Open Access Journals: Has the shine faded?

The recent launch of several high-profile open-access journals by commercial publishers including Nature Publishing Group and SAGE elicited cheers from veterans of the open-access movement. Here, they thought, was evidence that their ideal of making research freely available online, as expressed in 2002's landmark Budapest Open Access Initiative document, was finally gaining mainstream traction. But according to Christopher Pressler, director of research library services at the University of London, the enthusiasm for "gold" (journal-based) open…

"Our job is to judge" (@timeshighered)

Academics without the freedom to exercise judgement are not true academics. Frank Furedi explains why scholars must resist the rise of proceduralism A couple of years ago, I was listening to a presentation about a new and apparently sophisticated anti-plagiarism tool. Throughout the talk, the speaker boasted of her software's potential for detecting copied work and preserving "academic integrity". I was a little despondent about the notion that, henceforth, the value of academic integrity would…

‘Life depends on science but the arts make it worth living’

Scientist claims true fulfilment is achievable only through the humanities, writes Rebecca Attwood The arts and humanities are "superior" to science, a top cardiologist has argued. John Martin, director of University College London's Centre for Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine, has 53 patents, 20 staff and has founded a biotechnology company. But, speaking at the launch of Humanities Matter: The Campaign for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences last week, he said he was "not a…

Academic standards… falling behind NSS? @timeshighered

It seems that everyone knows someone who has worked in the food industry who delights in telling hygiene horror stories, followed by the dire warning: don't eat such-and-such a brand's burgers or biscuits. At least some of these tales appear to be more than urban myths and result in prosecutions, and public hygiene inspectors have become the stars of the small screen. So why don't we seem to hear about the many horrendous human errors…