Triple Point

Our Study is Published, BUT the Journey is not Finished!

By , and | August, 2020

Each June, we receive e-mails from publishers welcoming the evolution of their journals’ journal impact factor (JIF). The JIF is a controversial metric (Callaway 2016), and it is worth asking, “What’s behind it?” In this age of “publish or perish” (Harzing 2007), we take much time and effort to write our papers and get them published. But how much time and effort do we put into finding readers or ensuring that we are reaching the right audience? Are metrics, such as the JIF, good guides for how well we are doing at reaching our target audience?

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Global Flow of Scholarly Publishing and Open Access

By | February, 2020

Open access is not a new topic for Elements. The topic was addressed by Alex Speer, Kevin Murphy, and Sharon Tahirkheli in 2013 (Speer et al. 2013) and, later, by Christian Chopin in 2018 (Chopin 2018). I fully agree that there is a strong imperative for the geochemistry, mineralogy, and petrology communities to ensure that the research it produces is widely accessible, especially in the increasingly important context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Indeed, according to the STM Report 2018 (Johnson et al. 2018), two thirds of the scholarly literature in 2016 remains inaccessible to the public because it is hidden behind a paywall. Scholars have been making various cases for wider public access to published research, known as open access (OA), since the late 1980s.

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Credibility of Scientific Writing: An Appeal for Responsibility

By | April, 2018

The world of scientific publishing is evolving rapidly. Alongside the usual “big sharks”—the monopolistic publishing houses that have been dominating the market and pressurizing institutional subscribers for decades—there are a wealth of new, online players emerging under the banner of “Open Access”. Open access journals are web-based scientific journals that are free to read by anyone but require authors to pay a fee for publishing their paper. These open access journals are a true challenge, not only for journals published by non-profit, learned, societies, but also for scientific publishing in general.

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Archived Triple Point (PDF)


2015 Issues -- Volume 11

April 2015

P. L. King, A. Edwards, and N. J. Abram

"Recognizing Biases That Affect Women Geoscientists in the Workplace"


2014 Issues -- Volume 10

October 2014

Kevin Murphy

"Of Politics, Science and Learned Societies"

2013 Issues -- Volume 9

June 2013

Art Montana

"Color Blind"

2012 Issues -- Volume 8

February 2012

Paul Schroeder

"Bold New Graphics and Mineralogy"

April 2012

Sarah Penniston-Dorland

"Patching the Leaky Faculty Pipeline"

June 2012

Allison Macfarlane

"Fukushima Lessons: Disconnect between Geology and Nuclear Engineering"

August 2012

Robert Bodnar and Bruce Yardley

"Selling our Science (But Not at All Costs)"

October 2012

Peter Heaney

"A Sabbatical Project"

2011 Issues -- Volume 7

February 2011

Bruce Yardley, Bastian Joachim, and Steeve Bonneville

"Planning Your Career -- A Work in Progress"

April 2011

Rodney Ewing

"Beyond Triage at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station"

June 2011

Bruce Yardley

"Whose Paper is it Anyway?"

October 2011

Bruce Yardley

"When Accessories are Essentials"

December 2011

Chen Zhu

"The Globalization of Chinese Science: A Threat or an Opportunity?"

2010 Issues -- Volume 6

February 2010

Bruce Yardley

"Do We Need More Applications of Geochemistry?"

April 2010

Marty Goldhaber

"Fostering Integrated Science"

June 2010

Bruce Yardley

"Is This Profound and Significant?"

August 2010

Clive Oppenheimer

"We Told You So! Reflections on the ‘Ashpocalypse’"

December 2010

Marty Goldhaber

"It's Not Just About Climate Change -- What About Soils?"

2009 Issues -- Volume 5

February 2009

Rod Ewing

"Lost in Translation"

April 2009

Sam Mukasa

"Underrepresentation of Women and Minority Awardees in Geoscience Societies"

June 2009

Mickey Gunter

"Asbestos Sans Mineralogy"

August 2009

Rod Ewing

"Is Geochemistry Important?"

October 2009

Gregory Meeker

"Asbestos Sans Mineralogy? A View From A Different Hilltop"

with Mickey Gunter's response

December 2009

Rod Ewing

"Elements' Fifth Anniversary"

2008 Issues -- Volume 4

February 2008

Rod Ewing

"The Future of Elements?"

April 2008

Rodney Ewing

"Will Next Year Be Better?"

June 2008

Roger A. Pielke Jr.

"Scientists and the Next President of the United States"

August 2008

Rodney C. Ewing

"Museums are not Attics"

October 2008

Timothy L. Killeen and Teofilo Abrajano

"Understanding the Triple Point"

December 2008

Rod Ewing

"Et Alii?

2007 Issues -- Volume 3

February 2007

Peter J. Heaney

"Mineralogy and The Composition of an American Science"

April 2007

Peter J. Heaney

"Caught in the Web of Virtual Education"

June 2007

Don L. Anderson

"Looking Glass Worlds"

August 2007

Peter J. Heaney

"What's Your h-Index?"

October 2007

Peter J. Heaney

"The Extinction of Geology"

2006 Issues -- Volume 2

February 2006

Margaret S. Leinen

"Future Directions in Geochemistry and Mineralogy: A View from the National Science Foundation"

April 2006

Peter J. Heaney

"Reflections on Bragg's Law"

June 2006

Sorena Sorensen

"Congratulations from the Common Reader"

August 2006

Dan Kile

"Polarized Light Microscopy in Geoscience Education: Relevant or Obsolete?"

October 2006

Peter J. Heaney

"Grace Under Pressure: A Challenge to the Modern Reviewer"

December 2006

Peter J. Heaney

"Sorry, Levi, But Thanks for the Memories: An Elegy for a Historic Mineral Collection"

2005 Issues -- Volume 1

January 2005

Peter Heaney

"Triple Point"

March 2005

Peter J. Heaney

"Science Societies and the Democratic Process"

June 2005

Peter J. Heaney

"Voices from our Past"

September 2005

Peter J. Heaney

"Searching for Diversity"

December 2005

Scott A. Wood and Mickey E. Gunter

"Making of Meeting of Minds: Reflections on the Organization of the 2005 Goldschmidt Conference