@malmolina_14 I do like how some research groups ask candidates to prepare a critique of a paper or a mini proposal in advance. Needs some balance, advance questions also create bias - for meticulous but anxious preparers over quick-on-their-feet extroverts that leave prep for the last minute.
@malmolina_14 I don’t quite understand how this works, are the interviews very formulaic? If the questions are set in advance, couldn’t they be answered in writing? When I interviewed people (for PhDs) I have only one fixed question, the rest depends on what they tell me or their CV.
@pekor002@vineet_chopra If submit a manuscript on kidney cancer field effects to Frontiers in Medicine (hypothetically, I won’t) is that the nephrology, the oncology or the pathology speciality editor - or any of their hundreds (!) associate editors that will actually read it. To whom it may concern…
@TFLangkaas@MaartenvSmeden I agree that cover letters are superfluous (as are impact statements and “end of introduction summaries”). But I often value graphic abstracts, great for summarising a paper in presentations, and “layman’s” abstracts (e.g. in Science), although the editors write those I think.
@AmyBaugher@vineet_chopra As for many things in academic publishing the answer is: because they can, the journal:author power balance is skewed (see also typing
superfluous info into arcane submission systems).
The essentials in brief should be in abstract and disclaimers, so everyone can see them.
@pekor002@vineet_chopra Why? Most manuscripts will span multiple topics and most journals have multiple appropriate editors (and terribly outdated editorial board lists). E.g. your journal Frontiers in Medicine lists >4000 editors (at least the list is searchable). Assigning is what keywords are for.
@klausenhauser@asia_sowa@paqio@Google Maybe that’s domain dispersant dependent, but I find PubMed much better suited for search. The MeSH terms, indexed categories, Boolean logic and connection to the other NCBI databases make PubMed very powerful. Google scholars just seems to poorly index a lot - including rubbish.
@thecrobe Smart way to get feedback. Consortiums are occasionally listed as authors, without specification of the individual members. However if different students contributed to different extend, then only listing those that gave considerable input might be best.
@jack_saundrs What? The BBC and BBC World Service have some stellar programming that really showcases the strength of public broadcasting. Very few other broadcasters with e.g. such strong science productions or global social issues features. Definitely worth fighting for!
@gavinsblog Urbanisation certainly helps if done right. Living in small cities and then in the center of a large city, I have never felt that I need a car in the last decade (except on vacation). Walkable cities with good public transport & bike lanes - prettier, safer, cheaper & more fun.
It's Friday, so let's Learn about Extremism! Today I want to tell you a little about one of the many women who played important roles on the far right in the United States.
I present to you Mary Lyrl Van Hyning (1892-1973), who was a prominent far right activist from the 1930s
@JanaQuamSD@egavactip Some things don’t change: then calling anti-nazi forces Jewish gestapo, now hard right voices attach the label nazi to Antifa. Linking polio to a sugar-rich diet to trash vaccines is also reminiscent of “living healthy protects you from Covid” in the anti-vaxx wellness crowd.
@nico_schuck@ERC_Research This seems the most realistic short-term solution to the APC explosion, although it would require collaboration of institutions (otherwise the fees just become “overhead”). I have seen grant guidelines with a 10k APC cap (per grant, not article), wonder if the enforcement works?
@machajo@MicrobiomDigest@PLOSNTDs Thanks, great article on the subject.
The Public Library of Science running PLOS NTD is a non-profit though, as is e.g. eLife, charging 3000$ APC. All science publishing should be non-profit, no room for Elsevier or Springer, but that doesn’t seem sufficient for low APCs.
@jeroenbosman@tpoell Great overview.
No idea about the costs, but as a user, SurfDrive is as good as commercial cloud storage, showcasing the possibilities of edu institutions working together. Some uncoupling from commercial software (e.g. Adobe CS) requires moving away from inefficient processes.
@MicrobiomDigest@PLOSNTDs What does it really cost to maintain a journal? Given that PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases was kickstarted by a grant, is run by a non-profit and focusses on an area where there is by definition limited investment (and research competes with intervention) is 2500$ appropriate?
@RebeccaRHelm The magic incantation to summon bots is: help my Instagram account got hacked!
Although I’ve never seen that many - shows how poorly Facebook handles their platforms, Imagine their virtual reality “metaverse” when the bots can scream at you in binaural 3D technicolor…
A hilarious/shocking quiz by @UVALibrary translating academic journal costs (subscriptions) into worldly luxury.
Give me that croissant subscription + French Riviera yacht and I’ll get you an A* team of burned out PhDs to review & rank bioRxiv manuscripts. twitter.com/SiccodeKnecht/…
"Casper zet een grote stap naar dry January. Na elke 199 biertjes drinkt hij een spa rood."
Echt, @NOS, ziet dan echt nie-mand op de redactie dat jullie hier gewoon in een greenwashing marketingtruuk vallen? Het ligt er zó dik bovenop.
@sTeamTraen Within a day? Expecting that of individuals (as opposed to e.g. a press office) seems rather inconsiderate - quite a large chunk of the year I would not respond to any email within a day. Two weeks would seem fair, a month maybe.
@vectorgen Had to check the proofs for a manuscript I worked on for years a few days ago and I just bloody hated it. I used to care but now I just wanted to get it done with, hating the sentences I wrote with such passion.
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