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The Map of Physics

The Scholarly Kitchen - January 13, 2017 4764

Dominic Walliman offers a visual map of the field of physics. Continue reading


University Press Books We Loved in 2016

The Scholarly Kitchen - January 12, 2017 4709

As a follow-up to the chef’s best books read during 2016, I’m happy to present a selection of our favorite university press reads of 2016 (and thanks to one of our commenters for the suggestion!). We tend to think of university presses as focused primarily on humanities and social science (dare I say esoteric?) monographs … Continue reading

The Measure of All Things: Some Notes on CiteScore

The Scholarly Kitchen - January 11, 2017 4654

Elsevier's new CiteScore service is a carefully thought-out element in the company's competitive strategy, but it reinforces the widespread error that bibliometrics can be use as proxies for the quality of a publication. Continue reading

Intellectual Craftsmanship and Scholarly Engagement — JSTOR’s Ideas for Redesigning the Digital Monograph

The Scholarly Kitchen - January 10, 2017 4599

There's not a need to re-design the scholarly monograph itself. There's a need for tools that can better facilitate a connection between author and reader. Continue reading

Restoring a 17th Century Map and the Stories It Tells Us

The Scholarly Kitchen - January 06, 2017 4422

A fragmented map found stuffed up a Scottish chimney is restored into a meaningful historical document. Continue reading


PLOS ONE Output Drops Again In 2016

The Scholarly Kitchen - January 05, 2017 4320

Output in PLOS ONE dropped by 6000+ papers in 2016, calling into question the sustainability of PLOS' business model. Continue reading

Learning Design at Pearson

George Veletsianos - December 21, 2016 4108

Last week, a reporter from EdSurge reached out to me to shed some light on what Pearson called their Learning Design Principles. The EdSurge article is here, but below is a more detailed rough draft of the points that I made to share. I am posting them here for a fuller picture of some of my thoughts.

Communicating Science: What Can We Do Better?

The Scholarly Kitchen - December 20, 2016 3444

In the wake of public questions about trust in science, Angela Cochran had a conversation with Dr. Jamie L. Vernon about the challenges of communicating science to the public and how the SciComm community could do better. Continue reading

Postdocs Promoted As Paid Reviewers

The Scholarly Kitchen - December 15, 2016 3169

Paying a living wage for reviews could provide postdocs with a temporary career alternative. But it won't come cheaply and it will likely result in an uncompetitive journal with little chance of success. Continue reading