PLOScast is a regular PLOS podcast dedicated to interviewing innovators and thought leaders on scholarly publishing developments, the future of academia and the changing experiences of scientists. Hosted by PLOS Staff Researcher Elizabeth Seiver, the show explores all things Open (science, access and peer review), including research tools, ideas for improving science communication and the realities of the academic job market. In short, this podcast is for scientists and those who love them. Note: The PLOS Biology Podcasts that were created on this channel a few years ago, are still available to be listened to, shared and downloaded.
Science is self-correcting in nature, but the mechanism for correcting the literature could be more transparent. In 2010, Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus recognized this transparency issue and launched the blog Retraction Watch to shed light on what happened with these retracted research articles. In this episode of PLOScast, Ivan and Elizabeth Seiver talk about Retraction Watch and how retractions can sometimes provide valuable insight into the scientific process.
Early Career Researchers (ECRs) are leading the way when it comes to challenging traditional approaches to scientific research and publishing, but achieving buy-in from senior investigators and peer scientists isn’t always easy. Jessica Polka would know, as an early career researcher (ECR) and the director of the ASAPbio initiative, her career is devoted to achieving and streamlining the use of preprints in biology. In episode 26 of PLOScast, I chat with Polka about preprints as a tool for science communication, as well as her career trajectory thus far and how she deals with feelings of imposter syndrome.
How do physicians access medical research at the point of care? Furthermore, how does the general public access and interpret this research, including the use of newspapers and Wikipedia? In this week’s PLOSCast, Elizabeth dives into these questions with Lauren Maggio, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Good research should be replicable, but there are various issues that can impact reproducibility in science. In this PLOSCast, Elizabeth discusses some of these issues with Michèle Nuijten, a PhD Student at Tilburg University. Her research focuses on meta-science, covering topics such as replication, publication bias, statistical errors, and questionable research practices. She talks about the importance of checking statistics in psychology research, the impact that statistics have on replication, and some tools, like statcheck, that can be used to help with this work. For more information and related links, please see the blog post: http://blogs.plos.org/plospodcasts/2017/08/07/check-your-stats-an-interview-featuring-michele-nuijten/
How big is Big Data, and how does it apply to the realm of social sciences? In this latest PLOSCast episode, Elizabeth explores that question with Ian Mulvany, the Head of Product Innovation at SAGE Publications. They discuss his journey from astrophysics into scientific publishing, transitioning from editorial into product management. He describes his passion for investigating ways to use technology to improve the research process, and how Big Data can add new instruments to social sciences. Finally, they consider how change is made in scholarly publishing and what that could look like in the future. Access related links on our blog: http://blogs.plos.org/plospodcasts/2017/07/07/big-data-in-the-social-sciences-an-interview-featuring-ian-mulvany/
Communication and critique are important for the public understanding of and progress in science. In this PLOSCast, Elizabeth speaks with Hilda Bastian, an Editor at PubMed Commons. She connects her current work at PubMed Commons and her previous experience as a consumer health advocate in Australia to the importance of communication and critique of science in the public sphere. As she says, “If we want to have scientific communities where [people] have an equal chance of being heard, we have to have a standard of communication that allows people to feel comfortable raising a question and not getting attacked for it.” In the interview, she offers some advice for reporters and advocates for communicating science to the general public and to other scientists. Read the full show notes and explore related links here: http://blogs.plos.org/plospodcasts/2017/03/28/science-communication-and-critique-an-interview-featuring-hilda-bastian/
How might access to these research articles impact the use of Wikipedia and how might Wikipedia in turn impact science? In this PLOScast, Elizabeth Seiver speaks with Jake Orlowitz, the founder of Wikipedia Library, a program from the Wikimedia Foundation that helps editors access reliable sources to improve Wikipedia. Read the full show notes and explore related links here: http://blogs.plos.org/plospodcasts/2017/02/22/accessing-academic-sources-on-wikipedia-an-interview-featuring-jake-orlowitz/
In this episode Eamon Duede, the Executive Director of Knowledge Lab at the University of Chicago, speaks with Elizabeth about the latest modeling research using big data to understand behaviors and patterns surrounding manuscript review. This is the second part of a two-part series discussing how the use of large-scale computation helps researchers understand how humans create knowledge. In this episode they discuss: - The profile of a reviewer most likely to accept a review - Who is most likely to provide a quality review - What aspects of an article make it more likely to be accepted or rejected - Seven things you should pay attention to in order to improve your manuscript’s acceptance rate - How bias impacts peer review
In this PLOScast, Elizabeth Seiver speaks with Eamon Duede, Executive Director, Knowledge Lab about the science behind how new scientific discoveries come into existence. This is the first part of a two part series discussing the use of large-scale computation to help understand how knowledge comes into existence. For full show notes, see http://blogs.plos.org/plospodcasts/2016/12/27/the-science-of-science-part-1-an-interview-with-eamon-duede/
In this PLOScast, Elizabeth speaks with Abigail Cabunoc Mayes, Lead Developer, Open Source Engagement at the Mozilla Foundation on building open source communities. The episode covers: • Challenges facing the OSS community • Early Career Researchers, Contributor badges and Open Data • Best coding languages for scientists • How to communicate with developers • Tips for getting involved in Open Source Science
In this OA Week episode, Elizabeth Seiver speaks with James Fraser, Associate Professor at UCSF in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences and a founding member of ASAPbio, about the scientist-driven mission to promote the use of preprints in the life sciences. The conversation covers the history of ASAPBio; the advantages of posting manuscripts to a preprint server; the impact preprints have on science journalism; and the relationship between Open Access and preprints.
In this episode, we talk about what altmetrics are; how they are used; and why journal impact factors aren't enough to measure scientific research. Elizabeth Seiver is joined by Stacy Konkiel, Outreach & Engagement Manager at Altmetric. Show notes: http://blogs.plos.org/plospodcasts/2016/09/19/understanding-altmetrics-an-interview-with-stacy-konkiel/
. In this PLOScast, Elizabeth Seiver speaks with Geoff Builder, Strategic Director at CrossRef, about link rot, unique digital identifiers and the infrastructure needed in order to support persistent links. This episode also covers: • The history of CrossRef • Why metadata is important for publishers • Organizational identifiers for institutions with ORCID and DataCite • Using DOIs for work other than journal articles such as books, software, figures and data • Benefits of DOIs for researchers
In this PLOScast, Elizabeth speaks with Sarah Wipperman, the Repository Services Manager & Analyst for Repository Services Manager & Analyst for ScholarlyCommons, about how libraries are supporting scholars and pushing for new tools to better communicate research.
The evolving scholarly publishing landscape has transformed the way scientific articles are created, distributed and shared; but how have these changes affected books? In this PLOScast, Elizabeth speaks with Amy Brand, the Director of MIT Press on the role of book publishing within scholarly publishing. Amy discusses vibrant book program at MIT Press and how the market for books is alive and well.
In this PLOScast, Elizabeth Seiver speaks with Meredith Niles, an early career researcher and a member of the Board of Directors at PLOS, about all things Open, and how Open Access research played a role in her path to becoming an assistant professor of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont. If you’re a researcher interested in how Open research can impact your career, this episode is for you. Together they cover: -How Meredith landed her current position at UVM -The benefits and risks of publishing open access research -How to create a data management plan -Things to check before making your data open -How to handle impostor syndrome -Advice for early career researchers interested in making their research open.
Learn about the history of scientific publishing. In this episode, we take an in-depth look at the history of the peer review and editorial process beginning 350 years ago with the world’s oldest journal. For more info read: http://blogs.plos.org/plospodcasts/2016/04/18/the-history-of-scientific-publishing-an-interview-with-aileen-fyfe/