Stephen E. Arnold: Elsevier Suffers Another Blow – Dutch Universities Start Full Boycott

Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

Viva The Academic Publisher Boycott!

Elsevier is one of the largest and most well-known scientific journal database, but it is also the most notorious for its expensive subscription fee and universities are getting tired of it.  Univers reports that “Dutch Universities Start Their Elsevier Boycott.”  The Netherlands, led by state secretary Sander Dekker, want all scientific content to be free online.  In order to be published, the university or financier pays to be so.  All content by Dutch scientists will hopefully be open access by 2024.

In the meantime, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands has asked all Dutch scientists that work with Elsevier to resign from their positions.  As to be expected, some are willing and others are more reluctant.  The goal is to pressure Elsevier to change its practices.

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Aug 1

Sepp Hasslberger: Peer Review Does Not Work

Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

Peer review, instead of helping science stay on track, is actually retarding real progress.

The peer review drugs don’t work

EXTRACT

Peer review is anti-innovatory because it is a process that depends on approval by exponents of the current orthodoxy.   . . .   Perhaps the biggest argument against the peer review of completed studies is that it simply isn’t needed. With the World Wide Web everything can be published, and the world can decide what’s important and what isn’t. This proposition strikes terror into many hearts, but with so much poor-quality science published what do we have to lose?

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Jul 15

Yoda: Twilight of the Professors

Categories: Academia,Corruption
Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Broken, they are.

Twilight of the Professors

Twenty-eight years ago Russell Jacoby argued in The Last Intellectuals that the post-WWII expansion of higher education in the U.S. absorbed a generation of radicals who opted to become professors rather than freelance intellectual troublemakers. The constraints and rewards of academic life, according to Jacoby, effectively depoliticized many professors of leftist inclinations. Instead of writing in the common tongue for the educated public, they were carrot and sticked into writing in jargon for tiny academic audiences. As a result, their political force was largely spent in the pursuit of academic careers.

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Jun 8

Antechinus: Science Sucks, Vaccines Scare, Parents Push Back

Antechinus

Antechinus

What if not all parents who question vaccines are foolish and anti-science?

If you want to understand and reduce vaccination non-compliance you have to work to achieve a subtler understanding of parental decision-making, along with a recognition that ­public-health campaigns aren’t Pure Science but are influenced by politics and money (although maybe they shouldn’t be). You have to stop talking about “vaccines” as if they were all one thing, and stop talking about vaccination schedules as if they were simple products of value-free science. You have to stop claiming “we” have science and “they” have stupid.

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Jun 8