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Language Log » Beyond the zombies: How we might get out of the science publication disaster
"There are over a hundred well-established linguistics journals, and the great majority of them show no signs of wanting to change their publication model.

One can understand this, because individual scholars are not really affected by the disastrous situation."
august 2017 by phnk
Poli-sci blogging has come far, and has far to go - Vox
"And generally I’m pleased to see that so many political scientists are choosing to engage publicly via blogging and social media. It wasn’t too long ago that this was considered a pretty nerdy and potentially career-damaging pursuit. Today it’s not only tolerated but encouraged. Last week, I met a junior faculty member who put her Twitter analytics statistics into her third-year review."
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may 2017 by phnk
And World Bank economist suffers for bid to sharpen clauses
"Paul Romer’s attack on turgid writing focused on ‘and’ surplus in official reports

[Photo caption:] Paul Romer, chief economist, vowed to block publication of the latest World Development Report if it contained too many co-ordinating conjunction

YESTERDAY [2017-05-25] by: Shawn Donnan in Washington

The World Bank’s chief economist has been stripped of management control of the organisation’s research arm just months after assuming the post after his staff revolted against his attack on the bank’s turgid writing. 

Despite the uproar, Paul Romer, a University of Chicago-trained economist who has been mentioned as a possible Nobel laureate, has not given up the fight.

In an email sent to staff this week, Mr Romer vowed to block publication of the latest World Development Report if it contained an “and” surplus, which he determined as being anything above 2.6 per cent of the text. 

That ruling followed demands for shorter emails and reports. Officials complained Mr Romer cut off staff he thought were droning on in meetings and cancelled the bank’s Global Monitoring Report after he could not determine its purpose, according to someone close to the bank. 

“Some say that I didn't convey the criticism in the right way,” Mr Romer told the Financial Times. But “when it is a message that people do not want to hear, there is no right way”. 

In an internal announcement, Jim Yong Kim, the World Bank president, said he had handed management of the influential Development Economics Group to another senior official to create a stronger link between the World Bank’s research and operational arms.

Others at the bank said the change was the result of an external review and would allow Mr Romer to focus more on his research. 

But some said Mr Romer’s management style, particularly over what some saw as a dogmatic approach to clear writing, was key to the move, citing the recent spat over “and” as evidence.

Circulating a draft of the upcoming World Development Report, Mr Romer warned against bank staff trying to pile their own pet projects and messages into the report. The tendency, he argued, had diluted the impact of past reports and led to a proliferation of “ands”. 

“Because of this type of pressure to say that our message is ‘this, and this, and this too, and that ...’ the word ‘and’ has become the most frequently used word in Bank prose,” he complained in an email. 

“A WDR, like a knife, has to be narrow to penetrate deeply,” he added. “To drive home the importance of focus, I’ve told the authors that I will not clear the final report if the frequency of ‘and’ exceeds 2.6%.” 

The 2.6 per cent bar, Mr Romer told the FT, marked the current frequency of “and” in scholarly writing. It also, according to an analysis of bank reports going back decades that he commissioned, was roughly where World Bank report authors landed in the institution’s early years. 

But the use of the word “and” over the years had doubled to almost 7 per cent in World Bank reports, Mr Romer pointed out in a January memo to his staff. 

In that same memo, titled simply “Writing”, he declared clear writing “a commitment to integrity”. 

“It is without exaggeration the foundation for trust in science,” he wrote. 

In another internal memo titled “About”, Mr Romer called himself a bad writer who had overcome his own dyslexia by reassuring himself that “if Neil Young can make a living as a singer, I can make a living as a writer”."


> Clear writing produces clearer thoughts – An in-house blog by the World Bank chief economist from November 2016 linking maths, language and clarity

academia:publishing  writing  science  lulz 
may 2017 by phnk
The Uproar Over ‘Transracialism’ - The New York Times
"Todd Gitlin’s devastating observation about the debilitating consequences of the left’s cultural politics — ‘while the right has been busy taking the White House, the left has been marching on the English department’ — dates from the ’90s, but it has lost none of its pertinence. Only now the battle lines are drawn within the cultural left; the English department was conquered long ago. The spectacle of the left devouring its own children — and of emancipatory liberalism turning into its opposite — may read as farce. But in the context of the wider political emergency we face, the obsessively inward focus of the cultural left can also be understood as tragedy." -- Spot on.
academia:publishing  feminism  inequality:race  usa:higher-ed 
may 2017 by phnk
What has happened down here is the winds have changed - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
"So, as of early 2011, there’s a sense that something’s wrong […] Late 2016: We have now reached the 'emperor has no clothes' phase. When seemingly solid findings in social psychology turn out not to replicate, we’re no longer surprised."

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may 2017 by phnk
"Read paywalled research papers for free."
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april 2017 by phnk

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