Also this week: [color of your study species] is the new black, zombie idea about plant dispersal, code sharing vs. #?!*$%, LeBron James vs. reviewer three, preprint servers are not a democracy, and more
Are ecology journals moving in the direction of not requiring that submitted papers be formatted in journal house style until after they’ve been accepted? Seems like a sensible idea, though I think it has limits. A paper that’s written for Nature, Science, or PNAS is a very different beast than one written for any ecology journal. That’s a matter of content and organization, not just arbitrary formatting details like citation style. Personally, I’d find it a little awkward to review an ms that was written for Nature/Science/PNAS for an ecology journal.
What big scientific/engineering/social problems that were thought to be readily soluble in 1970 have proven much more difficult than anticipated back then? The answer seems to be “problems that are superficially related to other problems on which rapid progress had recently been made.” Also interesting to reverse the question and ask what problems that were thought to be intractable in 1970 have actually turned out to be readily soluble.
Remembering Emmy Noether, whose theorems on conservation laws and symmetry underpin much of modern physics. (ht @noahpinion)
You can’t post commentaries on biorXiv–unless you’re famous. (Semi-related aside: I’m sure Zen is right that a small fraction of preprints get a large fraction of the collective attention. And that one attention-concentrating mechanism is “people are more likely to read preprints by famous authors.” There are various good reasons to support the posting of preprints, but “equalizing the distribution of collective scientific attention” is not one of them.)
The inside story of the World Series of Birding. I lived with an ornithologist in grad school who was a serious birder, and even he thought the WSB folks were a little…intense.
When I think of “ecological traps”, the first example that comes to mind isn’t “the top of the UBS building in St. Paul.” Until now. 🙂
This looks neat!
As far as I can tell, every academic who saw this tweet thought “OMG pleasepleaseplease let my institution adopt this approach, too!”