Mashable posted an introduction to Google+’s new default privacy settings which now allows Google+ users to email without email addresses. Mashable summarizes the main changes which come with the new privacy default settings along with a handy “how to” manage the settings should you not wish for the increased Google+ accessibility.
Google has promised to alert users via email when they have the option to change their settings as they roll out the feature over the next few days.
As with all online platforms, take a close look at the privacy settings. Only share what you feel comfortable sharing.
Some sites frequently change their privacy settings and policies so keep in the loop with these updates.
What do you think of the the changes to Google+? Handy social media tool or breach of privacy?
In an article Miller posted last year on Medium.com, the now 23-year-old Branch CEO forecasted, “Facebook may have an irreversibly bad brand.” Miller will now be part of turning things around for the social media networking service, “After two years building Branch and Potluck, I am thrilled to announce we will be continuing our mission at Facebook!” Branch is to expand to Facebook scale, starting a Facebook ‘conversations’ unit aimed at promoting interest based interaction between users. The project is part of an overall Facebook initiative aimed at generating a more refined dialogue and supporting a News Feed composed of actual news.
Do you think “Facebook may have an irreversibly bad brand?” Is Branch just what Facebook needs? Will you stick around to see? Let us know by commenting below.
Quiz time! How long would you estimate it takes for a paper to go through peer review?
On average, it takes 80 days per paper or 1,920 hours (according to an article by M. Ware in Publishing Research Consortium). That’s a lot of time spent waiting for a decision. In hopes to alievating this pain point, Wiley is piloting “transferable peer review.” As outlined in a recent Wiley Exchanges article, this new system will cut down on review time.
Here are a few of the main points:
- The system allows you the option to preserve and transfer initial peer review, should you receive a decision to reject from one journal and wish to request transfer to another.
- The review is now able to travel with the article on its route to publication. By reducing the number of reviews in the universe, the aim is to reduce the burden on reviewers, while helping editors to make faster decisions and increase the publication speed.
There are initiatives to take some journals out of the peer review process altogether and detach reviewer reports from publication in a specific journal. Many authors know which journals they would prefer to publish and would rather not be told which journal they should submit. Many authors do not want undesirable journals to bid for publication of their paper.
For more information, check out the full article visit the Wiley Exchanges page here.
Wiley author Bikramjit Basu, was awarded 2013’s Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Award. The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology is awarded annually by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India, for outstanding research in subjects including the chemical sciences.
Dr Basu was honored for his work with encompassing theory and experiments to significantly enhance the understanding of in-vitro cell functionality modulation on engineered biomaterials using electric field simulation approach.
Bikramjit Basu, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. His research interests include ceramic and polymer-based biocompatible materials, nanoceramics and nanoceramic composites, and tribology of advanced materials. Additionally, he has received the Coble Award of the American Ceramic Society in 2008 and was recognized by the Indian National Science Academy and the Indian National Academy of Engineering. Bikramjit Basu has co-authored several titles for Wiley-ACerS including: Tribology of Ceramics and Composites: Materials Science Perspective, Advanced Biomaterials: Fundamentals, Processing, and Applications, and, Advanced Structural Ceramics.
You can read more about the prize and previous winners in Angewandte Chemie: Volume 51, Issue 50.
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