Calcagno et al. (in press at Science) looks to be a very interesting study, by some ace evolutionary biologists and ecologists, of scientific submission practices. They have lots of data on stuff that we all tend to have strong opinions on based on little more than our own anecdotal experience. Some interesting nuggets: 75% of published articles are submitted first to the journal that eventually publishes them, high impact journals publish proportionally more articles that previously were submitted to another journal, and papers that are rejected and resubmitted elsewhere attract significantly more citations than papers published in the author’s first-choice journal. As to whether that last conclusion implies that rejection and subsequent revision leads to better, and thus more highly cited, papers, maybe–but Cheap Talk argues maybe not. No word on whether rejected, resubmitted papers also are more likely to win the Mercer Award. (HT The Molecular Ecologist)
Steve Walker has a fun post on using “basis vectors” to locate different statistical philosophies in a 4D space. Yes, I did just use “fun” and “statistical philosophies” in the same sentence. He uses me as an example, and I think he places me pretty well: for me, τ=ε, ς>>0, β<<0, γ=ε. You’ll have to click through to find out what that means, and to locate yourself.
Remember how in one of my posts marking Peter Abrams’ retirement I praised him for killing off the idea of “ratio dependent predation” before it could establish itself? Well, apparently Peter’s work isn’t quite done. Don’t go yet, Peter!
I found this blog post on work-life balance and the number of hours professors work to be interesting. As a postdoc, I tried logging all my working hours for a while. It was really eye-opening. I was much less efficient than anticipated. I think that exercise helped make me more efficient, which is always good for work-life balance.
From the archives:
The story of Jeremy’s first publication. Also the story of Jeremy’s first and (so far) last field experiment. It’s got everything! Rotifers! A huge storm! R* theory! Demographic stochasticity! Jeremy misciting himself–twice! And of course, a happy ending.