Author: Heather Piwowar

My champions of Open Science

We have a huge and valuable opportunity to honor hard work and dedication in our community:  the White House is calling for nominations for “Open Science” Champions of Change. Awards matter.  They feel good, they help people get taken seriously, and they make it easier to get funding.  Let’s run with this opportunity! Nominations must be […]

OA options for a society journal

Does your society want to embrace Open Access but not know where to start?  Maybe this will help. I was invited to be part of an OA Exploration Taskforce last fall: AMIA is/was considering OA for its society journal JAMIA and deciding what it wanted to do, if anything.  As the person on the taskforce most […]

resources to argue for strong funder data archiving policies

I was recently asked for a quick list of resources to make the case that government funders should have strong data archiving policies. Here’s my quick response.  Since I’m certainly missing things, and the list is likely to be dated quickly, please add more links in the comments! The main arguments I’d made are in […]

Why may Google textmine but Scientists may not?

I recently posted about why Google is not a good enough solution for searching the academic literature (because can’t build on the results! and read the comments on that post for more). It is sad indeed, then, that PMC and Publishers forbid scientists and others from spidering/indexing/mining their content…. while giving Google privilege to do exactly […]

Why Google isn’t good enough for academic search

People often ask: why all the fuss about Search for academic papers?  Google does a fine job, we can find everything we need, what’s the problem? I gave an answer to this in a comment on Mike Taylor’s blog and it got a bit of twitter pickup, so reposting my comment here for this audience. […]

Do your review instructions ask if data+software are available?

It looks like PLOS Biology doesn’t ask reviewers to help uphold their data availability policies…. and I’m sure they aren’t the only journal missing this step. I just send this email to PLOS Biology.  When you review a paper, check the material you are sent to see if you are asked to assess appropriate availability […]

ResearchFish: CVs with alternative products

I received an email today and have been given permission to post it here to help spread the word.   See below (emphasis is mine). Looks like ResearchFish is useful for funders and universities, and free for researchers to generate CVs that include alternative products.  Cool!  I do think the generated CV line items need some ImpactStory […]

Process behind a Nature Comment

Publishing a Comment in Nature involved a process unlike any I’ve experienced to date, so I figured I’d document it (Comment itself is here).   I wish more people would document the story behind their papers (and #OverlyHonestMethods 🙂 ), and also the process behind their scientific communication to help us all peek behind the curtains. […]

First draft of just-published Value all Research Products

The copyright transfer agreement (arg) I signed for the just-published Comment in Nature included restrictions on where I may post a copy of the article: Although ownership of all Rights in the Contribution is transferred to NPG, NPG hereby grants to the Authors a licence […] c) To post a copy of the Contribution as […]

Just published: Value all research products

A Nature editor contacted me in November, asking if I’d like to write a Comment about the upcoming NSF policy change in Biosketch instructions.  It sounded like a great chance to talk about the value of alternative research products with a wide audience, so I agreed.  The comment was published yesterday and is now available […]