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What is original research?

Growth in web technologies and increased transparency in the literature - and data - may be contributing to a shift in our perceptions of what constitutes a prior publication. Innovative online journals with virtually unlimited space provide researchers with opportunities to produce novel (original) contributions to the literature that are clearly and transparently …..
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Bad History of Science from ID Proponents

ID proponents regularly fling around the idea that they are on the leading edge of a scientific "paradigm shift," about to dramatically change the course of science by reimporting appeals to a designer into a framework that had previously been dominated by an ideology of "scientific materialism." Alas, this depiction of IDists as scientific revolutionaries….
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How Meaningful Are User Ratings? (This Article = 4.5 Stars!)

The impact factor has long been recognized as a problematic method for interpreting the quality of an author's output. Any metric that is neither transparent nor reproducible is fatally…
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It's All Semantics: Searching for an Intuitive Internet That Knows What Is Said--And Meant

The Internet grew out of an idea to connect various and disparate sources of data, delivering to researchers around the globe unprecedented access to information via their computer screens. As e-Science evolves alongside Web 2.0, however, some are pushing for a …
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'Giving it away' a textbook argument

Open access "has so far been developed, promoted and argued for most extensively, and certainly most heatedly, in the Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Gary Hall, a leading open-access advocate, and others have produced powerful polemics in favour of open access, often in books in which they practice what they preach. Some claim that the movement has a political dimension and can help to break down the hierarchies and de facto restrictions on expression created by state-funded universities and corporate publishers.
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