Last week John Vsetecka offered his perspective on the impact of COVID-19 on early-career scholars. In today's post, we learn what's been like for early-career librarians from Laura Rocco, outreach and engagement librarian at California State University, Stanislaus.
The Scholarly Kitchen blog has a discussion of a new method that some journals are using to collect reviews of scientific articles. The system relies on a large number of expert reviewers who are invited to "crowd" review a manuscript and can submit their comments much more rapidly than under the old system.
The comments are also of interest. Commentators noted the way that this promotes discussion and collegiality; one of them thought it would be worth trying the same method with book reviews.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a public service announcement stating that "Foreign intelligence services have been known to use websites, including pseudo-academic online journals, to disseminate articles with misleading or unsubstantiated information."
To prevent this, they recommend seeking information from "trustworthy sources".
Now all we need is a way to identify which sources are untrusworthy--something some of our best academic minds have been struggling with for a long time.
Below is a link to a story by Smriti Mallapati that appeared in Nature on September 30 2020 entitled "India pushes bold ‘one nation, one subscription’ journal-access plan"
The story outlines a complex series of issues and options but the excerpt below gives the gist.
Below is an excerpt and link from an article about the efforts of the Internet Archive to preserve research that was published in defunct open access journals. It is entitled "The Internet Archive Has a New Tool to Save Research Papers From Vanishing" by Samantha Cole for the Vice Media website, Sep 17 2020
This announcement is forwarded from the American Historical Association news--Margaret DeLacy, H-Scholar editor]
As we wrap-up Peer Review Week 2020, we wanted to share some practical advice with ear