On open access at 50%, older siblings and suffering at work

[September 9-13, 2013] The editors’ note about your science week

The more the merrier, the bigger the better. Certainly, these adages sometimes hold true, but not always. It depends if you’re talking about the expansion of open access publishing, or the number of older siblings you have. What’s the connection? Read on to find out.

The more the merrier, the bigger the better. Certainly, these adages sometimes hold true, but not always. It depends if you’re talking about the expansion of open access publishing, or the number of older siblings you have. What’s the connection? Read on to find out.

 

New figures were announced recently showing that open access publications have reached a critical threshold—50% in some areas! We marked the occasion with an article explaining what accounts for this surge in OA, in which fields and in which countries.

Open Access Hits 50%

 
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In other realms, more does not necessarily mean better. A new study on birth order and socioeconomic indicators shows that being born later in a family, with several older siblings, can hinder not only that person’s educational success, but that of their own children.

Siblings and Socioeconomic Success

 

On the other hand, the researchers looking at possible effects of sibling structure found that, although having multiple older siblings negatively affected people’s educational outcome, it had no impact on their future income. They acknowledge that kids growing up with several brothers or sisters often have better mental health. This might help them to avoid certain problems and end up as happier adults. A big part of being a happy adult is feeling good in your job. This week, we also published the second half of a pair of articles on finding fulfillment in your work. This time, we learned about the complexities of professional life that can lead to either fulfillment or self-destruction.

Finding Happiness at Work, Part 2: The complex machinery of suffering at work

 

Wishing you more than a 50% chance of avoiding self-destruction and finding socioeconomic successand a good weekend,

The MyScienceWork Team