On national learned societies in SSH

New in open access, the article “Beyond borders: Examining the role of national learned societies in the social sciences and humanities”. Actually, not proper open access, as it appears you need to “log in” to Wiley to download or print (neither works for me without a log in). Thankfully Google Scholar is on the case, and having none of that nonsense — searching for the title there gets you a download link. The article is based on a spring 2020 survey of 194 learned societies in the UK and Europe. One finding is that…

Contrary to previous research, most SSH societies in our study have not undergone significant changes in the past 5 years, challenging expectations of their declining role.

LM Studio

Run private offline ‘chat’ AIs on Windows, without wasting a day on a frustratingly complex and fiddly Python-based setup and install. The free LM Studio makes discovery, downloading and running chat LLM AI’s as easy as installing any other Windows software. A good graphics card is required to run your selected AI chat. Note also that the LM Studio wrapper requires a PC with a processor that supports AVX2, if not one with a dedicated NPU. There’s also a beta release that supports older plain AVX processors.

Researcher to Reader conference

I’m pleased to learn about London’s annual Researcher to Reader Conference, which focusses on getting research to interested readers. Information Today has a detailed report of the February 2024 event…

“even today, in 2024, we don’t have consistent metadata to identify the article type in many cases with certainty (is it a research article? A review article? An editorial?) nor even the corresponding author of an article, let alone knowing how much a university is paying publishers for APCs to publish articles. Would any other industry tolerate such vagueness?”