The folk over at PeerJ have an offer for field biologists this month. Do you have “ecology”, “ecosystem science”, “marine biology”, “plant sciences” or “zoology” as a subject area for your work? Great – it’s free for this month only.
Interesting promotion, and great to see them reaching out to the EEMB community!
Just saw The potential of preprints to accelerate scholarly communication – A bibliometric analysis based on selected journals by Valerie Aman over at arXiv. Very interesting piece, particularly the extensive analyses showing that many papers in preprint have a huge impact often up to a year before they’re “published”. Very cool, and worth checking out.
Great post over an the International Network of Next-Generation Ecologists – The case for arXiv and a broader conception of peer-reviews
It appears that the folks from Coldspring Harbor are planning on starting an arXiv for biology. They now have the URL http://biorxiv.org/ up and running as a signup. Curious to see where this will go!
Today we have a wonderful session on what online science activity can teach us about peer review. What lessons should we be learning, and how might peer review and scholarly publishing change given what we have learned from online interactions? You can see the twitter stream from the session at the hashtag #SciRevOn.
This is a small company in Corvallis…. with a history of working well with academic orgs.
They have an automated metadata service that might create some visible value and coolness to the UI.
We might be able to get this for free for the experiment.
check it out:
I really enjoyed the recent Collins et al. piece on the future of open access and publishing within ESA – ESA and Scientific Publishing—Past, Present, and Pathways to the Future. At the end of the piece, there is a call for feedback on all of this, and it is something that we all well should ponder – and consider responding to.
Thanks to Scott et al. for being open with Ecologists, and giving us a forum to send them our thoughts. I’m excited about this dialogue!
Invitation for input
We invite you to contribute your ideas about ESA’s publishing and other initiatives. What issues do you believe need to be on the table? What are your concerns and hopes for the changing dynamics of sharing scientific research results? In what ways do you think ESA can best continue to serve the community?
Current ESA programs that benefit from the Society’s existing business model include its policy activities, such as bringing ecological information to policymakers through briefings, meetings, and letters, keeping members informed of relevant policy issues, broadly sharing ecology through press releases, podcasts, blog posts, and other social media, supporting young ecologists, ecology education and diversification of the discipline, and providing workshops and science conferences to address ecological and environmental issues.
What do you see as ESA’s most important role? What areas do you see as less important and why? Do you have specific suggestions for other models that ESA could explore that would enable it to continue supporting existing programs that members value? What would be the best possible outcome for the ecological community in the face of changing publication modes and information sharing?
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