Authors from the periphery countries choose open access more often – the final version is published

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The final version of the article “Authors from the periphery countries choose open access more often” has been published by Learned Publishing. You can find it here.

Open access preprint is still available on my Figshare. Feel free to download it and share it with friends. I would be also happy to get your comments.

I will make the final version open access after an embargo period.

Authors from the periphery countries choose open access more often

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I have submitted a paper “Authors from the periphery countries choose open access more often” to the journal Learned Publishing. You can find a preprint on Figshare. Here goes the abstract:

In this article I analyse attitudes of academic authors toward open access and frequency of choosing open access publication venues by them. I characterize differences between authors based in the periphery countries and the core countries, with regard to choosing so called gold open access as a way of publishing academic articles. The data were obtained with an on-line survey. Emails containing links to the survey were sent to 107,296 scholars listed on the mailing lists belonging to De Gruyter Open, from December 2015 to January 2016. 1012 responses were received. Authors from the periphery countries publish their articles in gold open access more often. They also pay open access publication fees equally often as those based in the core countries. The reasons for that are complex, involving both their preference to publish in open access and the composition of publishing market in the periphery.

The poorer country is, the bigger share of open access is obtained by its authors

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I am publishing a map showing how often authors of top scientific
articles from particular countries publish their works in open access

The map is published under CC-BY-NC-SA license, since it based on data that were licensed in the same way.

The data about publishing output has been manually scraped
from the “Country Outputs” section of Nature Index website on 16th
August. They cover a period from June 2015 to May 2016. Only articles
classified in to a category of “Physical Sciences” were counted.

Don’t use Survey Monkey, use Drupal with Webform

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Webform is a Drupal module, which might be used to design a survey of any length. It supports skip logic and CSV export. It is (almost) all you need to conduct a full scale on-line survey. It also gives you full control over your data. Since it is totally unacceptable for me to take a risk of data lose, even if this risk is hypothetical only, I’ve outed all third-party services after reading their “terms of services”.

Some time ago, when I contacted my colleague who works in a marketing research, to discuss with him some nuances of random sampling in social researches, he reciprocated with the question do I know a good tool for on-line surveys. I was quite surprised, since I thought that this should be not a problem to find such a tool, especially if you are a research professional and you know what are you looking for. Well, apparently I was wrong.

The World Philosophy Day. Does the Prince still need Machiavelli?

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Those who strive to obtain the good graces of a prince are accustomed to come before him with such things as they hold most precious, or in which they see him take most delight; whence one often sees horses, arms, cloth of gold, precious stones, and similar ornaments presented to princes, worthy of their greatness.

Desiring therefore to present myself to your Magnificence with some testimony of my devotion towards you, I have not found among my possessions anything which I hold more dear than, or value so much as, the knowledge of the actions of great men, acquired by long experience in contemporary affairs, and a continual study of antiquity; which, having reflected upon it with great and prolonged diligence, I now send, digested into a little volume, to your Magnificence.

And although I may consider this work unworthy of your countenance, nevertheless I trust much to your benignity that it may be acceptable, seeing that it is not possible for me to make a better gift than to offer you the opportunity of understanding in the shortest time all that I have learnt in so many years, and with so many troubles and dangers;(…)


Why to use Enigmail for encrypted email communication?

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I’ve added my PGP public key to the Contact section of the blog, so now anyone can send me an encrypted message.

Using PGP is very easy in behalf of the Enigmail, an extension to popular mail clients such as Thunderbird or SeaMonkey. Encrypting emails with Enigmail shouldn’t be a problem for anyone who was able to learn how to change page settings in MS Word-like text editor. So if you have always wanted to enjoy some privacy in email communication simply install this easy to use plug-in.

I am neither the member of a conspiracy of any kind, nor I plan acts of violence. I simply believe that some people may feel that their freedom to contact other people is limited by electronic surveillance, especially (but not only) if they are living under a dictatorship regime.

Visualizing Polish agriculture on maps with Processing – code, data, tips

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Growth of share of population in retirement age from the year 2005 to 2014 in %

Growth of share of population in retirement age in %

Sometimes visualizing data on maps makes everything obvious. I’ve really enjoyed creating maps with Processing although the tool is quite slow. Please find all of my code, data and shape files I was working on here, with some tips in addition. I’ve improved comments in code in comparison to previous versions. Hope you enjoy it.

I‘ve finished my participation in the “Public Institutions and Private Succession in an Ageing and Shrinking Europe” project, with the outcome of three big datasets describing Poland in numbers, more than dozen maps and some Processing code that I’ve used to create them. I’ve employed geoMap library by GiCenter to turn Processing into a map drawing tool.

It has took me almost a month to find some time to write this post and share the maps and the code I’ve used to create them. Sorry for that, I will try to write posts here more often in future.

Another map with Processing – share of agricultural workers in Poland

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This map probably won’t surprise you, neither with its merit nor with the way it has been done. But I needed it, so I decided to share here the map itself, with data and a code.



What does the rural population growth in Poland mean? – Visualizing data on map with Processing

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I’ve made a map with Processing, to show data about population change in Poland on a community level. I provide here the code, my data and some tips.

Recently I’ve joined research project entitled ‘Public Institution and Private Succession in an Ageing and Shrinking Europe’, headed by Andrew Cartwright from Central European University in Budapest. I am conducting data analyse for Polish part of the research. First research question that I was supposed to answer was “How looks rural/urban population split in last ten years in Poland?”.

Why the map was needed?

Well, Polish data might be pretty surprising without a further explanation, since Poland seems to oppose a global trend toward an urban growth. According to the data collected by Polish Central Statistical Office, share of people inhabiting villages grew in Poland between the year 2004 and the year 2014 by 1.2 percentage point (for exact numbers have a look at chart 1.) (more…)

Some thoughts on grounded theory and theoretical preconceptions

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I’ve spent some time recently studying highly theoretical literature from the field of post-Foucaldian studies (in recent months it took a form of informal learning group that I’ve launched with friends of mine). Simultaneously, I was analyzing and re-evaluating output of a research on cultural events production, that we conducted in the grounded theory paradigm in 2013. On an early stage, this process resulted with the article that I’ve presented at the conference in November (you can find it here). The article described the field of cultural production employing philosophical, Foucaldian concepts. After several months of further theoretical studies I decide to rewrite the article (together with Tomek Skoczylas), because new ideas, based mostly on theoretical readings, came to my mind.