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Cracking Open the Social Sciences: Leamer and Rosenthal Strike Again

Temina Madon, executive director, Center for Effective Global Action | May 13, 2015

The demand for transparency in science has never been stronger. Today’s most influential publishers, professional societies, think tanks, and funders are all calling for open and reproducible research. The U.S. government has recently set new standards for Federally funded studies– and even the private sector has begun releasing data, analyses, and software (often associated with … Continue reading »

Open access is not the problem – my take on Science’s peer review “sting”

Michael Eisen, Professor of molecular and cell biology | October 4, 2013

In 2011, after having read several really bad papers in the journal Science, I decided to explore just how slipshod their peer-review process is. I knew that their business depends on publishing “sexy” papers. So I created a manuscript that claimed something extraordinary – that I’d discovered a species of bacteria that uses arsenic in its DNA … Continue reading »

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 »

No celebrations here: Why the White House public-access policy sucks

Michael Eisen, Professor of molecular and cell biology | February 26, 2013

I am taking a lot of flak from my friends in the open access community about my sour response to the White House’s statement on public access to papers arising from federally-funded scientific research. While virtually everyone in the open access movement is calling for “celebration” of this “landmark” event, I see a huge missed … 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 »