Palaeontology and Open Science news roundup: June 29th, 2018

Welcome to your usual weekly roundup of vaguely interesting stuff that happened in the last week! Enjoy, and let me know if I’ve missed anything out. Previous week.

Palaeontology news

  • Brom et al: Body-size increase in crinoids following the end-Devonian mass extinction.
  • Field and Hsiang: A North American stem turaco, and the complex biogeographic history of modern birds.
  • Delcourt: Ceratosaur palaeobiology: new insights on evolution and ecology of the southern rulers.
    • And this blog post critiquing the taxonomy in the paper, by Micky Mortimer.
The hypothetical phylogenetic relationships of ceratosaurs (Delcourt, 2018)

Open Science News

  • Unhelpful, caustic and slow: the academic community should rethink the way publications are reviewed – LSE Impact Blog.
  • The launch of a new open science platform, Generation-R.
  • The UK’s Association of Medical Research Charities have partnered with F1000 to launch a new OA publishing platform. Neato.
  • African scientists now have their own preprint platform!
  • The worst of both worlds: Hybrid Open Access – Lisa Matthias.
    • tl,dr: Hybrid sucks.
  • The European University Association has published their roadmap on research assessment in the transition to Open Science. Good stuff.
  • Schmidt et al: Ten considerations for open peer review.

Stuff I’ve done

  • Video of a talk I gave in Graz, Austria, on using social media to get a career boost is now online! Also includes talks from Bianca Kramer, Michaela Vignoli, and Tony Ross-Hellauer.
  • Module 5 of the Open Science MOOC has had a face-lift! Let me know what you think 🙂
    • Now includes the main module content and 2 tasks, both in markdown and iPython notebook format. Enjoy!
  • Built a website for the Foundations for Open Scholarship Strategy Development! It’s still an early phase, so contributions to the website and the strategy itself are more than welcome.
  • My first peer review for F1000 Research is now online. Bonus points for spotting the Star Wars reference.
  • Blog post about a Reddit-style model of peer review.

Other stuff

  • The Lancet are going to start trialling preprints with SSRN. Why is this not under Open Science? Well, because its just a part of Elsevier’s continued lock-in strategy. That’s not open science.

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