This week’s interesting links…

Image c/o Chris Jones on Flickr.

The cycle-ology of the Tour. Ella Rhodes of The Psychologist investigates how psychology impacts upon the Tour de France. (The Psychologist)

2014 Open Access Survey: examining the changing views of Taylor & Francis authors. Publisher Taylor and Francis report their findings from their worldwide survey on the attitudes of journal authors towards Open Access. Figures include a year on year comparison to highlight the shift in views. The full report is available here [PDF]. (Taylor and Francis)

The right to read is the right to mine: Text and data mining copyright exceptions introduced in the UK. New copyright exceptions to text and data-mining for non-commercial research have recently been introduced. Dr Ross Mounce, a BBSRC-funded postdoc at the University of Bath, looks at what the future holds in the light of these changes. (Note: the article does not constitute legal advice, it is the author’s opinion of these changes.) (LSE Impact of Social Sciences)

A case for case report forms in psychology. Article by psychologist and lecturer, Pete Etchells on the ongoing debate about replications and the issue of “hidden expertise in experiments”. (The Guardian)

SUVs, handwash and FOMO: how the advertising industry embraced fear. Interesting article looking at how advertisers use fear to sell products. You can read an interesting research paper on this area (published in 2005) via PsycInfo: Fear in Advertising: The Influence of Consumers’ Product Involvement and Culture (don’t forget to login with your Athens username and password!). (The Guardian)

School libraries ‘should be counted’, say MPs and peers. A report by the Libraries All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) advises that Ofsted should examine school library provision when inspectors visit schools. The Libraries APPG also argues that every child should have access to a library within their school. Who can argue with that! (BBC)

Drip, drip, drip – the emergency surveillance law erodes our civil liberties. Lawyer and writer David Allen Green’s looks at the government’s controversial Data Retention and Investigation Powers bill (‘DRIP’) in the Financial Times (accessible via UEL once you have signed up on campus for a login). (Financial Times)


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