Archives for June, 2012

Around the Web: PeerJ-orama

PeerJ Press Release Scholarly Publishing 2012: Meet PeerJ New Publishing Venture Gives Researchers Control Over Access PeerJ launches open access into a new realm An interview with the founders of PeerJ, an innovative new academic publishing startup. PeerJ launches & More PeerJ musings New OA Journal, Backed by O’Reilly, May Disrupt Academic Publishing Pay (less)…

Welcome to the most recent installment in my very occasional series of interviews with people in the publishing/science blogging/computing communities. The latest is with Peter Binfield and Jason Hoyt of PeerJ. PeerJ is a new startup in the scientific publishing industry, using a rather unique business model whereby authors will be able to pay one…

I’m not one for posting publisher press releases on this blog (and embargoed ones at that!) but sometimes you just have to try something a little different. And this is such an occasion. Below is the press release for a new science publishing startup called PeerJ. It is founded by Peter Binfield, formerly of Public…

John MacCormick’s new book, Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future: The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today’s Computers, is very good. You should buy it and read it. Among all the debates about whether or not absolutely everybody must without question learn to program (pro, con), it’s perhaps a good idea to pause and take a…

Academic Librarians As Campus Hubs Intellectual Freedom and the Library as a Workplace MLA Shift on Copyright Book Beat 2012 (on university presses at BEA) Commencement Address to Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (Laurence Lessig on political corruption) How to Fail When Using Internal Social Media The Curious Case of Internet Privacy (by Cory Doctorow)…

This past week one of the true giants of fantastic literature died: Ray Bradbury. I like what Gregory Benford had to say on the Tor.com blog: Nostalgia is eternal for Americans. We are often displaced from our origins and carry anxious memories of that lost past. We fear losing our bearings. By writing of futures…

Real cost of the smartphone revolution The rise of libre open access 25,000 signatures and still rolling: Implications of the White House petition Technology Review Goes Digital First Journalism: The best of times, and the worst of times Publishers’ Fallback Position (GSU decision) What Does It Take to Evaluate Teaching? 2012 top ten trends in…

Apologies to my loyal readers for the rather inside-baseball library and Canadian politics focus of my recent posts, but that unfortunately is where I’m at right now. It will probably continue for a least a little bit. Onward. The Canadian Library Association held its annual conference in Ottawa last week and one of the highlights…

Open access will bankrupt us, publishers’ report claims What data can and cannot do I Point To TED Talks and I Point to Kim Kardashian. That Is All. Why Library and eBooks Issues Matter Sports Subsidies and Library Spending Improving Research Skills RUK: The Maturing Threat of Open Access Letter from Books of Wonder to…

It’s unseemly to revel in the misfortunes of others. Words to live by, ones I usually take very seriously. Of course, all bets are off for my Friday Fun posts, so let’s revel a bit in the misfortunes of Facebook and the man seated at the throne in King’s Landing. As its share value continued…

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