reached the public's eye. Unsurprisingly, the #openaccess publishing revolution in academia has attracted both eager idealists and seedy opportunists...  Most worrisome is the fact that good resumes are now more difficult to tell from the purchased and padded ones.

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Coral Spawning 2012 - Super Tiny Recap
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And if you want to set some PDFs free without the TOS-violationy flavor of JSTOR Liberator...

Caveat quote from +Jonathan Eisen: "The license on the PDF may affect what people can do with them if they feel constrained to follow the law"

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Now it gets interesting. Caveat quote: "If you are scared about violating a TOS, then don't violate TOS."

#OpenAccess #PDFtribute  

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A must-read for all academics, with arguments like: "Dammit, we're scientists. Our job is to make knowledge. If we make it, then brick it up behind a wall, we're wasting our time and our funders' money – which ultimately means we're squandering the world's wealth."

Tear down the paywall!

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Geniuses, can you help ID this mystery seafoam for the Curacao newspaper? It floated ashore yesterday when the wind shifted - definitely organic, but what is it?? (Pinging +Chris Mallory for your expertise on biology and your expertise about biology experts!)
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Love this article! It's true: You Google wrong. But you can learn to Google less wrong than most...  

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In case all this Open Access Week stuff sounds what's-the-point-? to you, the G+ genius bank, here's a nice piece by the Guardian explaining what #OpenAccess publishing is all about...

Says the Guardian, "The academic publishing game has changed irrevocably."

Impressively, 17% of academic papers are now published open access. And this number will surely rise: the UK has a new policy requiring all publicly-funded research published after April 2013 to be published open access or submitted to open-access repositories.

Academic publishing may be the LAST realm of publishing to be revolutionized by the internet... but it's happening at last, and it's happening fast!

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Shameless #openaccessweek  self-promotion! This is a piece I wrote for #ScienceProgress  a while back about why ecosystem conservation depends on free and open access to scientific research. We can't hold our elected officials accountable, and we all-too-easily ignore expert warnings, when we can't get our own hands on the science or understand what it means.
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