juliusbeezer + dcrrbmj   7

Publishing's getting expensive! | The BMJ
Publishing's getting expensive!

Wow! £936 to have your article published! That's
expensive. It should cost a reasonably efficient
organisation about £100 to peer review an article:

Even if a sub-editor takes another day or two to get
the article in shape this wouldn't come to £800.

£936! You could buy a webserver and a couple of
years of internet connection for that, and do it

That Harold Varmus must be on a good salary! Or
perhaps it is being priced to fail?

Oh well. One way or another knowledge will

Competing interests:
I run a webserver to
publish my own work
and have a vision of a
free, democratic future
in which others do

[20/4/17: Note: This link (resolving to identical content) works to this day: http://www.carnall.demon.co.uk/peerrev.htm]
dcrrbmj  openaccess  linkrot  link_rot_fixed 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Avelopia: the disease of not having a bicycle | The BMJ
I would like to introduce another term that we have found
useful in our work as cycle activists: avelopia, or the
disease of not having a bicycle. The diagnosis is generally
made on the history: the symptoms include shortness of
breath on mild physical exertion, low mood and self esteem,
physical isolation, and poverty brought on by vehicle
running costs and excessive public transport fares. On
examination the legs are generally thin, yet flabby, the
pulse quickened, the cheek sallow, the posture weak. Varying
degrees of overweight are common. These unfortunates, as
well as being frustrated in their day to day transport
needs, lack the wellbeing that comes from physical fitness,
and face the prospect of an earlier death from
cardiovascular disease.
dcrrbmj  cycling  health 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
Dark cloud of sanctimonious cliche settles on BMJ website | The BMJ
Dark cloud of sanctimonious cliche settles on BMJ website

The outpouring of support for Dr George Lundberg is gratifying in its
promptness; mom and apple pie seem universally desired. It makes me
particularly warm inside to see citizens of the former Soviet Union
chastising their American counterparts (justifiably) on the issue of free
speech. It's good that people care for journalists, but let's not forget
that, so far, Lundberg hasn't been shot or jailed, and that he was coming
up for retirement age.

It is naive to imagine that publications exist for any other reason
other than to serve the interests of their owners. The editorial latitude
allowed by tolerant Victorians such as the BMA merely reflects the
security of its establishment, and perhaps, a belief that to do anything
else would result in a publication of such stupendous tedium that we might
as well all go home in any case.

JAMA's hideous typography meant that I for one would never read it
for pleasure; but if Lundberg was such a great guy, no doubt AMA will live
to regret their decision as all his friends and allies in the office
resign or strike in protest
dcrrbmj  journalism  journals  us 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
Removing the comforts of the negligent majority | The BMJ
The main reason that non-cyclists cite for not cycling is fear of trauma. (ref to www.cyclesafe.co.uk)
Plainly, such people do not believe that any collisions
will be "accidental"; they judge the road environment
hostile, and avoid it, to their own, and society's

The risks of trauma are generally overperceived.
But on the road at least, almost all traumatic events are
brought about by deliberate human agency: driving too
fast--perhaps a pitiless 30 mph (48 km/h) past a
primary school in the rain; driving while you dial your
mobile phone; failing to anticipate the needs of an
elderly pedestrian from your bubble; and so on...
dcrrbmj  cycling  road_safety 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
Promoting walking and cycling as an alternative to using cars: Vested interests doom puny healthcare interventions | The BMJ
bmj obstructs science

I wanted to send a link to a friend about the letter I freely wrote
you in a spirit "both friendly and scientific" but you have locked me out from my own work.

This is my last contribution to your journal until you make it free

You are not scientists, you are an obstacle to science.

With regret

[http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7476.1237 then resolves to (paywalled) letter itself, and not my rapid response]
dcrrbmj  sciencepublishing  openaccess  science 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
new improved dinosaur doomed too | The BMJ
new improved dinosaur doomed too

The coal, oil and gas that underpin most of the activities of our
contemporary culture are the product of the carboniferous era: between 300 million and 200 million years ago. It does not take great imagination to consider that liberating a substantial proportion of the product of 100 million years of photosynthesis in only a few hundred years might cause significant changes to the atmosphere. And so it does.[1]

Faced with such a fundamental challenge, it's hardly surprising that
many people choose denial rather than face reality. The scale of the task facing humanity is enormous: yet if we are to continue to hold our fundamental motivation: notions of progress, some sort of afterlife through one's works, a future for the children, we have to deal with it.

Can we turn it around? I'm not optimistic. If it takes an
environmentally concerned editor of the BMJ 15 years between engaging her mind with the issue and actually attempting to change her own behaviour, what hope for the rest?

Et voila! Le dinosaur nouveau est arrivé!

1 Intergovernmental panel on climate change. 3rd report. 2001
dcrrbmj  climatechange 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
Time pressures erode action on "keep active" message | The BMJ
It's worth considering how all this actually plays out in the British primary care consultation. The essence of the situation is trying to motivate someone in pain to keep active. One of my favourite lines is that "everyone I know who had back pain, and now does not, found some form of exercise to keep their back supple and strong." My favourite example is a friend who used to suffer a lot with her back who is now a yoga teacher. Then we talk about what kind of exercise they would like to do.
january 2015 by juliusbeezer

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