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.
- Are We Running Out of Ideas?
Economists have a hard time explaining why productivity growth has been shrinking. One theory: true innovation has gotten much harder – and much more expensive. So what should we do next? [Suggested by: Lindsey, Associate Publisher]
- Ask The Chefs: What Is The State Of Innovation In Scholarly Communications Today?
Continuing the innovation theme, the Scholarly Kitchen Chef’s offer some view different views on scholarly communication innovation [Suggested by: Helen, Digital Strategy Lead]
- “More than blind trial and error”: Leveraging experimentation to shape the future
Alphonse Hardel, Reuters Global Head of Strategy & Agency Business Development, explains how exploration and experimentation help determine where the world’s largest news organization should go next. [Suggested by: Helen, Digital Strategy Lead]
- The transformation of the academic publishing market: multiple perspectives on innovation
Special issue of Electronic Markets focusing on the transformation of the academic publishing market. [Suggested by: Helen, Digital Strategy Lead]
- 2018 Fjord Trends
A look at what’s ahead for the future of business, technology and design. Some fascinating topics including: the use of design thinking for market differentiation; block chain to generate trust; development of success indicators for ethical self-audit; and the ability of machines to “see” and “read emotions”. [Suggested by: Samira, Market & Competitive Intelligence Manager]
- Data journalism’s AI opportunity: the 3 different types of machine learning & how they have already been used
Great post explaining how supervised, unsupervised, and reinforcement machine learning have been used for journalistic purposes.
- The science that’s never been cited
How many papers are never cited? Fewer than you think, says a Feature in Nature [Suggested by: Theo, Executive Editor, The BMJ]
- Is it time for our universities to fight back against profiteering publishers?
UWE suggests a decline in the number of requests students made for research through its online library catalogue might be due to an increase in Sci-Hub usage. (We’re not seeing this in our aggregate stats but there are big variations by customer) [H/T: @mrkwr]
- What is Researcher Workflow?
Roger C. Schonfeld is thinking about how to support researcher workflows. [Suggested by: Helen, Digital Strategy Lead]
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