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Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae, A125, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library. The University of Chicago Library takes a cue from nearly 500 year old publishing practices  to curate personalized, "individually bound" introductions to their digital collection of the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae: In 1540 Antonio Lafreri, a native of Besançon transplanted to Rome, began publishing maps and other printed images that depicted major monuments and antiquities in Rome. These images were calculated to appeal to the taste for classical antiquity that fueled the cultural event we call the Renaissance. After Lafreri published a title page in the mid-1570s, collections of these prints came to be known as the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae, the "Mirror of Roman Magnificence." Tourists and other collectors who bought prints from Lafreri made their own selections and had them individually bound. Over time, Lafreri's title page served as starting point for large and eclectic compilations, expanded and rearranged by generations of collectors. ...
January 6, 2015
Well, this is much more elaborate than I could ever have imagined: For Sale: “Your Name Here” in a Prestigious Science Journal – Scientific American.  Seems that there are services out there to help people write, in essence, bogus scientific papers filled with pithy somewhat reasonable sounding phrases about certain ...
December 21, 2014
Well this certainly is interesting: The Open Science Peer Review Oath – F1000Research.  This emerged apparently from the AllBio: Open Science & Reproducibility Best Practice Workshop.  The “Oath” is summarized in the following text from a box in their paper: Box 1. While reviewing this manuscript: I will sign ...
November 12, 2014
There is an interesting interview out in Nature where Richard van Noorden interviewed Anurag Acharya from Google Scholar: Google Scholar pioneer on search engine’s future : Nature News & Comment.  Definitley worth a look.  It has tidbits on the past, present and future of Google Scholar. There are also some ...
November 11, 2014
Definitely worth checking this out (by John Bohannon): Uprising: Less prestigious journals publishing greater share of high-impact papers.   The article discusses a paper recently posted to arXiv by Anurag Acharya (from Google Scholar) and others: Rise of the Rest: The Growing Impact of Non-Elite Journals. ...
October 28, 2014