Saturday, October 17, 2015

Copying multiple files using scp

Perhaps the shortest blog post ever, but it took me while to find the command.  I'll know I'll need it again so here it is:

scp -v -r folder

This command created a folder named "folder" on the local machine and copies the content of "/path/folder" on into it

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

PeerJ vs F1000Research

Update 2015.10.05: Correction based on the comment by +Eva Amsen: F1000Research editors do chase down reviewers to help ensure reviews.  So the main real difference between F1000Research and PeerJ appears to be the price - assuming PeerJ authors post a pre-print.

This post is a comment I left on Michael Eisens post on the Mission Bay Manifesto on Science Publishing

A purely practical comment about point 5 in general and F1000Research price in particular. My main point is that PeerJ offers better service at lower cost (and I am not affiliated with PeerJ in any way).

Let’s take my latest paper which just got accepted in PeerJ and contrast it to how it would have worked at F1000Research

1. I submitted my draft to PeerJ PrePrints who made it available online within a day for free.  It showed up on Google Scholar about a week later.

F1000Research would take about a week and cost \$1000 as it was >2500 words.  On the other hand at this point it is typeset.

2. I solicit reviews on social media and by emailing select experts.  There is a commenting section on PeerJ PrePrints where these reviews can be added.  I got some suggestions by email but no one added comments for this particular paper.

From what I can tell the idea is much the same on F1000Research

3. I revise my manuscript and put a new version on PeerJ PrePrints with another plea for comments/reviews.  Then I submit to PeerJ.  PeerJ finds 2 reviewers for me, typesets the manuscript (after minor corrections in this case), publishes the reviews, provides a comment section for further review, and gets it indexes, for \$298 (in this case). Again, there is a comment sections where people can continue to review the manuscript and also the reviewers comments, which I choose to make public.

So, from where I stand I pay F1000Research \$1000 extra for guaranteed and immediate typesetting of a manuscript which may not get reviewed, while I pay PeerJ \$300 for guaranteed reviews of a manuscript which may not get typeset (if it is rejected). 

I couldn’t care less about the typesetting. When I deposit my preprint I consider my work published - and I can do that for free. The remaining steps are taken mainly to be able to add it on my CV under “Peer Reviewed Publication” with additional indexing as a nice bonus.  

As Gowers has shown, if you remove the typesetting this can done for \$10/paper.

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