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 […]

The New OSTP Policy & What it Means

Last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) responded to calls for broader access to federally funded research. I was curious as to whether this policy had any teeth, so I actually read the official memorandum. Here I summarize and have a few thoughts. The overall theme of the document is best […]

Data Management Education: Part 2

Last week on Data Pub, I provided the impetus for my latest publication with co-author Stephanie Hampton in Ecosphere about data management education (available on the Ecosphere site). The manuscript is the result of my postdoctoral work with theDataONE organization. The question that spawned the research? Whatever happened to the lab notebook? This query resulted in a survey of whether […]

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 […]