When in trouble or in doubt, invent new words. We have bibliometrics and scientometrics from the Age of Print. Now they are joined by informetrics, cybermetrics, webometrics and altmetrics, which...
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Li, X, Thelwall, M, & Giustini, D. (2012) Validating online reference managers for scholarly. Scientometrics, 461-471. DOI: 10.1007/s11192-011-0580-x
Ludo Waltman, & Rodrigo Costas. (2013) F1000 recommendations as a new data source for research evaluation: A comparison with citations. JASIST. arXiv: 1303.3875v1
Taylor, M. (2013) Towards a common model of citation: some thoughts on merging altmetrics and bibliometrics. Research Trends. info:/
“Using English is the sign of a great mind. Discuss.” Sounds like an absurdly bigoted essay topic? While I’ve made up the topic and while most readers will baulk at such an explicit association of English with academic excellence, most … Continue reading →... Read more »
Erkkilä, Tero. (2013) Global University Rankings, Transnational Policy Discourse and Higher Education in Europe. European Journal of Education. DOI: 10.1111/ejed.12063
Hey Julie,it's not every week I get to issue an invitation to the entire world, but that's exactly what I'm doing today! MiaStudents invited to compete in global dog poo competition:Poo Power! Global Challenge launches Monday 25 November 2013Students and classes will be pitched against each other to see who can identify the most and largest dog waste 'hotspots' in their local neighbourhood in the 'Poo Power! Global Challenge'. Participants use a GPS-enabled iPhone to download the free Poo P........ Read more »
Okoroigwe E.C., Ibeto C.N., & Okpara C.G. (2010) Comparative Study of the Potential of Dog Waste for Biogas Production. Trends in Applied Sciences Research, 5(1), 71-77. DOI: 10.3923/tasr.2010.71.77
Nemiroff Leah. (2007) Design, Testing and Implementation of a Large-Scale Urban Dog Waste Composting Program. Compost Science , 15(4), 237-242. info:other/http://montrealndgdogrun.org/image/downloads/compost studies.pdf
h-index is an index that attempts to measure both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar. Here, I am going to tell the way through which you can forecast your future h-index.
While presenting this tutorial, I consider that you have a good knowledge of R software, which is one of the rapidly rising open source statistics software. You can get the software here,
http://cran.r-project.org/bin/macosx/ (........ Read more »
Top Five Journals according to Google Scholar are
2. The New England Journal of Medicine
4. The Lancet
This list is based on “h5-index” - “h5-index is the h-index for articles published in the last 5 complete years. It is the largest number h such that h articles published in 2008-2012 have at least h citations each,” according to Google.
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You’re sat at your desk, reading a journal article. You see a graph that looks like this:
the first thing that comes to mind? WHAT ON EARTH DOES IT MEAN?!
At this point many people will skip the methods section of their article and head straight to the discussion- But these graphs and techniques aren’t so scary once you understand the science behind them.
What is ITC used for?
Isothermal Titration Calorimetry, or ITC, measures a very basic interaction- how does one thing bind........ Read more »
Rajarathnam K, & Rösgen J. (2014) Isothermal titration calorimetry of membrane proteins - Progress and challenges. Biochimica et biophysica acta, 1838(1), 69-77. PMID: 23747362
Ghai R, Falconer RJ, & Collins BM. (2012) Applications of isothermal titration calorimetry in pure and applied research--survey of the literature from 2010. Journal of molecular recognition : JMR, 25(1), 32-52. PMID: 22213449
Jing M, & Bowser MT. (2011) Methods for measuring aptamer-protein equilibria: a review. Analytica chimica acta, 686(1-2), 9-18. PMID: 21237304
The amount of cow dung plopped into the world every day is almost unthinkable, but Tomas Roslin is thinking about it."We can regard it as either an immense waste problem or an enormous ecosystem service," he says. He means that what starts out as a turd in a field turns into a wealth of nutrients for plants—assuming it can make its way below ground. So understanding how dung gets broken down can help us ensure an ecosystem is running smoothly. To address such a messy, large-scale question........ Read more »
Riikka Kaartinen, Bess Hardwick, & Tomas Roslin. (2013) Using citizen scientists to measure an ecosystem service nationwide. Ecology. DOI: 10.1890/12-1165.1
There are several steps that researchers can take to bolster the integrity of their work, but embracing the use of the “new statistics” of effect sizes, estimation, and meta-analysis is a particularly important one, argues psychological scientist Geoff Cumming of La Trobe University in Australia.... Read more »
“If God is possible, then he exists necessarily. But God is possible, therefore he exists”. This is the extreme synthesis of Gödel’s most famous result. Two researchers -Christoph Benzmuller and Bruno Woltzenlogel Paleo- just confirmed the result thanks to the help of a computer-assisted proof.... Read more »
Christoph Benzmüller and Bruno Woltzenlogel Paleo. (2013) Formalization, Mechanization and Automation of Godel’s Proof of God’s Existence. preprint arxive . info:/
Is the ability to empathize uniquely human? This question has long been pondered by philosophers and animal behaviorists alike. Empathy depends in part on the ability to recognize the wants and hopes of others. A new study by researchers at the University of Cambridge suggests that we may not be alone with this ability. A male Eurasian jay feeds his female mate. Photo provided by Ljerka Ostojić.Ljerka Ostojić, Rachael Shaw, Lucy Cheke, and Nicky Clayton conducted a series of studies on Eurasia........ Read more »
Ostojić, L., Shaw, R.C., Cheke, L.G., & Clayton, N.S. (2013) Evidence suggesting that desire-state attribution may govern food sharing in Eurasian jays. PNAS, 110(10), 4123-4128. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1209926110
FVIII light chain expressed in Pichia. Antibody AND phospholipid both bind this light chain. Literature says either but not both can bind. ... Read more »
Sudheer Reddy AR, Padikara Kutty Satheeshkumar, & Mookambeswaran A. Vijayalakshmi. (2013) Expression, purification, and partial in vitro characterization of biologically active human coagulation Factor VIII chain (A3-C1-C2) in Pichia pastoris. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. DOI: 10.1007/s12010-013-0338-4
Procrastination is a fact of academic life, particularly during the PhD period, as every academic supervisor knows. However, judging from ever-increasing institutional efforts to control procrastination or from the many self-help guides intended to cure procrastination, it would seem that … Continue reading →... Read more »
Paola Villani. (1990) Documenti saussuriani conservati a Lipsia e a Berlino. Cahiers Ferdinand de Saussure, 3-33. info:/
Photo: Steven PamThere is an industry in Australia that relies on an integral piece of equipment, but the system behind product development process is flawed, and lives are at stake. From farm dogs to military explosive detection dogs, guide dogs to greyhounds, Australia’s working and sporting dog industry claims a 50-70% fail rate as normal. The welfare of these dogs is intimately linked to their working performance. It can be an emotive topic, so let’s take the emotion out of it and o........ Read more »
Kruger Justin, & Dunning David. (1999) Unskilled and unaware of it: How difficulties in recognizing one's own incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77(6), 1121-1134. DOI: 10.1037//0022-3518.104.22.1681
Dunning David, Johnson Kerri, Ehrlinger Joyce, & Kruger Justin. (2003) Why people fail to recognize their own incompetence. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 12(3), 83-87. DOI: 10.1111/1467-8721.01235
Ehrlinger Joyce, Johnson Kerri, Banner Matthew, Dunning David, & Kruger Justin. (2008) Why the unskilled are unaware: Further explorations of (absent) self-insight among the incompetent. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 105(1), 98-121. DOI: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2007.05.002
Dunning David. (2011) The Dunning-Kruger effect: On being ignorant of one's own ignorance. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 247-296. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-385522-0.00005-6
The latest SAT and ACT data show record declines for men, whites, and Native Americans. Analysis of state SAT data suggests that family income does not significantly affect scores when controlled for parents’ education and race.... Read more »
Anonymous. (1998) Why Family Income Differences Don't Explain the Racial Gap in SAT Scores. The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 6-8. DOI: 10.2307/2999198
Anonymous. (2008) Why Family Income Differences Don't Explain the Racial Gap in SAT Scores. The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 10-12. info:/
Brazilian bird sings Mozart...... Read more »
Emily Doolittle, & Henrik Brumm. (2012) O Canto do Uirapuru: Consonant intervals and patterns in the song of the musician wren. Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies, 6(1), 55-85. info:/
Araya-Salas, Marcelo. (2012) Is birdsong music? Evaluating harmonic intervals in songs of a Neotropical songbird. Animal Behaviour, 84(2), 309-313. info:/10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.04.038
I don't think I mentioned this JISC project by David Shotton et al. yet, and should perhaps have done so earlier. But it is not too late, as Shotton is calling out for help in a Nature Comment this week (doi:10.1038/502295a). Now, I have been tracking what is citing the CDK literature using CiteUlike since 2010, and just asked the project developers how I can contribute this data.
Interestingly, the visualization from OpenCitations.net is interesting as it also shows papers citing papers t........ Read more »
D. Shotton. (2013) Publishing: Open citations. Nature, 502(7471), 295-297. info:/10.1038/502295a
When cells are put under stress (e.g. UV light, ionising radiation, reactive oxygen species) they undergo a process known as cellular senescence in which cell division (mitosis) is arrested. This is thought to contribute to ageing. In their 2013 paper Naylor and colleagues outline a strategy to selectively remove in vivo senescent cells expressing p16Ink4A .... Read more »
Naylor RM, Baker DJ, & van Deursen JM. (2013) Senescent cells: a novel therapeutic target for aging and age-related diseases . Clinical Pharmacology . DOI: 10.1038/clpt.2012.193
On 17 October, I travelled to London to participate in the annual Publications Seminars. As suggested by the programme, the presenters focused on discussing changes in the publications industry. One of the most heated debates of the event highlighted a recent sting operation published in Science.1 The researcher, John Bohannon, aimed to uncover how rigorous the peer review process is in open access journals that do not charge their readers for viewing content. John Bohannon wrote a far-fetched f........ Read more »
A recent study by MIT and Santa Fe Institute (SFI) researchers found a “dramatic growth in innovation” in renewable energy technologies.... Read more »
Luis M. A. Bettencourt, Jessika E. Trancik, & Jasleen Kaur. (2013) Determinants of the Pace of Global Innovation in Energy Technologies. PLoS ONE, 8(10). arXiv: 1211.5167v1
Last week, Science published an article that exposed the shortcomings of open-access journals. Author John Bohannon, a science journalist, created fake papers to evaluate the quality of peer review and to find out whether they would be submitted.... Read more »
Whitfield, J. (2011) Open access comes of age: publishing model enters phase of slower but steady growth. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/474428a
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