How to navigate ethical challenges in scholarly publishing


Wiley Exchanges is another one of our resources for authors. Recently, Exchanges posted some new content focusing on this week’s release of Best Practice Guidelines on Publishing Ethics: A Publisher’s Perspective, Second Edition, an update to the Wiley publication ethics guidelines first published in 2006.

The aim for these guidelines stands as support all those involved in scholarly publishing with a summary of best practice guidance from leading organizations around the world.

Navigate the ethical challenges in scholarly publishing via Exchanges highlights of the updated guidelines titled Top 10 tips for navigating ethical challenges in scholarly publishing here.

Additionally, read Best Practice Guidelines on Publishing Ethics: A Publisher’s Perspective, Second Edition, in full, here.

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How to maximize the usage and impact of your published articles

Earlier in the year the article, “Kudos where it’s due: An interview with Charlie Rapple,” (Kudos co-founder) went live on Wiley Exchanges. Together with fellow publishing consultants Melinda Kenneway and David Sommer, Rapple designed Kudos to help scholars and their institutions increase the impact of their published research articles. When the interview published Kudos was a new service under development.

After a successful alpha launch, Kudos announced on Thursday a new partnership with Wiley to enable authors to measure, monitor, and maximize the usage and impact of their published articles by providing a new way for them to use social media to engage the digital community with their research.  Now more users will be able to access the tool.

From April 2014, the Kudos platform will be freely available across a representative trial of articles from Wiley’s Global Research portfolio.

To find out more read the official press release.

Read the full Wiley Exchanges’ interview with Charlie Rapple here.

How to email like it’s 2014


As a society accustomed to instant communication: text, voice and video calls, instant messaging, email can often feel clunky. Back in October, the platform formally known as Ping, now Hop, debuted as an alternative to traditional email with the message: “Your email. Reimagined:” Part e-mail, part instant messaging, Hop folded voice, text messaging and video calls into one as “to create a more streamlined, instantaneous process.”

Hop, Viber, the-newly-sold-for-$19-billion-dollars-to-facebook whatsApp, there is a clear move towards enhanced instant communication. While as of now the platforms are typically utilized within one’s personal realm, there is much potential already shifting towards professional use. With platforms offering capabilities such as instantaneously promoting a newly published paper, dispersing videos highlighting your research, keeping current on breaking edge discoveries… enhanced email could potentially combine the instantaneous features of social media with the personal and professional reach of email.

Sound Off: Email like it’s 2014? Is enhanced email the wave of the future or a soon to be fleeting trend.

How to be (more) interesting


It’s Friday, the weekend (and Super Bowl XLVIII) abounds, you’ve got plans… Perhaps you’re off to a party, maybe preparing for an interview, perchance presenting at a conference. The common denominator being you’ve got to keep it interesting. Sound lofty? Au contraire, much of our day to day requires we captivate.

A few weeks ago we spoke with serial entrepreneur (and Wiley author) Larry Myler.  We interviewed Larry in regards to his large social media presence. When inquiring how to establish an online presence, he told us his secret which simply put is, “be interesting,” a tenant that in context may have stemmed from social media but in practice is universally applicable.

As enthralling as we most certainly all already are, a few tips never hurt. Forbes conveniently published a ten step guide (complete with sketches), reminding us how to stay fascinating. Check out a few of our favorite tips below:

  • Give it a shot: Try it out. Play around with a new idea. Do something strange. If you never leave your comfort zone, you won’t grow.
  • Embrace your innate weirdness: No one is normal. Everyone has quirks and insights unique to themselves. Don’t hide these things—they are what make you interesting.
  • Do something. Anything: Read. Write. Talk. Build. Network. Play. Help. Create. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you’re doing it.

Read How To Be More Interesting (In 10 Simple Steps) in full and check out all of Larry Myler’s tips in our recent interview.

Alzheimer Nederland engages youth

Ever misplace a pair of glasses? Been guilty of searching for a set of keys? Slight memory lapses are common yet to imagine the plight of an Alzheimer’s sufferer is to most, incomprehensible.

Alzheimer Nederland, a Dutch Alzheimer’s group, launched a Facebook campaign to engage younger audiences in the fight against dementia. The tag and photo functionalities of Facebook were employed in the campaign to let people experience, just for a moment, the impact of Alzheimer’s disease in their own familiar surroundings.

Users didn’t even have to Like Dutch Alzheimer’s Facebook page to get the message, instead, the advocacy group partnered with unrelated organizations on Facebook to spread the message, bolstering the confusion, furthering the effect. The effort, which ran in December, tagged random users in photos taken at events they did not attend. The users then received the message: “Confusing, right? You’re now experiencing what it’s like to have Alzheimer’s disease.”

Alzheimer Nederland’s campaign shows how untraditional application of social media can powerfully convey a message, compelling both users and non-users alike to attention; In this case it’s providing awareness, though the possibilities for transcending demographics and platforms are endless.

Want to know more? Visit the Alzheimer Nederland website and browse our library of social media posts.

The year of oddball interview questions


“If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?” At a loss for words?… You may want to brush up on your answer should you find yourself in the job market. After gathering tens of thousands of interview questions from job applicants throughout the year, Glassdoor has posted their annual Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions of 2014. An array of familiar companies top the list with questions such as “How many square feet of pizza is eaten in the US each year?” “Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?” and “If you were a pizza deliveryman how would you benefit from scissors?”

FastCompany reports businesses are abandoning traditional interview questions, citing a need for candidates to demonstrate their uniqueness, personality, and dynamic skillsets. As outlined in How To Be A Success At Everything: The Case For Ditching Traditional Job Interviews, the traditional job interview where a candidate sits across from a hiring manager–or a team of prospective colleagues–and gets hammered with questions such as “where do you see yourself in five years?” and “what do you think you can offer our organization?” is becoming more and more outdated as job seekers are increasingly versed at offering what they believe the interviewer wants to hear as  the “right” answer, potentially concealing problematic behaviors.

The list, along with the article, brings up interesting points about the “experience” of interviewing. Check out the full list here, and while you’re at it take a peek at Mashable’s Top 13 Oddball Questions (complete with pictures).

Bill Gates talks Gates 2014 Annual Letter, Microsoft, and Vaclav Smil


This morning the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation released their 2014 Annual Letter, an attempt to debunk commonly held beliefs in development economics. Quartz sat down with Mr. Gates to discuss everything from work and philanthropy to the goings on of his day to day life.

Click here to read the entire interview, which includes some great points such as how Mr. Gates juggles his work at the Gates Foundation with his work at Microsoft, highlights from the annual letter and Mr. Gates habit of veracious reading (spoiler his reading list includes Wiley author Dr. Vaclav Smil’s latest book).