Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ’s Digital Group members. These are articles we’ve read and liked, things that made us think and things we couldn’t stop talking about. Check back every Friday for a new post.
- Why has submitting a manuscript to a journal become so difficult?
A call to simplify an overly complicated process
- Is it time to nationalise academic publishers?
David Matthews asks if, with state intervention back in vogue, and publishers’ profit margins still sky-high, could journals be the next monopoly to come under scrutiny?
- Data Visualization in Scandinavian Newsrooms
Emerging Trends in Journalistic Visualization Practices
- How a Partnership Over Annotation Software Fits Into Bigger Changes in Research Workflow
Email interview with Jud Dunham, director of product management for Elsevier, about their new partnership with Hypothesis.
- Want to tell if a paper has been retracted? Good luck
Nowadays, there are many ways to access a paper — on the publisher’s website, on MEDLINE, PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus, and other outlets. So when the publisher retracts a paper, do these outlets consistently mark it as such? And if they don’t, what’s the impact?
- Digital Science and Katalysis Lead Initiative to Explore Blockchain Technologies for Peer Review
Digital Science, Katalysis and Springer Nature are working on a pilot project to test blockchain technologies to support the peer review process. For an alternative perspective from outside publishing John Straw discusses digital supply chains and asks If The Answer Isn’t Blockchain What Is?
- Global Digital Future in Focus 2018
ComScore’s 2018 Global Digital Future in Focus provides a snapshot of desktop, smartphone and tablet usage around the globe, examining how audiences and content consumption changed over the course of 2017.
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