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The Felch Quarry brachiosaur skull

A couple of months ago, Darren (the silent partner in the SV-POW! organisation) tweeted this photo … … describing it as “Skull of the Morrison Formation Brachiosaurus at Denver Museum of Nature & Science”. Well. As Darren knows well (but didn’t have have space to explain in the tweet), it’s not quite as simple as that. […]

Public access to results of NSF-funded research

Somehow this seems to have slipped under the radar: National Science Foundation announces plan for comprehensive public access to research results. They put it up on 18 March, two whole months ago, so our apologies for not having said anything until now! This is the NSF’s rather belated response to the OSTP memo on Open Access, […]

Two short observations on AAAS and open access

Matt drew my attention to an old paper I’d not seen before: Riggs (1903) on the vertebral column of Brontosaurus. The page I linked there shows only the first page (which in fact is half a page, since Riggs’ work is only in the right column). Why only the first page? As Matt put it, […]

Two important new palaeobiological hypotheses regarding diplodocids

The first hypothesis is that, contra Elk (1972), all Brontosauruses were rather fat at one end, then much fatter in the middle, then thin at the other end. The second theory is that Diplodocus was dumb. Evidence is here presented in the form of an important new life restoration by Matthew Taylor. References Elk, Anne. […]

The scale model of the AMNH apatosaurine skeleton, AMNH 460

In a recent post I showed some photos of the mounted apatosaurine at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, AMNH 460, which Tschopp et al. (2015) regarded as an indeterminate apatosaurine pending further study. A lot of museums whose collections and exhibits go back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries […]

A followup on Elsevier’s defence of scholarly copyright

In response to my post Copyright from the lens of reality and other rebuttals of his original post, Elseviers General Counsel Mark Seeley has provided a lengthy comment. Here’s my response (also posted as a comment on the original article, but I’m waiting for it to be moderated.)   Hi, Mark, thanks for engaging. You write: […]

What should we tell people about the AMNH apatosaurine?

Apatosaurines on the brain right now. I’ve been thinking about the question raised by Jerry Alpern, a volunteer tour guide at the AMNH, regarding the recent Tschopp et al. (2015) diplodocid phylogeny. Namely, if AMNH 460 is now an indeterminate apatosaurine, pending further study, what should the museum and its docents tell the public about it? Geez, […]

Copyright from the lens of reality

This post is a response to Copyright from the lens of a lawyer (and poet), posted a couple of days ago by Elsevier’s General Counsel, Mark Seeley. Yes, I am a slave to SIWOTI syndrome. No, I shouldn’t be wasting my time responding to this. Yes, I ought to be working on that exciting new manuscript that we […]

The Medical Journal of Australia vs Elsevier

While Mike’s been off having fun at the Royal Society, this has been happening: Lots of feathers flying right now over the situation at the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA). The short, short version is that AMPCo, the company that publishes MJA, made plans to outsource production of the journal, and apparently some sub-editing and […]

Live-blog: the Future of Scholarly Scientific Communication: part 2, day 2

MAY 6, 2015 Session 1 -The Journal Article is the end in sight? Slightly late start due to trains – ! Just arrived to hear Aileen Fyfe University of St Andrews saying that something similar to journal articles will be needed for ‘quite some time’ Steven Hall -from IOP. The articles still fulfils its […]

Live-blog: the Future of Scholarly Scientific Communication, part 2

I’ll try to live-blog the first day of part 2 of the Royal Society’s Future of Scholarly Scientific Communication meeting, as I did for the first day of part 1. We’ll see how it goes. Alex Halliday, vice-president of the Royal Society Introduction to reproducibility. What it means, how to achieve it, what role funding […]

My name is Giraffatitan, king of kings

Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair! [Giraffatitan brancai paralectotype MB.R.2181 (formerly HMN S II), mounted skeleton in left anteroventrolateral view. Presacral vertebrae sculpted, skull scaled and 3d-printed from specimen T1. Round the decay of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, the lone and level sands stretch far away.]

Richard Poynder on the need for transparency in publishing

[This is a guest-post by Richard Poynder, a long-time observer and analyst of academic publishing now perhaps best known for the very detailed posts on his Open and Shut blog. It was originally part of a much longer post on that blog, the introduction to an interview with the publisher MDPI. I’m pleased to reproduce […]

Roadside dinos of Yermo, California

A couple of weekends ago, London and I went camping and stargazing at Afton Canyon, a nice dark spot about 40 miles east of Barstow. On the way home, we took the exit off I-15 at Ghost Town Road, initially because we wanted to visit the old Calico Ghost Town. But then we saw big […]

What are we going to call PLOS ONE-style peer-review?

When a paper goes for peer-review at PLOS ONE, the reviewers are told not to make any judgement about how important or sexy or “impacty” the paper is — to judge it only on methodical soundness. All papers that are judged sound are to be published without making guesses about which will and won’t improve […]

Why Mike is interested in Royal Society Open Science, and why Matt isn’t

Copied from an email exchange. Mike: Did we know about the Royal Society’s PLOS ONE-clone? I am in favour of this. I might well send them my next paper while the universal waiver is still in place. Matt: Did not know about it. Their post-waiver APC is insane. How can they possibly justify $1600? Mike: […]

Measure the thing you’re interested in

The REF (Research Excellence Framework) is a time-consuming exercise that UK universities have to go through every few years to assess and demonstrate the value of their research to the government; the way funding is allocated between universities is largely dependent on the results of the REF. The exercise is widely resented, in part because the processes […]

Live-blog: the Future of Scholarly Scientific Communication

I’m at the Royal Society today and tomorrow as part of the Future of Scholarly Scientific Communication conference. I’m making some notes for my own benefit, and I thought I might as well do them in the form of a blog-post, which I will continuously update, in case anyone else is interested. I stupidly didn’t make […]

Tutorial 4b: Saurischian vertebral laminae and fossae redux, by Adam Marsh

[Hi folks, Matt here. I’m just popping in to introduce this guest post by Adam Marsh (UT Austin page, LinkedIn, ResearchGate). Adam is a PhD student at UT Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences, currently working for a semester as a Visiting Student Researcher at my old stomping ground, Berkeley’s UCMP.  Adam’s been working at Petrified Forest […]

How conveniently can you package your results?

A couple of weeks ago, Mike sent me a link to this interview with ecologist James O’Hanlon, who made this poster (borrowed from this post on O’Hanlon’s blog): We had a short email exchange which quickly converged on, “This would work well for some projects, but not for others.” That’s the same conclusion I came […]

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