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A few months ago, I wrote about the problems with academic publishing: These days, there’s an entire industry of academic publishers that have become so fully integrated into the research system that many scientists don’t realize that there’s any distinction between doing science and publishing in journals. However, these journals cost an enormous amount of…

Reflections on the past

I got this e-mail from the president of my school yesterday: Dear Members of the Harvard Community: Starting this October, Harvard will celebrate its 375th birthday. Such milestones encourage us to reflect on our institution’s remarkable past–to remember that all we aspire to today finds inspiration in the creativity and commitment of those who have…