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Important updates (July 8th, 2008:
- Wikipedia on peer review --- an excellent article, an example of wikipedia quality, and interesting anyway!
- Science's Editor in Chief and "Friends" Discuss Peer Review and Journal Impact.
- Nobel laureate Sulston argues for open medicine
Widely disseminated and cited results—with no access restrictions!
Formal Correction: This article has been formally corrected to address the following errors.
I was reading the rejection of imechanica from NSF
And these sentences came to my mind.....
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dear imechanica friends
the Grand challenges for Engineering make clear that we should work for the good of our Society. So, how much of technology really makes are happier?
Nanoscale holographic interferometry for strain measurements in electronic devices da Nature di Etienne Snoeck Nanoscale hologrSubmitted by Mike Ciavarella on Wed, 2008-06-25 20:39.
Materials science: Diatomic power da Nature Materials science: Diatomic power Nature 453, 1146 (2008). doi:10.1038/4531146d ASubmitted by Mike Ciavarella on Wed, 2008-06-25 20:30.
How Many Friends Is Too Many?
One MySpace exec has even surprised himself by friending a potato. This particular russet has 2,965 friends.
da Nature di
Fewer academics could be the answer to insufficient grants
Dear Imechanica friend
a recent Nature Commentary has generated a lot of interest, particularly in Europe. Maybe it is of interest, also in response to Grand Challenges for Engineering?
I suggest some lines:
Europe’s research system must change, Luke Georghiou argues. He suggests
Europe should start the process of reformow. The Commission has a responsibility to
take the lead and planning of the Eighth Framework Programme, due to start in 2013, is already under way. The grand challenges will not wait until then and member states, businesses and the scientific community must each play their part. The first challenge is one of leadership.
Speaking of Grand Challenges, why we never talk of Energy in Imechanica? There are certainly mechanical implications. And Energy is top of the list at the www.engineeringchallenges.org project.
Italy Joins European Nuclear Power Revival
“Leading Opinion: Peer review as professional responsibility: A quality control system only as good as the participants.Submitted by Mike Ciavarella on Mon, 2008-06-09 17:58.
Regarding my recent post A paper rejected by Int. J. Fatigue --- Persistent Nepotism in Peer Reviews? See this interesting paper. Later, I will show as a negative example case the review I had on Int J Fat, not so much because I am any upset about it, but for the sake of improving this process. I think my case is probably not exceptional, who knows how many receive reviews like this and they give up? Reviewers should not permitted to make such strong statements (including misunderstanding my paper) without a single reference. If I write a paper with figures, maths, references, a reviewers cannot kill it, abusing their position.
A seminar at Paris VI inst. d'alembert - One, no one, and one hundred thousand crack propagation equations: thursday June 5th. 1Submitted by Mike Ciavarella on Wed, 2008-06-04 19:06.
Prof Jean -Baptiste Leblond (http://www.lmm.jussieu.fr/~leblond/)
kindly invited me to give a seminar at Inst. d'alembert - Paris VI
A well-spent day brings happy
Leonardo da Vinci
All our knowledge has its origins
in our perceptions.
Leonardo da Vinci
commences with reason and ends in experience it is
us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience
from this to proceed to investigate the reason.
Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to
authority is not using
his intelligence; he is just using his
Leonardo da Vinci
Art is never finished, only
Leonardo da Vinci
As a well-spent day brings
happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy
Does a scientist who has had three patents in the past five years, but only three papers, each cited just three times, deserve mSubmitted by Mike Ciavarella on Wed, 2008-06-04 18:05.
From the blogosphere
Nature 453, x (2008). doi:10.1038/7196xc
Does a scientist who has had three patents in the past five years,
but only three papers, each cited just three times, deserve more
recognition than one with five Nature papers and 1,000 citations?
Can anyone download the full paper I have no access to Nature!!!!
It is difficult to reminisce over my own formative years without sensing
the sharp contrast with the far more difficult situation faced by the
young generation today. My generation, and especially my own narrow age
range within that generation, had things easier, I think, than any group
before or after. I entered Lehigh for undergraduate studies one year
after Sputnik. It was a time when support for science and engineering
was enlarging fast, when opportunities were abundant. There were plenty
of graduate fellowships. There were also generous loan programs, fully
forgivable for those who went into teaching. I had both at Lehigh, where
I also stayed for graduate studies. Getting a postdoc position could be
Leonardo da Vinci the precursor of Publish AND Perish ---- not Publish OR Perish -- the present model is dead!Submitted by Mike Ciavarella on Sat, 2008-05-31 18:53.
Dear Imechanica friends
I recently pointed to a very interesting paper by Fabio Casati and collegues from Trento University in Italy.
They say PUBLISH AND PERISH: WHY THE CURRENT PUBLICATIONAND REVIEW MODEL IS
KILLING RESEARCH AND WASTING YOUR MONEY
as opposed to the current mania to PUBLISH and killing yourself with writing papers.
Liquid Publications: Scientific Publications meet the Web ¶
Some very interesting projects from University of Trento. Changing the way scientific knowledge is produced, disseminated, evaluated, and consumed
dear Elsevier Editors and boards
after I submitted to the Harvard blog imechanica.org
"My letter of resignation from the board of International Journal of Solids and Structures"
Submitted by Mike Ciavarella on Tue, 2008-05-20 14:55. www.micheleciavarella.it
which received so far 1812 reads in only 2 days, I have received many letters that jammed
my E-mail system. To continue my normal operation, since this is not expected as a
full-time occupation, I therefore decided to create, according to many people's suggestion,
Dear Imechanica friends: in connection to the www.engineeringchallenges.org and Roberto Ballarini post suggesting the presidential Candidates Obama, Clinton and McCain do not seem to respond to the Sciencedebate2008, and see the call for "Science White House" by Nobel prize winners David Baltimore and Ahmed Zewail, the USA seems to be in a big Science Crisis, which is called already in Scientific Literature the American PARADOX (see below). In very short, this is due to the fact that the ONLY real big thing for the American (and European) public is Sport and TV stars. There is "legs-drain" of David and Victoria Beckham ---- the public and politicians do not care of the "brain-drain" of best people like for example people who already running operations in both US and in Asia (see the A* program in Singapore). And not even of Nobel-prize-winner-drain!!!
Zhigang, about defining "esthablished", I am worried people may consider arbitrary your "definition" -- not me, you can do as you like!
But look that even somebody as weak as me could be in the list you propose!!, and for different criteria! Only Nix and Hutchinson really stand high in the lists as "esthablished". Incidentally, congratulations: the most cited paper of Hutchinson is that with you.