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about 11 hours ago

Hype Machine ahora Gratis. Una EXCELENTE herramienta para descubrir música - arturogoga

about 17 hours ago

Del amigo Antonio Vantaggiato: "Zuck and FB are the new Web, and lest we don’t preserve it, the Web will be...

about 17 hours ago

"Perhaps the simplest answer is that in academia promotion and tenure are still tightly linked with publishing in top-tier journals, which are largely well-established commercial venues. A young professor just starting out in their academic career who chooses to publish exclusively in open access venues will find it difficult in most disciplines to match the impact factors and prestige of the commercial journals of their field. The high cost of paying to publish each article will also necessitate allocating precious research funds to publication fees rather than graduate student salaries or purchasing equipment, placing the researcher at a competitive disadvantage with their peers."

  • Academic papers, the lifeblood of the scholarly world of academia, have resisted this transition. To those outside academia it might be surprising that most universities don’t publish all of their books, papers, presentations and course materials on their websites for the world to access. Even at public universities, where the salaries of faculty and staff and the operating costs of the institution are often heavily subsidized by taxpayer money, either directly by their states or indirectly through grants from NSF, NIH and other federal agencies, the majority of the research output of the institution is not publicly accessible.
  • Instead, much of the world’s scholarly knowledge is owned and controlled by commercial enterprises that operate the journals that academic researchers publish in. Many journals even require researchers to sign a legal agreement transferring the copyright of their paper to the journal and prohibiting the researcher from sharing the paper with others or reposting on their own personal website (though a growing number of journals are permitting so-called “preprint” reposting on personal websites after a particular embargo period).


  • One of the most fascinating findings is that its download traffic comes not exclusively from the developing world for which journal subscriptions are often claimed to be inaccessible, but also extensively from major Western universities which likely have legal subscriptions to the journals already. One of the reasons for this, the article claims, is the cumbersome and difficult-to-use web portals that university libraries provide to their holdings, making it incredibly difficult to locate a paper even if the university has a legal subscription to the journal. Having spent more than a decade and a half in academia at multiple institutions from public to private, I can personally attest to just how difficult it can be to navigate library portal systems to locate a particular paper.

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about 18 hours ago

"Perhaps the simplest answer is that in academia promotion and tenure are still tightly linked with publishing in...

May 04, 16

Let's do this again! #devrel
– Ricardo ⍟ Alcocer (ricardoalcocer)

May 04, 16

A quest for happiness

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