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Barbra Streisand, Elsevier, and Sci-Hub

Thirteen years ago, Kenneth Adelman photographed part of the California coastline from the air. His images were published as part of a set of 12,000 in the  301 more words

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Simple metrics in a complex world: Matt's pessimistic take on the LWM

This is the fourth in a series of posts on how researchers might better be evaluated and compared. In the first post, Mike introduced his… 1,421 more words

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Choosing parameters for the Less Wrong Metric (LWM)

You’ll remember that in the last installment (before Matt got distracted and wrote about archosaur urine), I proposed a general schema for aggregating scores in several metrics, terming the result an LWM or Less Wrong Metric. 700 more words

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The Less Wrong Metric (LWM): towards a not wholly inadequate way of quantifying the value of research

I said last time that my new paper on Better ways to evaluate research and researchers proposes a family of Less Wrong Metrics, or LWMs for short, which I think would at least be an improvement on the present ubiquitous use of impact factors and H-indexes. 705 more words

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All right then, how should we evaluate research and researchers?

Like Stephen Curry, we at SV-POW! are sick of impact factors. That’s not news. Everyone now knows what a total disaster they are: how they are signficantly correlated with retraction rate but not with citation count; how they are higher for journals whose studies are less statistically powerful; how they incentivise bad behaviour including p-hacking and over-hyping. 478 more words

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#OpenCon 2015: absolutely, indisputably, the best conference ever

I got back on Tuesday from OpenCon 2015 — the most astonishing conference on open scholarship. Logistically, it works very different from most conferences: students have their expenses paid, but established scholars have to pay a registration fee and cover their own expenses. 689 more words

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