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Niche construction via scholarly communication

Posted on March 28, 2013 by James Kohl.

Nature | Comment Scholarship: Beyond the paper by Jason Priem, Nature 495, 437–440 (28 March 2013) doi:10.1038/495437a

Nature article excerpt: “Scholars now share their research data in repositories such as… figshare…. They challenge the traditional article format by including blog posts, interactive graphics and video. And perhaps most significantly, academics are moving informal scholarly conversations from the faculty lounge to social media platforms….”

My comment: This article recaps precisely what I have been doing since 1995 book publication, 1996 publication of From fertilization to adult sexual behavior, 2001 publication of  Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, 2006/2007 publication of The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences, and 2012 publication of Human pheromones and food odors: epigenetic influences on the socioaffective nature of evolved behaviors.  I’ve continued to help ensure exposure to accurate representations of molecular epigenetics in the context of adaptive evolution of the brain and behavior.

I’ve used outlets like figshare; my Facebook “Pheromones.com” page; posts to yahoo discussion groups, posts to scientific forums and to forums for laypersons, posts to other outlets, and entries to my Pheromones.com blog. For example, see my figshare publications: Nutrient-dependent / Pheromone-controlled Adaptive Evolution and Nutrient-dependent / Pheromone-controlled thermodynamics and thermoregulation.  I have also participated in many discussions of accurately represented epigenetic cause and effect. The result is that today’s Google search on “ecological, social, neurogenic, and socio-cognitive” returns 15,900 hits, which I think can all be traced back to me.

Nature article excerpt: “…scholars who establish early leadership in Web-native production will be ahead of the curve as these genres become dominant. Finally, resist the urge to cling to the trappings of scientific excellence rather than excellence itself. ‘Publication’ is just one mode of making public and one way of validating scholarly excellence. It is time to embrace the Web’s power to disseminate and filter scholarship more broadly and meaningfully. Welcome to the next era of scholarly communication.”

For other examples of how I have used scholarly communication to disseminate accurate information please search for “James V. Kohl” or for “ecological, social, neurogenic, and socio-cognitive niche construction.” The search results point to a paradigm shift and the end of misrepresentations in the context of epigenetic cause and effect, which has been clearly established in my published and unpublished works. My unpublished works currently include more that 450 posts to this blog during the past 3 years.  “Welcome to the next era of scholarly communication.” Note: I think this “next era” might have started when I acquired the domain Pheromones.com in 1996, based on advice from Roger Scime.

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