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Biologists are figuring out what many other fields learned decades ago:

See Amy Harmon, "Handful of Biologists Went Rogue and Published Directly to Internet", NYT 3/15/2016. Also see "Reviewer Two must die".

Academic journals are on their way to playing the same role in the life of science and engineering that caps and gowns do: a quaint cultural relic that plays a role in celebratory rituals, but has nothing to do with the day-to-day process of exploration, discovery and communication.


  1. Rubrick said,

    March 21, 2016 @ 3:43 pm

    I understand and agree with the sentiment, but I'm afraid the gerund metaphor (?) has got me stumped.

  2. Ken Novak said,

    March 21, 2016 @ 3:54 pm

    Is this post missing text intended to follow the first paragraph?

    [(myl) A shocking cut-and-paste error — fixed now — but that'll teach me to post in a rush as I'm running out the door….]

  3. cameron said,

    March 21, 2016 @ 4:05 pm

    Oh, what a shocking bad hat!

    No, seriously, what?

  4. Rebecca said,

    March 21, 2016 @ 4:50 pm

    I suspect a copy-and-paste error: something still on the clipboard when myl thought he had copied some other text.

    [(myl) Exactly — fixed now. Sorry!]

  5. Roscoe said,

    March 21, 2016 @ 4:54 pm

    My cat's breath smells like cat food.

  6. January First-of-May said,

    March 21, 2016 @ 7:02 pm

    I didn't even realize that the gerund thing wasn't supposed to be there (even as I figured out that something was definitely missing, which I attributed to the sucky browser on my sucky Windows XP computer).

    I did see the video (and enough of a description that I didn't need to watch the video itself) by following the link, however.

  7. D.O. said,

    March 21, 2016 @ 8:31 pm

    As soon as hiring and promotion committees start treating all published work equally.

  8. Rubrick said,

    March 22, 2016 @ 3:11 pm

    Is there an accepted term for the phenomenon wherein someone comments on something inexplicable in a post, resulting in a correction, with the side effect that the comment itself is now rendered inexplicable? It happens remarkably often.

  9. D.O. said,

    March 22, 2016 @ 9:37 pm

    Reference rot?

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