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My Final Project - 5 views

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  • Alexandra Finch
    In my final project, I have formulated two conceptual organizations that utilize peer-to-peer, open source wiki software platforms. The first, "OpenOrg" is a space where individuals, groups and funders can come together to create non-profit organizations. Users can generate ideas in a free, open and collaborative space. Other users and existing organizations can contribute, edit or borrow the concepts for their own causes. This network also connects NGOs with one another to collaborate on similar and complimentary causes. It also creates visibility for those seeking to find causes.

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    The second organization, OPEN_MATH is an open source MOOC that is designed to connect professors, advanced students, and learners of math. Creators can freely create courses and students can customize courses to suit their needs. All content is created under peer-developed guidelines, ensuring a high standard of education. Both students and educators/course creators are given real time feedback with specific algorithms. Anonymous meta-statistics are collected, with permission, to asses the success of the various programs. OPEN_MATH is a social medium as well, by creating a math-minded community; we can facilitate an environment to improve the education of math.

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Alexandra Finch

Publishing: The Peer-review scam - 2 views

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  • Alexandra Finch
    a. An unfortunate phenomenon is emerging in scholarly publishing: the artificial or contrived peer review. Ferguson, et al., report the emerging issue affecting several peer review systems used by academic journals. The core of the issue concerns the author suggestion of peer reviewers, which in some cases, has been found to be colleagues, family, acquaintances of the author, or even the author themselves under a pseudonym. Security breaches in the commonly used ScholarOne peer review software has resulted in the creation of fake peer reviewer accounts. Verification services, like ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), are designed to track researchers, regardless of institutional changes, throughout their research and verify their identities. This sort of system is not widely adopted in the research community, yet it appears to be a promising asset in the fight against fraudulent peer-review entries. However, this sort of occurrence signifies a weakness in the current dominant system of scholarly publishing.
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