Weekend reads: A course on calling bullshit?; What closure of Beall’s list means; More preprint debate

The week at Retraction Watch featured the harrowing story of a would-be whistleblower subjected to a forced mental exam (part of our partnership with the news team at Science), and Jeffrey Beall’s site about predatory publishers going dark. Here’s what was happening elsewhere:

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6 thoughts on “Weekend reads: A course on calling bullshit?; What closure of Beall’s list means; More preprint debate”

    1. As long as bullshit is purveyed as fertilizer or fuel it’s of real value. If it’s spray painted with gold and sold as something else it’s fraud. LOL

      1. I actually agree. I’ve seen very terrible studies that nevertheless made interesting points and provided fuel for thought. These papers are useful, so long as they don’t try to pretend to be more than they are.

  1. A preprint version as final can easily be signaled to readers by laying it out in a final page layout style, rather than double space line numbered style. I note Coop has done just this http://biorxiv.org/content/early/2016/03/07/042598
    I’ve used double column style to achieve a similar look to many journals. Again, aiming to signal this is a final version not intended for publication elsewhere.

  2. Better yet, support *all* STEM students in their journey into bi-literate academic writers, *including* native speakers of English!

    Requiring some more humanities study for STEM careers could get rid of some more of the anti-humanities, anti-people-skills stereotyping that helps steer so much bad behavior into STEM labs and classes in the English-speaking world.

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