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Door-to-door subscription scams: the dark side of The New York Times

Michael Eisen, Professor of molecular and cell biology | April 16, 2013

An article appeared on the front page of the Sunday New York Times purporting to expose a “parallel world of pseudo-academia, complete with prestigiously titled conferences and journals that sponsor them”. The story describes the experience of some unnamed scientists who accepted an email invitation to a conference, which then charged them for participating, and … Continue reading »

Open access explained

Anna Goldstein, former grad student, chemistry | April 8, 2013

The conversation about scientific publishing has exploded lately, online, in print and in person. In March, the journal Nature released a special issue called The future of publishing. Also in March, Michael Eisen (molecular and cell biology professor and HHMI investigator at UC Berkeley, and co-founder of PLoS) posted a speech he gave on the … Continue reading »

How academia betrayed and continues to betray Aaron Swartz

Michael Eisen, Professor of molecular and cell biology | January 25, 2013

As news spread last week that digital rights activist Aaron Swartz had killed himself ahead of a federal trial on charges that he illegally downloaded a large database of scholarly articles with the intent to freely disseminate its contents, thousands of academics began posting free copies of their work online, coalescing around the Twitter hashtag … Continue reading »