Why Should Taxpayer-Funded Research Be Put Behind a Paywall?
The University of California's boycott of academic-publishing giant Elsevier has open-access advocates pleased. Others have concerns about transparency.
The Lede, Issue #36: 'Binge Mode,' the Next 10 Years of Pacific Standard, Jerry Brown's Last Days in Office, and More
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What Good Is an Academic Hoax in the Age of Post-Truth?
To relegate academic projects that seek to untangle the complexities of human systems to the realm of grievances is a farce—one that misses the point of the academic project in the first place.
A New Memoir Addresses America's Cruelest Immigration Policies From Inside the Border Patrol
Francisco Cantú's memoir of his time as a Border Patrol agent asks some important questions about violence, complicity, and the blurred lines between people and the institutions they serve.
Pepe the Frog Creator Shuts Down Publication of Alt-Right Children's Book
Created by comic artist Matt Furie in 2005, Pepe the Frog has since been adopted as a symbol by the alt-right.
The Hoax That Backfired: How an Attempt to Discredit Gender Studies Will Only Strengthen It
The latest academic stunt to receive widespread coverage raises interesting points about vanity journals and peer review, but we must also question the motives of the authors.
Letter From the Editor: The Year Ahead for Pacific Standard
Introducing the January/February 2017 issue of Pacific Standard.
How Small Presses Are Welcoming More Women Into Publishing
Dorothy, YesYes Books, and Graywolf Press have made it their mission to publish more women — and reform an industry that more often celebrates the achievements of men.
How to Change the Centuries-Old Model of Academic Publishing
Academic publishing has been slow to make use of social media, but new experiments could push the industry—and science—forward.
Writing About Writing About Taylor Swift's Writing
Everyone's writing about Taylor Swift writing for the Wall Street Journal.