The year was 1967. Baruch Blumberg and his collaborators had just identified a new antigen in the sera of patients with hepatitis which would soon be realized to be the discovery of the hepatitis B virus. This discovery, however, was like many breakthrough ideas first rejected by both colleagues and the journal where Blumberg had sent it for publication, the Annals of Internal Medicine.
This week The Winnower sat down with Ken Weiss, Evan Pugh Professor of Anthropology and Genetics and Science at Penn State, to speak about his work, experience with publishing, and the scientific community at large. His research centers on the evolution of complex human traits, particularly disease-related and complex morphological traits. He’s a […]
Scientists often say: “once I get tenure then I’ll change things.” Believing once they get tenure only then can they help improve how science is practiced, submit open-access, help eliminate sexism, increase diversity in science, and pursue any other bold ideas they’re interested in. This attitude, while understandable, is an […]
I sat down with Professor Marc Edwards earlier this month to learn about his research and his views on the culture and practice of science. I first heard about Edwards after a friend told me how stupid I was to have missed one of his seminars here at Virginia Tech. […]
Peer review is currently performed to answer the following question: should the manuscript be accepted or rejected? While it’s a simple question, peer review is never that simple. Oftentimes useful experiments, suggested edits, and great discourse between authors and reviewers come from this process. More often than not, peer review […]
A recent PBS video showing a figurine of Albert Einstein accosting Marie Curie has caused uproar amongst scientists-male and female. Last month, an even greater uproar was sounded as Scientific American blogger Danielle Lee revealed an editor had called her “an urban whore” when she refused to blog for free. […]
My medical career began at Penn in the 1950s. Medicine then was a Mom and Pop, simple, storefront enterprise. Now sixty years later, the medical-industrial complex rules with scarcely recognizable landmarks. I’ve seen many changes not only within the scientific/medical community, but in the scientific/medical publishing industry as well.
Photo by Bill Brine Science publishing, and to a large extent science, is failing. We’ve talked about this before and so have many others. But being pessimistic and only focusing on what isn’t working is simple and unproductive. We think a more productive exercise is highlighting how science publishing will […]
Eugene Wigner may have never become a physicist were it not for an influential high school physics teacher. Were it not for one of his friends, John Von Neumann, he may have never won the Nobel Prize. It was Von Neumann, an editor of the Annals of Mathematics, who published […]
There is considerable interest currently in news surrounding Open Access and peer review. Below is a collection of recent articles discussing peer review as it stands today and possibilities of how peer review may work in the near future. We’ll be launching our solution here at The Winnower in early […]
Recently more and more organizations have begun to host papers prior to formal submission and review in what are commonly called “preprints.” “Preprints” are free to submit and open to read. Although seemingly new, they have been a common feature in certain scientific disciplines such as physics, math, and computer […]
Last week Science published a study documenting how easy it was to publish a phony scientific article. The study, since referred to as “only a news piece” to deflect criticism, was simple. Create hundreds of fictitious studies, send them off to hundreds of different open-access journals, and see how many […]
Scientific research requires a free and open dialogue to thrive. Scientists must communicate their ideas through scientific journals for debate, testing, and often retesting. Today, this is the standard process by which new ideas advance in science. Currently, one major barrier to communicating your work and/or ideas is having enough […]
The 2013 Wolf Prize in Agriculture, often referred to as the Nobel Prize in agriculture, was awarded earlier this year to Dr. Joachim Messing. Messing’s work over the years has spanned many fields but what may be considered his most important work was the development of a seminal technique called […]
Science publishing is a multi-billion dollar industry that brings investors and owners a spectacular 30% profit annually. How are they able to maintain such high profits and what does this mean for science? Pretend you’re a scientist who’s made an important discovery. Your next step is to communicate your findings to […]