Independent scholars who are immigrants find a niche in Brooklyn (comment)


Many people who immigrate to the US (or other countries) have advanced degrees and/or professional experience and training that they are unable to use in their new home country due to regulatory roadblocks or displacement.

The Brooklyn library in New York City has created an opportunity for them to share their expertise  through a program it calls "University Open Air":

Below is a link to a story about the program and to tweets about sessions that have been offered this summer.

Re: Three authors publish hoax articles and (some) peer reviewers approve them

Peter Boghossian, the only one of the three authors of the "grievance studies" hoax who holds an academic position has now said that he will be the subject of a disciplinary hearing by Portland State University. The charges are that he knowingly published falsified data and that he failed to obtain institutional permission before conducting his research.

Re: Wars are not won by military genius or decisive battles

Of course, I do not and did not argue there are "no decisive battles." That would be silly, given the long and winding course of world military history in which there have been quite a few. But fewer in the modern era of competing empires and grand coalitions than in simpler times or in regional "systems" such as city-states warring with each other, where the forces and simplified politics engaged meant that one could indeed decide the outcome of a war on a single raw, red day.

Plan S generates protests from scientists (comment)


Below is a link to an article that appeared in Science magazine online this week concerning a letter signed by a large number of scientists objecting to the proposal known as Plan S or cOAlition S that would require recipients of funding from particpating governments and foundations to publish only in open access journals.

Why accurate metadata is important (comment)


Below is an excerpt and link to an article that appeared in the news this week about a good day in the archives. This isn't the first time that an unexpected discovery has been made in the Royal Society library: in 1981, independent scholar and historian of microscopy Brian Ford discovered Leeuwenhoek's microscope specimens there.

H-Net book reviews back on H-Scholar (comment)


The next post will consist of the most recent H-Net book reviews listing.  I apologize for the lapse in posting these book review announcements over the past few weeks.  Apparently, when the Commons platform was taken down for revisions to the categories and keywords sections, it dislodged the connections to the reviews feed.

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