A study on scholarly repositories’ availability


“[W]e harvested the content of four prominent scholarly registries and resolved over 13 thousand unique repository URLs. […] [T]he results show that about one out of four URLs from repository profiles in scholarly registries is problematic. Moreover, this result is a lower bound, as problems could be related to the content served after a successfully served request.”

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia joins cOAlition S

Swiss National Science Foundation joins cOAlition S

The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife

See here https://archivalia.hypotheses.org/57411

Kings in the Mountain: Myths from Germany and Byzantium


“[A] series of myths arose in various European countries about the return of a former great king, who is just sleeping, waiting for his time to return and save his homeland. These “king in the mountain” myths have appeared across the world, but have been most prevalent in Europe, featuring both mythical and real historical figures, such as King Arthur, Charlemagne, and King Sebastian I of Portugal. Here, we will focus on two of the most prominent of these myths: the long slumber and future return of the great Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick Barbarossa, and the last Byzantine emperor, Constantine XI Palaiologos.”

See also the article “Bergentrücking” in: Enzyklopädie des Märchens.

Barbarossa gesamt
Von Reinhard Kirchner – <span class=”int-own-work” lang=”de”>Eigenes Werk</span>, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

USA: No More Paywalls on Federally Funded Research


“The Biden administration will by 2026 require that all publicly funded work be deposited in designated repositories immediately on publication.”


An artificially intelligent first author presents many ethical questions


“On a rainy afternoon earlier this year, I logged into my OpenAI account and typed a simple instruction for the research company’s artificial-intelligence algorithm, GPT-3: Write an academic thesis in 500 words about GPT-3 and add scientific references and citations inside the text.”

Authors publishing repeatedly in predatory journals


“It is a recurrent theme of interest and debate in the discussion of publishing through predatory outlets how these publications are affecting the scientific communities. Predatory journals have been accused of threatening the academic integrity as well as research publications (Angadi & Kaur, 2020; Hayden et al., 2021). Publications in predatory journals are characterized by lower study and reporting quality (Hayden et al., 2021). However, the extent of the problem is highly debated. Some countries and subject areas are more affected than others (Marina & Sterligov, 2021) and their visibility varies within fields due to different indexing policies in databases (Marina & Sterligov, 2021; Oermann et al., 2021). Actions should be taken to ensure that predatory journals are restrained. Callaghan and Nicholson (2020, p. 1446) conclude that ‘[t]he elimination of predatory publishing would be of benefit to all stakeholders who rely on social and natural science for valid and rigorous research that can improve their lives’. Furthermore, Callaghan and Nicholson (2020) argue that to restrain the predatory journals more work is needed within a number of different focus areas. The results of this study imply that also experienced researchers need to be aware of these journals. Consequently, merely informing the inexperienced researchers will not be sufficient.”

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