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Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system | Science | Th... - 1 views

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    what an interesting personality ... very symathetic

    Peter Higgs, the British physicist who gave his name to the Higgs boson, believes no university would employ him in today's academic system because he would not be considered "productive" enough.

    The emeritus professor at Edinburgh University, who says he has never sent an email, browsed the internet or even made a mobile phone call, published fewer than 10 papers after his groundbreaking work, which identified the mechanism by which subatomic material acquires mass, was published in 1964.

    He doubts a similar breakthrough could be achieved in today's academic culture, because of the expectations on academics to collaborate and keep churning out papers. He said: "It's difficult to imagine how I would ever have enough peace and quiet in the present sort of climate to do what I did in 1964."

    Speaking to the Guardian en route to Stockholm to receive the 2013 Nobel prize for science, Higgs, 84, said he would almost certainly have been sacked had he not been nominated for the Nobel in 1980.

    Edinburgh University's authorities then took the view, he later learned, that he "might get a Nobel prize - and if he doesn't we can always get rid of him".

    Higgs said he became "an embarrassment to the department when they did research assessment exercises". A message would go around the department saying: "Please give a list of your recent publications." Higgs said: "I would send back a statement: 'None.' "

    By the time he retired in 1996, he was uncomfortable with the new academic culture. "After I retired it was quite a long time before I went back to my department. I thought I was well out of it. It wasn't my way of doing things any more. Today I wouldn't get an academic job. It's as simple as that. I don't think I would be regarded as productive enough."

    Higgs revealed that his career had also been jeopardised by his disagreements in the 1960s and 7
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    interesting one - Luzi will like it :-)
LeopoldS

The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) - 1 views

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    another attempt to address impact factors
Luís F. Simões

Our approach to replication in computational science - 2 views

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    good discussion on the replicability/reproducibility of scientific results (also a nice example of how to do it right... in bioinformatics at least)
LeopoldS

The Cost of Knowledge - 1 views

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    interesting initiative with already some high profile names from space sector such as Martin Rees, Baumjohann, two guys from NASA ...
Luís F. Simões

Peer review: Trial by Twitter : Nature News - 1 views

  • Blogs and tweets are ripping papers apart within days of publication, leaving researchers unsure how to react.
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    includes some discussion on the aftermath of NASA's arsenic paper
LeopoldS

Prepare and transmit electronic text - American Institute of Physics - 2 views

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    new revTex version available ...

    what do they mean by this? how do they use XML and latex to XML? would this also be an option for acta futura?

    "While we appreciate the benefits to authors of preparing manuscripts in TeX, especially for math-intensive manuscripts, it is neither a cost-effective composition tool (for the volume of pages AIP currently produces) nor is it a format that can be used effectively for online publishing."
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    Dunno really, they may have some in-house process that converts LaTeX to XML for some reason. Probably they are using some subset of SGML, the standard generalized markup language from which both HTML and XML derive. Don't think is really relevant for Acta Futura, and the rest of the world seems to get along with TeX just fine...
Kevin de Groote

Cell Beta Prototypes - 0 views

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    Cell Press and Elsevier have launched a project called Article of the Future that is an ongoing collaboration with the scientific community to redefine how the scientific article is presented online....
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    well - none of the two examples that they have given show much imagination - don't think that any of these will be better than just using the full screen pdf, my preferred way after printing and reading on paper ...

    btw: Kevin: are you still around? could we meet?
ESA ACT

mERDA - What is the DOI - 1 views

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    European DOI registry agency.
ESA ACT

CSA-Illustrata - 0 views

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    A google images-like search engine for scientific publications.
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