Discussion led by Drs. Mary Hunsicker and Stacy Rebich Hespanha
On Friday, February 28 from 12:15 to 1:30, we’ll be extending our earlier discussion of the environmental ethics of research travel to taking a closer look at virtual meetings and collaboration.
In preparation for the meeting, please check out the following (short) readings:
Please also come prepared to discuss your perceptions of the obstacles faced by would-be virtual collaborators and your ideas for how some of these barriers could be overcome. We have alloted time for each person to share his/her idea(s) on innovative ways to overcome barriers (2 minutes per idea). We encourage you to prepare 1 powerpoint for each idea and send them to Mary prior to the Roundtable.
For some virtual meeting-related chuckles, check these out:
I’ll be leading a Roundtable discussion on Wednesday 8 January 2014 on the environmental ethics of traveling for environmental research. If you would like to prepare for the discussion by reading, I’ve found a few things that you might be interested in. If you know of any other good readings on the topic, please suggest in the comments section below!
Criticisms of air travel for environmental research
Quantifying the environmental impact of air travel
Possible justifications of travel for environmental research
Possible technical or market solutions?
Deeper background reading on environmental ethics
Two very interesting developments today in the land of preprints for all biologists. First, anyone can now publish unlimited free preprints at PeerJ. At the same time, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s new bioRxiv has finally gone live. It seeks to mimic the ever popular arXiv, but for biology. Definitely turning a corner here in terms of making preprints for EEB (and biology in general) ubiquitous and easy!
The folk over at PeerJ have an offer for field biologists this month. Do you have “ecology”, “ecosystem science”, “marine biology”, “plant sciences” or “zoology” as a subject area for your work? Great – it’s free for this month only.
Interesting promotion, and great to see them reaching out to the EEMB community!
Just saw The potential of preprints to accelerate scholarly communication – A bibliometric analysis based on selected journals by Valerie Aman over at arXiv. Very interesting piece, particularly the extensive analyses showing that many papers in preprint have a huge impact often up to a year before they’re “published”. Very cool, and worth checking out.
Great post over an the International Network of Next-Generation Ecologists – The case for arXiv and a broader conception of peer-reviews