Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

What open access evangelists often miss about the task at hand

Posted 12 Oct 2015 / 4

If you look at who I am as an academic, you would think that I should be among the most ardent supporters of Open Access publishing. After all, the proliferation of open access would solve a lot of problems for me. As a scientist who teaches at a school of art, design, and architecture, access Read More

A Major Post, Economic sustainability, Economics, Ethics, Grants & Funding, Higher Education, Periodicals, Public Policy, Publication, Science as a career, Social Media

Open Access publishing and “peer review” fail the test of a well-designed hoax

Posted 07 Oct 2013 / 0

The Economist “Science’s Sokal Moment” Science “Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?” The correct term for the kinds of journals that publish open-access work that is poorly reviewed is “predatory”. Like unaccredited “universities”, they prey on scientists whose work is not high enough in quality or significance to publish in the larger, mainstream journals by offering Read More

A Minor Post, Articles, Economics, Ethics, Periodicals, Publication, Scientific Fraud, Web

An amazing indictment of the academic publishing industry (in which most of us participate)

Posted 04 Oct 2013 / 0

Dynamic Ecology “Follow the money – what really matters when choosing a journal” There are so many great ideas to be found in this post. Here are some of my favorites: There is no “innovation” or “risk” being taken by investors in academic publishing: those with money are simply extracting value from both the producers Read More

A Major Post, Ecology, Economics, Ethics, Evolution, Grants & Funding, Periodicals, Professional Societies, Public Policy, Publication, Web

Where to publish in ecology & evolution without funding for page charges

Posted 10 Aug 2013 / 10

WARNING: This article is accurate as of August 2013; publishing policies are rapidly evolving and therefore the page charges described below are subject to change. Every scientist wants to have funding to support his or her research, and part of that funding has to be ear-marked for page charges. Page charges? It sounds like an Read More

A Major Post, Ecology, Evolution, Periodicals, Professional Societies, Publication, Science as a career

Open and fluid, science even requires constant revision of logos

Posted 08 Sep 2012 / 0

BMC Biology “What is wrong with this picture?“

A Minor Post, Fluidity of Knowledge, Periodicals, Phylogenetics

Would online data repositories solve the problem of scientific fraud?

Posted 23 Aug 2012 / 0

The Chronicle of Higher Education “Despite Occasional Scandals, Science Can Police Itself“

A Minor Post, Articles, Periodicals, Scientific Fraud