Here are some additional items from the Scholarly Communications at Duke blog; The Scientist; Information Today; and Book Business that you might find of interest:
- Is the Web just a faster horse? In this post on his Scholarly Communications at Duke blog, Kevin Smith discusses a recent public talk and workshop led by Jason Priem, a co-author of the “well-regarded AltMetrics Manifesto” and a founder of the Web tool called ImpactStory. While Mr. Priem gave ample attention to Altmetrics, his talk broached broader issues. In fact, according to Mr. Smith he “gave a superb summary of the current state of scholarly communications and a compelling vision of where we could go.” One of his main contentions is that we are not “fully exploiting the possibilities” of the web. Evidently, he believes that the web with technologies ranging from altmetrics to twitter could be used to reinvent scholarship and scholarly communications in ways that would undue current structures. Whether you agree or disagree with Mr. Priem’s viewpoint his ideas are provocative and thought provoking.
- Publishing’s Gender Gap An article from The Scientist that says although things are getting better, there is still a gender gap in science publishing. Using JSTOR for their content analysis, researchers discovered that “in 2010, when women scholars reached 30 percent of published authors, women made up 42 percent of full-time faculty, 34 percent of which were tenured professors. This suggests that although women are continually gaining ground in publishing—only 27 percent of authors publishing between 1990 and 2010 were women…”
- Google, Apple Expand Micropayment Systems for Web Content and Mobile Purchasing. This article in Information Today discusses Google Wallet and its efforts to make it easier for people to purchase items on the web by securely storing their personal and credit card information so it doesn’t have to be repeated each time a purchase is made. The hope on the part of publishers and other content providers is that users will be more willing to buy web pages if it is easier to make purchases. In short, Google Wallet is presented as an experiment in trying to monetize web content.
- Unglue.it relaunches with Stripe, five ungluing campaigns after being put out of business temporarily by Amazon’s refusal to handle its payment transactions, Unglue.it has found a new provider. Stripe, a San Francisco start-up will handle payments for the crowdfunding platform. Unglue.it will also be ungluing five new titles.