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Why join a scientific society?

Wiley publishes around 950 journals for over 900 society partners. In 2014, a membership survey was sent out to 1.2 million recipients to learn more about why research professionals do or don’t join societies. Around 14,000 individuals participated in this survey (69% of whom belonged to societies). The results were released this past month. When respondents were asked why they originally joined their society or association, the most common reason…

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Science collaboration built from the ground up

Whether it’s in the daily stream of students through McQuinn Atrium, the chance conversations between scientists in its hallways or the postdoctoral researchers in the Catalyst Café, the Bond LSC has created a physical environment in which it’s difficult for occupants not to interact. “This place is intended to be a coordinated organism, not a hotel for good scientists,” says Jack Schultz, director of the Bond LSC since 2007. “It’s…

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Open Science Initiative issues new paper, recommendations

In early September of 2014, nSCI recruited and organized over 100 thought-leaders from around the world into a three month long online conversation—named the Open Science Initiative (OSI) working group—to begin looking into viable ways to reform the scholarly publishing system. The outcome of this conversation will be a working paper (the most recent version is linked here) which summarizes the many important facts and perspectives that were discussed on…

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Open Science Initiative conversations wrap up

nSCI’s Open Science Initiative conversation between many of the thought-leaders in academic publishing and open access is wrapping up this week, and recommendations of this working group are being prepared for circulation next week to a wider circle of stakeholders. A summary of the group’s conversation and recommendations is posted online at www.nationalscience.org/projects/osi. This was a revealing conversation. Differences of perspective clearly exist between proponents of publishing reform, and basic…

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Open Science Initiative looks to improve open access

The open access movement is at a crossroads. Once embraced as the future of open and accessible academic publishing, it has become increasingly apparently that as it is currently structured, open access has problems that need to be addressed. What are these issues and what are the possible solutions? If we were to backtrack all the way to square one (not that we should, but as a exercise in reviewing…

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Goggles Optional

Goggles Optional is a podcast where scientists from Stanford University provide their professional yet humorous takes from the world of science. Quoting from the Googles Optional “about” page, “the hosts explore the significant news and discoveries of the week using a combination of wit, analogies, and words with less than four syllables. Goggles Optional has been featured as a New and Noteworthy science podcast on iTunes and by the Stanford…

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Recent advances in massive, open, online science research

First MOOCs, now MOOLs: Massive Online Open Laboratories Self-assembling RNA molecules present compelling substrates for the rational interrogation and control of living systems. However, imperfect in silico models—even at the secondary structure level—hinder the design of new RNAs that function properly when synthesized. Here, we present a unique and potentially general approach to such empirical problems: the Massive Open Laboratory. The EteRNA project connects 37,000 enthusiasts to RNA design puzzles…

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Sun goes around the earth? Not since 1542

The headlines are depressing. A 2012 National Science Foundation survey (released on Feb. 14th at an annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science) has revealed that 26 percent of US adults think the sun revolves around the earth. But is this really news? Once the shock wears off, it’s helpful to note that: General science knowledge hasn’t been declining markedly. For instance, a 1999 Gallup poll…

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