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Since the dawn of the Internet, it has been clear that we need and have the opportunity to build a system of scholarly communication free of limitations of print: a system freely accessible to all authors and readers with a new model of peer review optimized for a digital age
The ideal system would feature: 1) universal author-driven publication (currently known as preprints) as the primary means of communication, 2) robust and multi-faceted post-publication peer review and curation, and 3) direct funding to eliminate all paywalls & transaction costs
This is, and has been, technologically feasible for a quarter century. There has been progress towards this goal in various places - expansion of preprint servers, growth of #openaccess, funder mandates, creation of overlay journals. But progress has been frustratingly slow.
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why i am no longer publishing (my own) #research in #academic journals - a (long) thread 1/38

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #academicpublishing #academicjournals #peerreview #ecrchat #OpenScience #publicationbias

(some references at the end of the thread)
(i still have a few collaborative papers to write and these will be published properly for the benefit of my co-authors)

i will soon publish a paper on a pre-print server, with no intention of submitting to an academic journal. my reasons for this are manifold 2/38
1. #academia is inherently corrupt & the publication model facilitates this:
- unpaid labour (editors, peer-reviewers,& authors [ok, they do get paid by the uni which oft = public funds yet journals privately profit & we see none of this unlike other forms of publishing]) 3/38
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Who dominates the debate about #Brexit 🇪🇺 in the #UK 🇬🇧? 📢 In this new article in #PRX (@ecpr's new #OpenAccess journal) @hoennige, @dominic_nyhuis, @PhiMeyer, @SusumuShikano & I analyse visibility bias and mentions of MPs in reporting on #Brexit |… 1/7
Using automated text analysis of 58,247 newspaper articles published July 2017-March 2019, we find
1) #ConservativeParty MPs were strongly overrepresented in ALL (!) newspapers - irrespective of left/right or pro/anti-#Brexit position (71% of all MP mentions vs 48% of seats) 2/7
2) #ConservativeParty backbenchers who were part of pro-#Brexit pressure groups #LeaveMeansLeave or #EuropeanResearchGroup were overrepresented among Con backbenchers, yet the same was not true for backbench members of the anti-Brexit #PeoplesVote campaign 3/7
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We published something from a strange time:

"The Pandemic will not be on Zoom: A retrospective from the year 2050”…

@mbrownz @donenda @BlueLilyMist1
The Pandemic will not teach you algebra when old people equal zero

The Pandemic will not prepare you for jobs that don't exist yet when jobs don't exist

The Pandemic will not give you tenure
The Pandemic will not cite your work

The Pandemic will not be patented, copyrighted, contained or explained

The Pandemic will not be described in 500 words by next Friday because the Pandemic will not be on Zoom
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(1/16)THREAD: 18 months ago, Dr. Caroline Fox & I were invited to be co-editors for a @cjasn Special Series on Kidney Disease Genomics. We're so appreciative of the outstanding authors who agreed to contribute reviews & are thrilled to see them coming out…
(2/16)From methods & tools of discovery to clinical applications, there are #kidneyomics topics from all perspectives. Importantly @CJASN chose to make all reviews #OpenAccess. Given this, it seemed a great time to shine a light on the first 13 that have already been published.
(3/16) In the Intro, Caroline & I share our dual motivation for putting together this series. To inform the reader of the current clinical impact of genomics in nephrology & the tools & technologies that exist to empower future kidney genomic discovery…
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We are really excited that our work showing how pervasive lesion segregation shapes cancer genome evolution is published today in @nature.…

Here’s a #tweetorial to explain our #LesionSegregation findings...

Human cancer genomes are unavoidably confounded by genetic and environmental differences. Such intrinsic heterogeneity hinders our ability to disentangle biases of DNA damage and repair. So we used an in vivo oncogenesis model to re-run cancer evolution hundreds of times.
WGS of mutagen-initiated tumours showed a high burden of point mutations, comparable to human cancers caused by exogenous mutagens, e.g. lung and skin cancer. The tumours are dominated by thymine mutations (“DEN signature”) and driver mutations in the EGFR-RAS-RAF pathway.
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My paper on the high cost of prescription drugs and possible solutions is out. I go into how US policies (or lack thereof) affect prices in other countries. #BCJ
#OpenAccess #CostVR #insulin4all @MayoClinic…
There are no easy answers because the factors contributing to high prices are myriad, and come from all different directions. There are factors unique to the US, which are not operational elsewhere. We need many policy changes in order to have an impact.…
Looks like a laundry list of things going on, because a laundry list of things is going on. Everything I mention plays an active role in high prices. We cannot control prices without looking at this 360°

There are things individual docs can do. So don’t wait for policy changes.
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#GW190814 — The mystery of a 2.6 solar mass compact object?…
#GW190814's masses are unlike anything we've seen before. The lower mass object could be a unexpectedly massive neutron star (making it our 1st neutron star–black hole), or it could be the smallest black hole ever found!

📊:… Masses in the stellar graveyard
#GW190814 was detected 14 August 2019 (on the second birthday of GW170814 🎁). It was sent out as candidate #S190814bv. After lots of careful analysis, I'm excited to share our results (it's more interesting than I initially suspected)
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"The impact of digital technology use on adolescent well-being"

New lit. review together with @NiklasJohannes, just published in "Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience".

👇 Thread with main conclusions 👇(1/8)
1. The general effects of digital technology use on well-being are likely in the negative spectrum, but very small—potentially too small to matter. (2/8)
2. No screen time is created equal; different uses will lead to different effects. (3/8)
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New #openaccess paper out today in Population, Space and Place with @pdqnorman ‘Establishing a framework of analysis for selective sorting and changing health gradients’ #healthinequality #migration #deprivation #socialmobility 1/
Inequalities in health are well documented. But it is less clear why inequalities between people and places change over time. One mechanism may be the redistribution of differently healthy people between locations, area types or social classes. 2/
The relationship between different socio-spatial trajectories and health inequalities is widely explored. But conclusions vary, in part due to different approaches employed. 3/
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I'm not the only person to offer a substantive critique of "transformative agreements," but I'm going to share my thoughts on why I believe they're a con.

Please share widely and add things because this isn't meant to be exhaustive

First of all, I'm tired of UC jiving us for years about so-called transformative agreements (TA). They aren't transformative. They are daylight robbery and a luxury we can't afford.

Most importantly, TA doesn't shift the means of publishing away from the monopolists. 2/
TA doesn't change ownership and control of journals away from the oligopoly and over to academia/scholars/researchers/readers. Paying a handsome price for the monopolists to make articles OA is a conservative approach to OA that strengthens existing commercial publishers 3/
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Writing is hard. Writing concisely is especially hard yet it’s a crucial skill for scientists to develop.

This past winter, I wrote a paper to help: “Simple rules for concise scientific writing”

It’s now out and #OpenAccess:…

A thread... 1/18
“I am writing a longer letter than usual because there is not enough time to write a short one.”
--Blaise Pascal (ca. 1657)

This quote sums it up! Concise writing takes time. You have to *work* at it.

So, what does it mean to write concisely?

It means you are clearly giving the reader all of the information they need in as few words as possible. You're being brief but comprehensive. Not trivial, huh?

But, we can make it easier. Let's go through some "rules."

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In response to and solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter , @icsjournal has put together the following list of articles that have dealt with questions of race, discrimination and oppression and have been published by the journal over the years. The are all #openaccess now
.@a_kanjere has written about the discursive strategies employed to defend #whiteness and white innocence in the comments sections of articles written by authors of colour:…
In an article from 2012 @schradie explores how class, race and ethnicity intersect with social media inequalities, in particular with regard to blogging:…
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Thrilled to share our work showing ASCL1 transcriptionally activates DARPP-32 to promote small cell #lungcancer growth published in @BrJCancer. #OpenAccess A thread! 1/…
This project was admirably led by a talented postdoc, @kayumalam, and resulted from outstanding @UMNresearch, @UMNCancer, and @MayoClinic
collaborations with @cauyrd, Dr. Farhad Kosari, and Dr. Anja Roden. Thanks to all co-authors for their important contributions! 2/
DARPP-32 and its N-terminally truncated splice variant, named t-DARPP, promote oncogenesis in a variety of adenocarcinomas, but the role of DARPP-32 in neuroendocrine tumors hadn't been explored yet. 3/
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Editorial: Failing to address the burden of alcohol #alcohol #liverdisease #inequality #openaccess
Research: Projected prevalence and mortality associated with alcohol-related liver disease in the USA, 2019–40: a modelling study
Comment: The importance of preventing alcohol-related liver disease in the USA
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Before I hand over @HistorianofIran to my successor, the one and only @Mar_Musa. Here is a meta-thread linking all the threads from this week in, hopefully, chronological order. Thank you all for this week. It was great, and now I need some rest.~tw 1/
Monday we started out with #bookhistory, still an emerging field interesting to every #twittistorian. Starting out with evening the playing field and some general remarks:
~tw 2/
Linking that to the 16th-century Damascene scholar and author Muḥammad Ibn Ṭūlūn. ~tw 3/
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Tremendous thanks to @prof_vaccari and @mlmillerphd for shepherding my article and others as part of this great special issue by #IJPP on "Digital Threats to Democracy"- available #OpenAccess this week! (1/n)
My article surveys policy proposals and debates in 10 countries and the EU, and shows how different democratic goods are the focus of different policy sectors: national security, electoral regulation, and media regulation (2/n)
Its spark was a workshop with @HeidiTworek @mckelveyf and the @ppforumca in 2018. We had int’l experts and Cdn gov officials do tabletop simulations to respond to disinfo attacks. It led to our report on Cdn policy options for harmful speech…. (3/n)
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Personal news: after 6 unforgettable years, I am stepping down from my leadership role at @NYCHealthSystem. Mixed emotions to say the least! But most of all I feel grateful to have served the mission of this extraordinary organization.
Please indulge me as I recount some of our proudest accomplishments on behalf of patients. Far and away the most important one was forging this amazing team—
Our vision was to build a better health system, one with a more proactive approach to addressing avoidable human suffering. More on what that means here:…
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China abandons GDP target for first time in decades. Historical decision, significance goes beyond current COVID-19 crisis. (1/5) #GDP #China #TwoSessions
Very wise to drop GDP target. Many, including Liu He, probably want to see it disappear permanently. But GDP target much more than a policy goal. GDP growth = foundation CCP's legitimacy for over 30 yrs. Scrapping 2020 target also affects CCPs long-term promises and goals.. (2/5)
What is next? Do GDP targets (including long term 2020-target) permanently disappear? Simply postpone achieving 'moderately prosperous society' for 1 year? Or further redefine this long-term goal? Shift to (more) environment, health, well-being targets? (3/5)
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Seen this image before? If you’ve read abt Islamic history, I bet you have, but rarely is its significance ever discussed. It’s a library of sorts, but a very special sort. This image is one of the earliest depictions of a local *public* library in the Islamic world. A thread …
The image comes from a masterpiece of Arabic book art by a certain Yaḥyā al-Wāsiṭī, who copied and illustrated the Maqāmāt (“assemblies”) of al-Ḥarīrī (d. 1122) in 1237 CE. It is currently held @laBnF, and you can view the entire thing here:…
The scene that it illustrates is important: Ḥarīrī’s Maqāmāt is a picaresque narrated by a certain al-Ḥārith ibn Hammām who follows a roguish, itinerant con man named Abū Zayd al-Sarūjī across the Islamic world. (Each location/scenario is a maqāmah; Ḥarīrī has 50 in all.)
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New evidence that helps to understand the northern #Laos #rubber boom from our researcher Victoria Junquera and colleagues! Get the #openaccess paper @ELSenviron here and have a look at the thread for a broad overview of the results.
Agricultural expansion is a main cause of #deforestation and sometimes occurs in the form of “#cropbooms”—very rapid and intense expansion. Rubber expanded in a boom-like fashion in northern Laos and other parts of #SoutheastAsia in the last decade.
Following earlier work (, we conduct a spatially-explicit analysis of rubber expansion in two study areas during 2000-2017. We analyze the role of prices, context, forest protection, and imitation with a Bayesian network model and regression analysis.
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Start updating your #BlackDeath lectures, folks! Hannah Barker has just released a pre-print of her eye-popping, paradigm-shifting study: "Laying the Corpses to Rest: Grain, Embargoes, and Yersinia pestis in the Black Sea, 1346-1348,"… #GlobalMiddleAges
I'll be tweeting some significant findings from this paper over the next several days, as we build up to next week's "Mother of All Pandemics" session sponsored by the @MedievalAcademy (…). Today, just fn. 3, on Issyk Kul.
fn. 3: "Since Lake Issyk Kul is located near a plague reservoir, this outbreak may have no causal connection with the Second Pandemic." Okay, so what's Issyk Kul, and what has it ever played any role in #BlackDeath narratives?
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We found unique breast immune cells in the duct walls – ductal macrophages. They remove dying cells, help remodelling + are key players in cancer.

How did we get from this first sighting to finding their identity and function? Follow this thread!
1/n Discovery of mammary ductal macrophagesTissue-resident ductal macrophages survey the mammary epithelium and facilitate tissue remodelling
The breast contains mammary ducts surrounded by fat, blood vessels, immune + other cells.

We use 3D imaging to investigate the complex relationships b/w these cells to better understand disease.
#microscopy #mammarygland
The ducts form a tree that branches through the breast and blooms and recedes in pregnancy and weaning. These are precancerous mouse ducts, alveoli in lactation and a summary of development in mice.
3/n Precancerous mammary ductsMicroscopic breast alveoli in lactation
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We reviewed and analyzed the #academic #literature to answer the following questions: How have #Indigenous peoples participated in #environmentalmonitoring, and how has their #participation influenced #monitoring #objectives, #indicators, #methods, and #monitoring #outcomes?
Findings: 1. The literature most often characterized participation as data collection;
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