Citation Stacking: A New Ethical Problem in Scientific Publishing

If you thought falsifying data, p-hacking, adding fictitious authors and plagiarism were not bad enough, a new kind of academic dishonest has been brought to light: citation stacking.  I heard about this from a fellow grad student in my department who showed me an editorial written by the editors of a geosciences journal, Geoderma, in… Continue reading Citation Stacking: A New Ethical Problem in Scientific Publishing


“You’re going to college, right?”

One of the things I want to change in higher education is the assumption that everyone should go to college right away. Let me repeat that, in case you just skimmed over that sentence. I want to change the assumption that everyone will go to college, not the possibility for everyone to go to college. … Continue reading “You’re going to college, right?”

Research that survives past publication

I came across an interesting article this week called The Antropocene Biosphere: Supporting 'Open Interdisciplinarity' through Blogging. Honestly, I have no idea how I found this because I was looking for articles on organic no-till cover crops in agricultural journals, not something that usually takes me to journals like Trends in Ecology and Evolution. But… Continue reading Research that survives past publication

Soil is found everywhere, the research should be too

I scanned the list of open-access agricultural journals and was not able to find any titles that I recognized. But after clicking through the pages, I was soon able to group them into three main categories: Open access journals located outside of the US Journals that were already aware of positive impact of freely-available, open-source… Continue reading Soil is found everywhere, the research should be too

A difficult conversation about dirt

Last week I attended a session at the Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy at the Virginia Tech Inn,  called Facilitating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom. It was a big group discussion about how difficult conversations happen in our classes and how we can facilitate them better. One of the activities we did was called… Continue reading A difficult conversation about dirt

Case Study: High or Low Impact Factor

I choose one of the video case studies on the ORI website that takes place in Dr. Thompson's lab.  Dr. Thompson is working hard to establish his lab and research reputation and is working with his Post-Doc student, Amit and a PhD student, Ashley.  Through 11 short videos, we see how this lab handles different… Continue reading Case Study: High or Low Impact Factor