[Report in Dutch] Sixth Huygens-Descartes Lecture by Jacob Soll (Henk Looijesteijn)

Door Henk Looijesteijn, foto’s: Kees-Jan Bakker.

De zesde editie van de jaarlijks door het Huygens ING en Descartes Centre georganiseerde lezing vond plaats in de sfeervolle Zuilenzaal van Felix Meritis, roemrucht intellectueel centrum aan de Amsterdamse Keizersgracht. De lezing werd gehouden door de jonge ideeënhistoricus Jacob Soll, professor in ‘history and accounting’ aan de University of Southern California. Read more…

Scientiarum Historia available online

Scientiarum Historia: Tijdschrift voor de Geschiedenis van de Wetenschappen en de Geneeskunde was one of the precursors of the present journal Studium. Between 1959-1971, and again between 1990 and 2006, it was published by the Southern Netherlands History of Science, Mathematics and Medicine Society (colloquially known as “Zuid-Gewina”). Read more…

Science hoax uncovers network of predatory science publishers

Over the past months, the American journal Science undertook an extensive test of open source publications across the globe – and uncovered a network of shady titles, richly aliased editors, non-existent review practices and impressive publication fees. The story (with complete online documentation) reveals how careful publishing scientists have to be in order to avoid the traps set by swindlers. Happily, it’s not all gloom: most (although not all) established publishers and journals saw through the scam.

Read Who’s Afraid of Peer Review? by John Bohannon on Sciencemag.org.