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Via Evolving Thoughts comes news that the Public Library of Science (PLoS) is starting a series of blogs to promote its recently announced interdisciplinary PLoS ONE journal. PLoS publishes several prestigious open access scientific journals and is now taking things a step further with a new journal that will, among other things, “empower the scientific…

To My Esteemed Critics

Here at The Scientific Activist, we welcome criticism–intelligent criticism, that is (as opposed to unintelligible dribble like this). Besides, when it comes to boosting traffic stats, any link is a good link, so I thought I should give a shout out to some of the nice folks who linked to me over the last couple…

It looks like it’s going to be a pretty busy day for me, so here’s a post from the archives. I picked this one because it’s still very timely (the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 is still in committee in the Senate) and it’s related to my recent post on open peer review.…

One of the fundamental principles of modern science, as well as other academic pursuits, is peer review. By subjecting a submitted paper to evaluation by other scientists in the authors’ field, the solid science advances at the expense of the not-so-good and the interesting and relevant prevails above the unoriginal. In theory, of course. The…