2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Congratulations to Scholarpedia authors May-Britt and Edvard Moser for winning the Nobel prize 2014 in Physiology or Medicine, “for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain”!

Their article in Scholarpedia, Grid cells [1], describes their work for which they have been awarded the Nobel Prize.

  1. Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser (2007), “Grid cells. Scholarpedia, 2(7):3394.

 

Previous Associate Editor, Leo Trottier, launches Kickstarter campaign

Leo Trottier has served as Scholarpedia’s Associate Editor from 2009 to 2013, when he left due to the time commitments of his business CleverPets. Today his company launched a Kickstarter compaign:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1453211280/cleverpet-a-console-that-teaches-and-feeds-your-do

Leo has been integral in Scholarpedia’s success over the past several years. We were sad to see Leo step down from his role of Associate Editor, but wish him luck in his new endeavors.

Call for volunteers

Taxpayers pay billions of dollars for research. However, the findings from much of the resulting research are not accessible except to large universities and institutions that can afford to pay inordinate prices for publications from publishers such as Elsevier. Even in these cases, governments are paying not only to fund the research but then also to access the results from the research that they funded. This situation is unsustainable, inhibitive to scientific progress, and forces the public to have blind faith in the media’s accounts of scientific research because of expensive “paywalls”.

Most academic publishers make money either selling access to their articles or charging the authors. Scholarpedia doesn’t charge for either of these tasks. Therefore, we have to rely on volunteers for editorial activities, such as inviting and vetting reviewers and conversion from other formats (namely LaTeX) to our wiki-text format.

Are you willing to contribute? Even a couple of hours a month can help! We need more assistant editors and editors.

Assistant Editors

Graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to volunteer as assistant editors by emailing support@scholarpedia.org and / or editor-in-chief@scholarpedia.org. Assistant editors do the following:

  • conversion of articles from LaTeX (and sometimes Word) to wiki-text,
  • helping authors with wiki-text markup, and
  • writing the featured author columns that appear on the main page.

There are also some programming projects that would be helpful in automating the publication process.

For more information, visit http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Scholarpedia:Assistant_Editor or contact us at the above email addresses.

Editors

A Scholarpedia editor is a well-known expert in his/her field who has made a commitment to develop a topic category within Scholarpedia. Editors will invite established experts to write new articles and help guide the publication of the article. Editors must have a Ph.D. or equivalent and a record of publications in their field. To volunteer, please submit your CV to editor-in-chief@scholarpedia.org. Please mention whether you are interested in either the editor or assistant editor position.

Announcing the winners of the Brain Corporation Prize

We are excited to announce the top three winners of the Brain Corporation Prize in Computational Neuroscience. The award will be presented at the Computational Neuroscience (CNS’13) meeting in Paris on July 16, 16:10.

  • Second Place (408 G+1): Thomas Kreuz (2012) SPIKE-distance. Scholarpedia, 7(12):30652.
  • Third Place (314 G+1): Zhe Chen and Emery N. Brown (2013) State space model. Scholarpedia, 8(3):30868.

Thanks to all who participated!