Author Archives: jason

It’s time to start standing behind our work.

I was recently looking at PubPeer (a post-publication peer review site), and it’s pretty cool. Many people have tried to solve the same problem, but that’s ok; it’s an important problem and someone’s going to solve it, so why not them. However, there were two things I saw about that Made Me Sad. First, reviews [...]

A Web service for random GitHub usernames, via Google BigQuery, R, and CouchDB

In the course of building some much-needed testing infrastructure for total-impact, I found I needed a source of random GitHub usernames. A forum post directed me to the very cool GitHub Archive project, which pushes its extensive collection of GitHub data to Google BigQuery. BigQuery in turn lets you write SQL-style queries on ginormous datasets [...]

An open response to Taylor and Francis

Update: they said no. Sad, but…not shocked. Thanks for inviting me to contribute an “altmetrics” entry to the upcoming Fourth Edition of your Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences. I’d be delighted to do so, under the condition that I would be able to retain the copyright to my work. Failing that, another option would [...]

Toward a second revolution: Altmetrics, total-impact, and the decoupled journal [video]

Here’s video of my talk for Purdue University libraries (with thanks to them for filming and uploading it). I discuss how social media is transforming scholarly communication, how we can measure it with altmetrics, and how these metrics will inform algorithmic filters to fundamentally transform the way we communicate research. For a (much) faster version, [...]

total-impact awarded $125k sloan grant

[Reposted from our total-impact blog.  Heather Piwowar and I are co-PIs.] We just heard: total-impact has been awarded $125,000 by the Sloan Foundation! What does this mean for users?  By April 1, 2013, we plan to hit important milestones in three areas: Product: addition of over a dozen new information sources to, particularly data repositories 60 [...]

Twitter and the new scholarly ecosystem

This is a copy of a guest post I wrote for the LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog: In 1990, Tim Berners-Lee created the Web as a tool for scholarly communication at CERN. In the two decades since, his creation has gone on to transform practically every enterprise imaginable–except, somehow, scholarly communication.  Here, instead, we [...]

Open Access: 3 koans

1. The teacher was sitting one day beneath a cherry tree, regarding the birds as they ate its fruit. A student approached the teacher and spoke: “Master,  I am afraid that if I make my research notes open, others will steal my good ideas.” Instead of answering the student, the master turned and cursed the [...] alt-metrics for your CV

The PLoS alt-metrics study is moving well; we’ve transitioned to an open notebook built on GitHub (which is awesome and a good topic for another post) and findings are starting to emerge. I’m starting to think about next steps, and to me the obvious one is to build a frontend for our crawler–giving working scholars [...]

Has journal commenting failed?

It’s a great idea: take all the insights, suggestions, and criticisms on scholarly articles, the comments shared in journal clubs and scribbled in margins the world over, and make them accessible to everyone. Attach them to the article itself; make it a conversation, not an artifact. We have blog commenting, video commenting–why not article commenting? [...]

MEDLINE literature growth chart

We all know the volume of scientific literature is growing.  I went looking for an infographic showing this, but wasn’t satisfied with what I found, so I made one, based on the publication dates of articles in MEDLINE. I got the data by searching PubMed with the query (“[year]“[Publication Date])where [year] was each year from [...]