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Problems of Management in the 21st Century. Information_Tenth_CFP_PMC_2014

Dear colleagues,


We would like to invite proposals for articles for an international blind peer-review scientific journal (Tenth CFP)


“Problems of Management in the 21st Century” ISSN 2029-6932



Added by Vincentas Lamanauskas on April 12, 2014 at 5:55 — No Comments

Problems of Education in the 21st Century. Information. Twentieth_CFP_ PEC_2014

Dear colleagues,


We would like to invite proposals for articles for an international blind peer-review scientific journal (Twentieth Call for Papers)


“Problems of Education in the 21st Century” ISSN 1822-7864



Added by Vincentas Lamanauskas on April 11, 2014 at 23:09 — No Comments

Science and policy; the weakness of 'shoulds'

I've been reading this paper, produced by the Royal Society of New Zealand, on creating a "green economy" for NZ.  The Royal Society is long-established, widely respected, and could be considered very 'Establishment'.  The paper is clear and thoughtful, and I don't disagree with any of its proposals.  Why is it, then, that I read it and doubt that any of these sensible policies will be implemented?

The problem is that this mild and optimistic paper, if…


Added by Sam Bradford (Admin) on April 2, 2014 at 8:42 — No Comments

not-so intrepid Pacific culinary adventures (the faux island experience)

My current residence in Auckland is situated perhaps two hundred meters from Western Springs park, which plays host each year to Pasifika Festival, whose two days of celebration have just finished. Today I went down to the park with my partner to join in the crowds.

Pasifika Festival, first occuring in 1992, has become one of the…


Added by Grace Williams on March 9, 2014 at 18:30 — 2 Comments

architecture and the right to exhibition

Currently the Royal Academy in London plays host to a diverse group of architects in an attempt to draw attention to the influence that architecture has on our lives (and vice versa). The exhibition is called Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined, and runs until the sixth of April. Kate Goodwin, the curator, has put together this wonderful blog which outlines the creation and reception of the…


Added by Grace Williams on February 28, 2014 at 11:30 — 4 Comments

(vague, disconnected) thoughts on Lem's Solaris

Recently I read Solaris, a science fiction novel written by Stanislaw Lem in the 60s. I have read few works of science fiction, and this was an exciting introduction to a genre which, to me, seems flexible in its ability to work out ideas on society and existentialism.

The story concerns a man called Kris, first introduced as he is preparing to leave for Solaris [space] Station, where live-in scientists spend their…


Added by Grace Williams on February 24, 2014 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

quote: on Russian science

I'm currently reading Neil Ascherson's Black Sea, a broad and very readable overview of the region's history.  This passage stood out to me:

'Science' is the word Russian archaeologists use to describe the whole profession of knowledge to which they belong. The word in Russian has none of the limitation to physical sciences or technology which it has acquired in English; a philologist or an art historian is as much a scientist as…


Added by Sam Bradford (Admin) on February 24, 2014 at 7:19 — 1 Comment

Link: discussion on 'public intellectuals'

This is a discussion (very USA-focused) prompted by a New York Times article which complains about the decline of 'public intellectuals'.  I don't think the original article is particularly good, but at the link there is interesting debate about whether academics within institutions are well-equipped to talk to the public, and also anecdotal evidence that some of the most able…


Added by Sam Bradford (Admin) on February 19, 2014 at 7:26 — No Comments

Resource: African Journals Online

This site is an index of thousands of articles published in reputable African journals.  The site explains its mission thus:


"Important areas of research in Africa are not necessarily covered by publications from the developed world. African countries need to collectively play a greater role in the global online scholarly environment. African researchers also need access to their own continent's…


Added by Sam Bradford (Admin) on February 6, 2014 at 15:14 — No Comments

briefly: archiving fashion in Kyoto

I have recently come across the website of the Kyoto Costume Institute, an establishment whose mission seems to be researching the place of clothing, design and textiles in our lives across time and the world, with a particular eye to the relationship between Japanese designs and their counterparts in different contexts. Clothing, the president of the Institute argues, changes as we do, and its changes are reflective (or constructive) of other changes at different…


Added by Grace Williams on February 5, 2014 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Food -- waste and responsibility

There has been some interesting reporting recently in the Guardian about this case, in which three men who had taken dumped food from a supermarket skip in London were prosecuted for theft. (The charges were dropped at the request of the supermarket management -- whether for sincere reasons or PR reasons is difficult to know.)

I think prosecuting…


Added by Sam Bradford (Admin) on February 3, 2014 at 23:09 — 2 Comments

on pilgrimage: the French Way of St James

This morning I watched an interesting documentary on the pilgrims of the French Way of St James, at the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka. The pilgrimage, for those that have not heard of it before, is intended to be a journey from one's home (and, being the French Way, it is implied that the pilgrim resides in, or at least begins their journey, along one of the designated routes in France) to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (in Galicia, Spain), where it…


Added by Grace Williams on January 31, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Member activities in the front seat

Over the last two weeks Sam and I have rearranged the menus, reduced the number of groups, and generally tried to simplify the navigation.

Yesterday I took the plunge and switched the site layout to a new Ning template: "Avant Garde" and using two columns instead of three.

The left-hand column is dedicated to making member contributions more obvious, and the right-hand column holds the…


Added by Peter J. Matthews on January 24, 2014 at 7:49 — No Comments

The "Negatome Database for Organic Chemistry reactions" (NDOCdatabank)

I am glad to present to all the members of "The Research cooperative" a new database, the "NDOCdata-bank".

The "Negatome Database for Organic Chemistry reactions" is an information bank in which are collected information of non-performing reactions in organic chemistry. Aim of this project is to promote a share of information in the scientific community useful to avoid the effects related with the debacle of the chemical reactions. If you would like to add a failed interaction derived…


Added by Raffaele Conte on January 23, 2014 at 19:30 — No Comments

HAU -- an Open Access role model?

Today I came across HAU, an ethnological journal now up to Volume 3, Issue 3.  In their own words, it's: " international peer-reviewed, open-access journal which aims to situate ethnography as the prime heuristic of anthropology, and return it to the forefront of conceptual developments in the discipline."


What stands out about this journal is that it is peer-reviewed, has…


Added by Sam Bradford (Admin) on January 22, 2014 at 16:49 — No Comments

Researchers in developing countries -- what's missing?

It's undeniable that the centres of power in the world of academic publishing are still in the USA and Europe, and while getting published in a famous journal is not easy for anyone, it's almost impossible for a researcher who isn't attached to a big US/UK/Euro institution.

Of course, the Internet has opened up dozens of other possibilities for publishing, which is a very good thing.  Although some will misuse this (see my …


Added by Sam Bradford (Admin) on January 21, 2014 at 16:35 — No Comments

a foreign beginner's (incomplete) guide to archaeological museums in Kyoto

My partner and I, residing currently in Kyoto, began an attempt to find, visit and map museums in the Kyoto prefecture with a particular focus on its archaeological history: the attempt, with successes and failures, is outlined here. From a list of eleven or twelve museums, we managed to make it to five; of the five we made it to, we managed to view exhibitions at only two of them.

Kyoto prefecture has a rich history…


Added by Grace Williams on January 20, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

'Predatory publishers': thoughts on the Beall list

Today I came across Jeffrey Beall's website, which lists what he considers to be 'predatory publishers' -- scammers who create low-quality scholarly journals and charge researchers to have their papers published in them.  To be honest, until very recently I had no idea how widespread this problem was.  I recommend visiting the site, if you haven't before, for a look at the diversity of these scams, whose activities range from…


Added by Sam Bradford (Admin) on January 17, 2014 at 17:42 — 2 Comments

Why this website exists -- a personal take on 'scientific community'

[Academia has always been a strange mix of altruistic impulses and personal ambition. The love of knowledge itself is usually considered a good thing, because it spurs investigation and creates new knowledge that is (ideally) made available to all. Thus the pride of the researcher is forgiven. ]


Researchers know…


Added by Samuel Bradford on January 14, 2014 at 16:29 — 1 Comment

BJCEM_2CFP_2014. Baltic Journal of Career Education and Management

Dear colleagues,


We would like to invite proposals for articles for an international blind peer-review scientific journal (Second Call for Papers)


“Baltic Journal of Career Education and Management” ISSN 2345-0193



Added by Vincentas Lamanauskas on December 29, 2013 at 5:21 — No Comments

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