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  • February 7, 2013
  • 08:22 PM

Academic Freedom and International Collaborations

by Andreas Muenchow in Icy Seas

Working in the Arctic is hard. Despite climate warming, despite diminishing ice cover, despite public interest and global impact, it is still a hostile and challenging place. It is also very expensive to get to. It usually takes me 2-4 … Continue reading →... Read more »

Editorial. (2012) Frozen out. Nature, 483(7387), 6-6. DOI: 10.1038/483006a  

  • January 1, 2013
  • 06:28 AM

What’s wrong with citation analysis?

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

What’s wrong with citation analysis? Other than your papers not being cited enough, what’s wrong with measuring scientific influence based on citation count? Citation analysis-based decisions concerning grants, promotions, etc. have become popular because, among other things, they’re considered “unbiased.” After all, such analysis gives numbers even non-professionals can understand, helping them make the best [...]

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MacRoberts, M., & MacRoberts, B. (1996) Problems of citation analysis. Scientometrics, 36(3), 435-444. DOI: 10.1007/BF02129604  

MacRoberts, M., & MacRoberts, B. (2010) Problems of citation analysis: A study of uncited and seldom-cited influences. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 61(1), 1-12. DOI: 10.1002/asi.21228  

Priem, J., Taraborelli, D., Groth, P., & Neylon, C. (2010) altmetrics: a manifesto. info:/

  • December 29, 2012
  • 09:22 AM

Crowdfunding Science

by GDW in The Beast, the Bard and the Bot

Scientific research costs money. And in times where the economy isn’t exactly booming, it’s an area where, wrongfully I believe, budget cuts are quite likely to occur. When austerity reigns, governments and funding agencies alike allocate less and less capital to scientific research. Time to consider alternative routes of funding. One of these relies on [...]... Read more »

  • October 27, 2012
  • 12:32 PM

Why Publishing in the NEJM is not the Best Guarantee that Something is True: a Response to Katan

by Laika Spoetnik in Laika's Medliblog

Katan also states that “publishing in the NEJM is the best guarantee something is true”.

I think the latter statement is wrong for a number of reasons.*

First, most published findings are false [6]. Thus journals can never “guarantee” that published research is true.
Factors that make it less likely that research findings are true include a small effect size, a greater number and lesser preselection of tested relationships, selective outcome reporting, the ........ Read more »

de Ruyter JC, Olthof MR, Seidell JC, & Katan MB. (2012) A trial of sugar-free or sugar-sweetened beverages and body weight in children. The New England journal of medicine, 367(15), 1397-406. PMID: 22998340  

Fang, F., & Casadevall, A. (2011) Retracted Science and the Retraction Index. Infection and Immunity, 79(10), 3855-3859. DOI: 10.1128/IAI.05661-11  

  • May 26, 2012
  • 05:25 PM

Do Free Gifts Increase Charitable Contributions?

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Nowadays seemingly every charity offers you something in return for a donation. Give at least $25 and receive a free t-shirt, tote bag, half-eaten sandwich, etc. But the question remains: Is it actually a good strategy? Yale researchers George Newman and Y. Jeremy Shen attempted to find an answer by looking at one specific free [...]... Read more »

  • February 28, 2012
  • 05:01 PM

Not every radical idea is right

by Zen Faulkes in NeuroDojo

It’s too hard to do groundbreaking science. Hutchinson, who self identifies as a student (though what level is not clear) argues in forthcoming paper in BioEssays that the reason it’s hard to do original science is all because of how science is funded.

As it stands, our current system may work well in weeding out technically flawed proposals and advancing incremental work, yet truly novel ideas will rarely be funded or even tolerated.
This is not a particularly new insight. I’ve written a........ Read more »

  • December 26, 2011
  • 06:26 PM

Impact factor predicts unreliability of research papers

by Björn Brembs in

Last week, we've already seen that the most prominent way of ranking scholarly journals, Thomson Reuters' Impact Factor (IF), isn't a very good measure for predicting how many citations your scientific paper will attract. Instead, there is evidence that IF is much better at predicting the chance that your paper might get retracted.Now, I've just been sent a paper (subscription required) which provides evidence that the reliability of some research papers correlates negatively with journal IF. In........ Read more »

Munafò, M., Stothart, G., & Flint, J. (2009) Bias in genetic association studies and impact factor. Molecular Psychiatry, 14(2), 119-120. DOI: 10.1038/mp.2008.77  

  • November 7, 2011
  • 11:00 AM

Blog Roundtable: How do you deal with criticism?

by Mr Epidemiology in Mr Epidemiology

This blog roundtable is part of a series about graduate school – why do it, what is it like, and what to do afterwards. I encourage you to give your own opinions in the comments section, and if you disagree with a point made by the panel, voice your opinion! This is something a lot [...]... Read more »

Steinbrook R. (2009) The NIH stimulus--the recovery act and biomedical research. The New England journal of medicine, 360(15), 1479-81. PMID: 19357402  

  • August 19, 2011
  • 04:36 PM

Racial Disparity in NIH Grants: Priority Scores

by DrugMonkey in DrugMonkey

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, my NIH-focused Reader, you will have heard of the explosive findings of Ginther et al (2011) who reported on an analysis of racial and ethnic disparity in the review and funding of NIH grant applications.

There is a lot to discuss about these findings. A LOT. Well beyond the scope of one or even six blog posts. Commentary from the Office of Extramural Research, the NIMH and the Chronicle of Higher Education are worthwhile reads and there is a bit on Na........ Read more »

Ginther, D., Schaffer, W., Schnell, J., Masimore, B., Liu, F., Haak, L., & Kington, R. (2011) Race, Ethnicity, and NIH Research Awards. Science, 333(6045), 1015-1019. DOI: 10.1126/science.1196783  

  • June 25, 2011
  • 11:50 AM

The National Children's Study: A view from across the pond

by Dorothy Bishop in bishopblog

Vast amounts of US research funds have gone to support the National Children's Study, a longitudinal cohort study of 100,000 families. At a time of financial stringency, I ask whether this is a good use of funds, and query why cohort studies are so much more expensive in the US than in Europe... Read more »

Magnus, P., Irgens, L., Haug, K., Nystad, W., Skjaerven, R., Stoltenberg, C., & , . (2006) Cohort profile: The Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). International Journal of Epidemiology, 35(5), 1146-1150. DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyl170  

Olsen, J., Melbye, M., Olsen, S., Sorensen, T., Aaby, P., Nybo Andersen, A., Taxbol, D., Hansen, K., Juhl, M., Schow, T.... (2001) The Danish National Birth Cohort - its background, structure and aim. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 29(4), 300-307. DOI: 10.1177/14034948010290040201  

Savitz, D., & Ness, R. (2010) Saving the National Childrenʼs Study. Epidemiology, 21(5), 598-601. DOI: 10.1097/EDE.0b013e3181e942cc  

  • June 10, 2011
  • 04:00 PM

Too Many Laws

by Paul Statt in Paul Statt Communications

Research on health effects of distracted driving laws demonstrates that George Soros is right: " thinking has a manipulative function as well as a cognitive one"... Read more »

Ibrahim, J., Anderson, E., Burris, S., & Wagenaar, A. (2011) State Laws Restricting Driver Use of Mobile Communications Devices. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 40(6), 659-665. DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2011.02.024  

  • May 19, 2011
  • 01:00 PM

Full Text And Details For Nature Letter “Data Archiving Is A Good Investment”

by Heather Piwowar in Research Remix

We hope publishing the argument in this high-visibility venue will inspire hallway conversations amongst scientists and influence how they view long-term data archive funding. Particularly those scientists who also wear hats in funding agencies!... Read more »

Piwowar, HA, Vision, TJ, & Whitlock, MC. (2011) Data archiving is a good investment. Nature, 473(7347), 285-285. DOI: 10.1038/473285a  

Piwowar HA, Vision TJ, & Whitlock MC. (2011) Data from: Data archiving is a good investment. Dryad Digital Repository. info:/10.5061/dryad.j1fd7

  • April 24, 2011
  • 02:35 AM

Hiding Place for the Artsy-Scientist

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

...exiled from the class of 'serious' scientists. A lullaby for a weaker child of chemistry. Enjoy your dreams of a lesser biology. She couldn't make it in the big leagues, they'd say. So I hide my dreams of translating science, colorful pages lost in a library of dull covers with obscure, impossible-to-pronounce titles. Surface Plasmon Resonance Series - Nanotechnology-based Sensors. Professor, here is my secret: such a library of science begs translation for the curious non........ Read more »

Editorial. (2011) Fix the PhD. Nature, 472(7343), 259-260. PMID: 21512527  

  • February 23, 2011
  • 06:35 PM

Rough Estimate Of Papers Per Dollar

by Heather Piwowar in Research Remix

[Please forgive the temporary duplicate post... I'm experimenting with CiTO and ResearchBlogging metadata in  the citation links] A project I’m working on needed a back-of-the-envelope estimate for the average number of papers produced per grant-funding-dollar.  This average obviously varies by discipline and grant type and country, and depends on whether the grant funds are direct [...]... Read more »

  • February 23, 2011
  • 06:22 PM

Rough estimate of Papers per Dollar

by Heather Piwowar in Research Remix

A project I’m working on needed a back-of-the-envelope estimate for the average number of papers produced per grant-funding-dollar.  This average obviously varies by discipline and grant type and country, and depends on whether the grant funds are direct funding or total etc…. but I just wanted an order of magnitude estimate and so was willing to [...]... Read more »

  • February 17, 2011
  • 03:36 PM

Holifield needs your help

by nuclear.kelly in Miss Atomic Bomb

Below is the text of a letter in support of the continued operation of the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility at Oak Ridge National Lab. It currently has a dozen signatures attached to it, with more being added daily. If you agree with the letter, consider contacting your representatives and asking them to grant us a fair review.It would be a great tragedy to see the operating budget for the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility (HRIBF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory cut, as has been pr........ Read more »

Jones, K., Adekola, A., Bardayan, D., Blackmon, J., Chae, K., Chipps, K., Cizewski, J., Erikson, L., Harlin, C., Hatarik, R.... (2010) The magic nature of 132Sn explored through the single-particle states of 133Sn. Nature, 465(7297), 454-457. DOI: 10.1038/nature09048  

Beene, J., Bardayan, D., Galindo Uribarri, A., Gross, C., Jones, K., Liang, J., Nazarewicz, W., Stracener, D., Tatum, B., & Varner, R. (2011) ISOL science at the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility. Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, 38(2), 24002. DOI: 10.1088/0954-3899/38/2/024002  

  • February 7, 2011
  • 10:25 PM

Choice vs Gender Discrimination in Math-Intensive Science

by Michael Long in Phased

Choice, not direct discrimination, explains the current low representation of women in tenure-track, math-intensive, research-based faculty positions.... Read more »

Stephen J. Ceci, & Wendy M. Williams. (2011) Understanding current causes of women’s underrepresentation in science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. info:/10.1073/pnas.1014871108

  • December 13, 2010
  • 02:56 AM

How to run a succesful research faculty

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Besides patient care and education, research is also an important part of a med school. Funding and keeping a research department alive in medicine is very complicated. Below are some suggestions from a approach as published in a recent article from the Advances in Health Sciences Education. It’s my own interpretation of the suggestions made [...]

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  • December 8, 2010
  • 10:15 AM

Science Bloggers: Diversifying the news

by Peter Janiszewski, Ph.D. in Science of Blogging

Editor’s Note: When we said we wanted Science of Blogging to pick the brains of the best and brightest in the online science world, we weren’t kidding! Today, I’m excited to share a wonderful post by fellow Canadian, Colin Shultz. Colin is a science journalist, who regularly discusses fascinating topics on his blog and is... Read more »

Walejko, G., & Ksiazek, T. (2010) BLOGGING FROM THE NICHES. Journalism Studies, 11(3), 412-427. DOI: 10.1080/14616700903407429  

  • December 1, 2010
  • 09:08 AM

Can you trust a science blog?

by Peter Janiszewski, Ph.D. in Science of Blogging

I recently came across a new editorial in Analytics Chemistry by Royce Murray entitled, Science Blogs and Caveat Emptor. The main thesis of the editorial is that you can trust peer-reviewed literature, you can trust mainstream science news, but when it comes to science blogs – caveat emptor. Murray states the following: “I firmly believe... Read more »

Royce Murray. (2010) Science Blogs and Caveat Emptor. Analytical Chemistry, 82(21), 8755-8755. DOI: 10.1021/ac102628p  

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