Fake peer review

… [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.

Fake peer review: Scientific journals publish fraudulent, plagiarized, or nonsense papers..

Happy [End of] Sunshine Week

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.

Round 1: Foiled by process
Round 2: Absurd responses from law enforcement agencies
Round 3: Ridiculous redactions and records errata
Round 4: Retaliations and consequences

Happy Sunshine Week: Introducing The Foilies, Round 1 | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

National Book Critics Circle Announces Award Winners for Publishing Year 2014

Here are the NBCC Award winners for (publishing year) 2014:

Autobiography
Roz ChastCan’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (Bloomsbury)

Biography
John LahrTennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh (W.W. Norton & Co.)

Criticism
Ellen WillisThe Essential Ellen Willis, edited by Nona Willis Aronowitz (University of Minnesota Press)

Fiction 
Marilynne RobinsonLila (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Nonfiction
David Brion DavisThe Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation (Alfred A. Knopf)

Poetry
Claudia RankineCitizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press)

National Book Critics Circle: National Book Critics Circle Announces Award Winners for Publishing Year 2014 – Critical Mass Blog.

2015 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalists

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.

2015 Finalists:

  • 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)

Congratulations 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalists! | PEN / Faulkner Foundation.

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