Archive for August 23rd, 2008

The third Giant’s Shoulders!

August 23, 2008

I am very happy to announce the hosting of the third Giant’s shoulders blog carnival here at Entertaining research; this is the first carnival that I would be hosting; I am thrilled to be in the company of Coturnix and Lay Scientist, who hosted the first and second editions, respectively.

The third edition will be published on the 15th of September, 2008; so, send your entries to me at this email address (preferably on or before 14th of September 2008):

gs dot carnival dot guru at gmail dot com

I am looking forward to many interesting submissions on varied subjects!

Biggest barrier to open science is …

August 23, 2008

Centralization, says John Hawks:

More broadly, the entire system of credit in science is based on being the first to publish a finding in a reputable journal; there’s no incentive to post on blogs or community websites. Scientists try to get their findings published in the top journals in their fields, and major scientific prizes are awarded to those who make breakthroughs.

I think that’s a pretty simplistic rendering of how scientific credit is assigned. It ignores all the factors that depend not on your results but on networking. Who you know may be vastly more important than what you do.

I think that if more researchers were independent (not tied to someone else’s lab) and if they spent less time grant-writing, we’d see more open collaborations. Right now the biggest barrier to openness is centralization.

Take a look!