Too Big to Know

In 1665, the Royal Society launched the first scientific journal, Philosophical Transactions, which helped launch the career of Isaac Newton, who published no less than seventeen papers there.  For those of us in academia who have spent the greater part of their lives creating articles to appear, hopefully, in journals Read more…

The Cooperative Revolution

There is a particularly insidious trend in meta-analysis, that the size of research fields double every nine years. If you have tried a meta-analysis before, overwhelmed by the effort, consider that nine years later it will be twice as difficult. Something has to give. At the beginning, during the 1970s Read more…

Data Is the New Oil

And Science itself is sitting on the data motherlode. Every year, we as researchers produce trillions of dollars of the stuff and, again, that is just a single year. We have over a century of science’s “dinosaur bones” in statistical data in the stacks. However, like the oil in the Read more…