… [The research articles] are so obviously fake that nobody who has any business being within 10 feet of a computer science journal would fail to spot them with even the most careless examination. A technological solution is completely unnecessary. The answer to that question exposes the dirty secret of modern scientific publishing.
It is that secret, not the occasional publication of fake papers, that the scientific publishing world should be mortified about, for it is damaging the underpinnings of the whole scientific endeavor.
Welcome once again to Sunshine Week! It’s that time of year when journalists, citizen watchdogs, community activists, data wizards, political gadflies, public-records litigators, and open-gov fanatics come together to champion the cause of transparency and commiserate over the obstacles we face everyday while chasing sunlight.
Here are the NBCC Award winners for (publishing year) 2014:
Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (Bloomsbury)
John Lahr, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Ellen Willis, The Essential Ellen Willis, edited by Nona Willis Aronowitz (University of Minnesota Press)
Marilynne Robinson, Lila (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
David Brion Davis, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation (Alfred A. Knopf)
Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press)
Judges Alexander Chee, Marc Fitten, and Deirdre McNamer have announced their list of finalists for the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The winner will be announced on April 7th, and the 35th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony & Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
- Jeffery Renard Allen, author of Song of the Shank (Graywolf Press)
- Jennifer Clement, author of Prayers for the Stolen (Hogarth)
- Atticus Lish, author of Preparation for the Next Life (Tyrant Books)
- Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation (Alfred A. Knopf)