General Science and Philosophy

1909 Submissions

[6] viXra:1909.0343 [pdf] submitted on 2019-09-16 14:55:41

Ineffective Obsessions in Brazilian Academia and Proposals Towards Meritocracy

Authors: M. Abambres, T. Ribeiro, A. Sousa, E. Lantsoght
Comments: 18 Pages.

Albeit its constitutional claim for quality, Brazilian academia has largely been referred to as unmeritocratic and academic hiring is still inward-oriented. Lattes platform, a public curricular information system, reflects elements of this protectionism. This article assesses two ‘obsessions’ in Brazilian academia: (i) the ‘mandatory’ Lattes CV, and (ii) the candidates’ assessment criteria in public tenders for faculty positions. Several pros and cons (mostly) of the Lattes platform are identified. The following improvements are proposed: (i) evaluations in public tenders based only on candidate’s CV, interview, and a sample lecture, (ii) the dismissal of Lattes CV as a mandatory format, and (iii) the use of platforms as Microsoft Academic, Google Scholar, ORCID or ResearcherID for curricular information. With these recommendations, Brazil can move towards a more meritocratic academic hiring system.
Category: General Science and Philosophy

[5] viXra:1909.0342 [pdf] submitted on 2019-09-16 14:57:55

Research Counts, Not the Journal

Authors: M. Abambres, T. Ribeiro, A. Sousa, E. Lantsoght
Comments: 13 Pages.

‘If there is one thing every bibliometrician agrees, is that you should never use the journal impact factor (JIF) to evaluate research performance for an article or an individual – that is a mortal sin’. Few sentences could define so precisely the uses and misuses of the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) better than Anthony van Raan’s. This manuscript presents a critical overview on the international use, by governments and institutions, of the JIF and/or journal indexing information for individual research quality assessment. Interviews given by Nobel Laureates speaking on this matter are partially illustrated in this work. Furthermore, the authors propose complementary and alternative versions of the journal impact factor, respectively named Complementary (CIF) and Timeless (TIF) Impact Factors, aiming to better assess the average quality of a journal – never of a paper or an author. The idea behind impact factors is not useless, it has just been misused.
Category: General Science and Philosophy

[4] viXra:1909.0320 [pdf] submitted on 2019-09-15 20:44:04

Bye Bye Peer-Reviewed Publishing

Authors: M. Abambres, T. Salloom, N. Beganovic, R. Dojka
Comments: 55 Pages.

This work is the continuation of a ‘revolution’ started with Research Counts, Not the Journal. Own and published opinions from worldwide scientists on critical issues of peer-reviewed publishing are presented. In my opinion, peer-reviewed publishing is a quite flawed process (in many ways) that has greatly harmed Science for a long time – it has been imposed by most academic and science funding institutions as the only way to assess scientific performance. Unfortunately, most academics still follow that path, even though I believe most do it for the fear of losing their job or not being promoted. This paper aims to encourage (i) a full disruption of peer-reviewed publishing and (ii) the use of free eprint repositories for a sustainable academic/scientific publishing, i.e. healthier (no stress/distress associated to the peer review stage and the long waiting for publication) and more economic, effective and efficient (research is made immediately available and trackable/citable to anyone). On the other hand, it should be pointed out that nothing exists against scientific publishers/journals – actually it´s perfectly normal that any company wants to implement its own quality criteria. This paper is just the way chosen to promote the quick implementation of suitable policies for research evaluation.
Category: General Science and Philosophy

[3] viXra:1909.0319 [pdf] submitted on 2019-09-15 20:46:25

How (Not) to Lead Academia

Authors: M. Abambres
Comments: Pages.

This work reports several issues found by the author throughout his professional career, concerning academic leadership. Topics like (i) out-of-field teaching/researching, and (ii) time management in faculty hiring or new role assignment, are addressed. Besides, the author describes which fundamental decisions he´d take if he could manage a higher education institution or academic department. The topics covered are crucial for the success of any higher education institution, such as (a) hiring, (b) social engagement, (c) student assessment, (d) open mindedness, (e) prompt communication, and (f) passion in work.
Category: General Science and Philosophy

[2] viXra:1909.0220 [pdf] submitted on 2019-09-11 04:32:08

Measuring the Environmental Sustainability of Cities and Societies

Authors: Ricardo Alvira
Comments: 61 Pages.

Increasing evidence of the negative effects of the current human development model on the environment [e.g. climate change], make clear the decreasing capability of our planet [as environment] of sustaining human societies over time. Thus, reducing such increasing environmental unsustainability of our societies has become a priority. This requires detecting and modifying current unsustainable patterns of behavior and substituting them for others sustainable patterns. In order to undertake such transformation, we need being able to quantitatively characterize the greater or lesser environmental sustainability of different behaviors incorporated in our current ways of life, as well as those alternatives that could substitute them.
Category: General Science and Philosophy

[1] viXra:1909.0016 [pdf] submitted on 2019-09-02 00:41:30

Secondary Subelement (2019-9-3) Exercise Book of Future Science Institute, Guide Map of Secondary World, Semantic Logic of Parallel Universe

Authors: Cheng Tianren
Comments: 258 Pages.

This is a series of science textbook written by Professor Jeff, which focus on mathematics and physics only in this volume. a person who has professional research level or a student being educated in a graduate school can read our textbook without much difficulty. If you truly want to improve your knowledge by reading this textbook, it is better for you to study all the open problems mentioned in this textbook carefully. To write down your unique solutions and opening thought for these problems after your reading. Any good idea about the problems appeared in this series can be mailed to the author cheng.
Category: General Science and Philosophy