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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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The Science of Science Communication II

Successful scientists must be effective communicators within their professions. Without those skills, they could not write papers and funding proposals, give talks and field questions, or teach classes and mentor students. However, communicating with audiences outside their profession – people who may not share scientists’ interests, technical background, cultural assumptions, and modes of expression – presents different challenges and requires additional skills. Communication about science in political or social settings…

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NCI releases Team Science Toolkit

Members of the NCI Tool Kit editorial board just published an article in the American Journal of Public Medicine (reference below).   This article describes the National Cancer Institute’s “Team Science Toolkit” and how it can be used to help with with team science initiatives.  It’s designed to help a variety of team science stakeholders (from investigators to administrators to translational partners).  It’s organized around three main types of resources: (1)…

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Journals & Science conference wrap-up

nSCI’s November 15, 2013 Journals & Science conference attracted around 130 delegates from across the country. This all-day event focused on exploring the communication pathways between science, the press and the public—the current processes, challenges, impacts, and areas in need of improvement. The proceedings of this event are provided below. A pdf version of the full program is available by clicking this button: Program Introduction SummaryAgendaKeynoteHistory HOW TO REBUILD TRUST…

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PopSci remove comments, PubMed adds them

The Need for a Comments System We all read a lot of papers and often have useful things to say about them, but there is no systematic way to do this – lots of journals have commenting systems, but they’re clunky, and, most importantly, they’re scattered across thousands of sites. Journals don’t encourage critical comments from readers, and letters to the editor are difficult to publish and given too little…

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International OA Week Oct 21-27

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. “Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results…

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nSCI Hosting Conference on Science Journals

Conference wrap-up and presentations Join us for an important and groundbreaking conference on the current state of academic journal publishing, covering: The impact of rising journal subscription costs on libraries and research Journals and intellectual property rights: Can (or should) federally-funded research be locked away? Is it possible to improve access while still protecting copyright, intellectual property and discovery? Open source and open access growth and models The impact of…

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