Evolving notes, images and sounds by Luis Apiolaza

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Academic publication boycott

The last few weeks there has been a number of researchers calling for, or supporting, a boycott against Elsevier; for example, Scientific Community to Elsevier: Drop Dead, Elsevier—my part in its downfall or, more general, Should you boycott academic publishers?

What metrics are used to compare Elsevier to other publishers? It is common to refer to cost-per-article; for example, in my area Forest Ecology and Management (one of the most popular general Forestry Journals) charges USD 31.50 per article but Tree Genetics and Genomes (published by Springer Verlag) costs EUR 34.95 (roughly USD 46). Continue reading

An R wish list for 2012

I expect there will be many reviews and wish lists for R this year, with many of them focusing on either running speed or dealing with large data sets. However, most issues that I would like to see tackled in R next year are not technical but, for lack of a better word, social.

Many users will first encounter R through the r-project.org website. This site is begging for a redesign, which could start getting rid of the frames (which have sucked since a long time ago). At a minimum, this would make pages much easier to bookmark.

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Shaken

We had a beautiful day sightseeing Banks Peninsula when another quake hit Christchurch: magnitude 5.8 at 1:58pm local time. This has been followed by numerous aftershocks, including a 6.0 at 3:18pm. The MQZ quake drum looked like this:

MQZ quake drum
MQZ quake drum, near Christchurch.

Tomorrow is another day (probably filled with aftershocks).

Hiking

Stitched pictures of the view, courtesy of Hugin and Skitch.

Traveling with friends and family, view from Green Lake towards Lake Tarawera, North Island, New Zealand. Time for walks, nice meals and setting R aside (although I have a few drafts for the blog soon to be published). Now back in the South Island we prepare for a great weekend with more walks, food and friends. Merry Christmas.

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