Open letter to the AAAS about their new journal, Science Advances

The following open letter has been delivered to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and published online in The Winnower. Thanks to Jon Tennant (@Protohedgehog) for leading this effort.  Thanks also to everyone who contributed to writing the letter, shared with colleagues, and signed. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear  AAAS, This is an open letter concerning... Continue Reading →

OpenCon 2014: Empowering the next generation of researchers to advocate for openness

Access to information is a problem in many parts of the world. A huge portion of the academic literature is locked behind paywalls that many people cannot get past due to restrictive costs. This is what it looks like from the outside: Lack of access to information impedes learning, stifles innovation, and slows scientific progress.... Continue Reading →

My love of bugs and an open dilemma

I love bugs. And I love taking pictures of them. In recent months, I've amassed a collection of photographs and am thinking of putting together a book. But this presents a dilemma for me as an open access, open source, open pretty-much-everything advocate. How should I protect my content with violating my beliefs on openness?... Continue Reading →

My experiences with figshare

[Disclosure: I am a figshare advisor.] Last year, I had one of those 'aha!' moments. I, like many scientists, have too many valuable research outputs gathering digital dust on my computer. Figures, posters, manuscripts that have yet to find homes - they may not all be journal worthy, but that doesn't mean they aren't useful.... Continue Reading →

The excitability of motor neurons

Part IV of the "Help me decide..." series. See parts I, II, and III. Motor neurons send signals to muscles, causing them to contract. You'd think understanding their role in the production of movements like breathing and walking would be simple. But as I explained in a recent guest post, these neurons are embedded in a... Continue Reading →

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