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  • September 22, 2010
  • 10:58 AM

The citation game

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

Although "Publish or perish" is more catchy, I believe it should be "Get cited or perish". Why? Because many people (without naming names, we're talking about your promotion committee)also rely on citation data when deciding a scientist's future.While citations often correlate with other measurements of scientific influence (awards, research grants, etc.) citations are hardly objective, and depend on more factors than someone finding your work useful.Time-dependent factors: Recent publications a........ Read more »

  • September 13, 2010
  • 04:17 PM

In which I flog a dead horse

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

In this post I'd like to revisit the Kouper paper (2010) and even more important, the way it was accepted among science bloggers. First of all, let's start with the blogs studied. The paper says that "The blogs were sampled via the Internet search for "science blogs" and "blogs about science" and by following scientific news on the moment of data collection in Summer, 2008". I'm not sure why Ms. Kouper felt the need to make both searches because Uncle Google, bless its PageRank heart, gives, as........ Read more »

Kouper, I. (2010) Science blogs and public engagement with science: practices, challenges, and opportunities. Jcom, 9(1). info:/

  • September 10, 2010
  • 05:09 PM

Making one-shots better – what the research says (Peer Reviewed Monday, part 2)

by Anne-Marie Deitering in info-fetishist

And now, on to Peer-Reviewed Monday, part two but still not Monday. Mesmer-Magnus, J., & Viswesvaran, C. (2010). The role of pre-training interventions in learning: A meta-analysis and integrative review☆ Human Resource Management Review, 20 (4), 261-282 DOI: 10.1016/j.hrmr.2010.05.001 As I said earlier this week, this was started by a link to this article, a [...]... Read more »

  • September 8, 2010
  • 07:58 PM

Prepping for the one-shot (Peer Review Wednesday)

by Anne-Marie Deitering in info-fetishist

Via the Research Blogging Twitter stream – I came across an article the other day that seemed like it would be of particular interest to practitioners of the one-shot, but as I was reading it I realized that it drew so heavily on an earlier model, that I should read that one too – so [...]... Read more »

  • September 5, 2010
  • 11:48 PM

Science Blogging Meta

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

I love the Groth and Gurney paper, and not just because it introduced me to The authors analyzed 295 blog posts about chemistry and the included citations. In comparison to the usual pieces which deal with science blogging in the scholarly literature, this paper has dealt with a large number of posts. Most of what I've read about science blogging are either opinion articles (Batts et al, 2008), or qualitative research, aka interviews with a small number of bloggers ........ Read more »

Paul Groth, & Thomas Gurney. (2010) Studying Scientific Discourse on the Web Using Bibliometrics: A Chemistry Blogging Case Study. In press. info:/

Sara Kjellberg. (2010) I am a blogging researcher: Motivations for blogging in a scholarly context. First Monday, 15(8). info:other/

  • September 1, 2010
  • 06:17 AM

How Many Unique Papers Are There In Mendeley?

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

Mendeley is a handy piece of desktop and web software for managing and sharing research papers [1]. This popular tool has been getting a lot of attention lately, and with some impressive statistics it’s not difficult why. At the time of writing Mendeley claims to have over 36 million papers, added by just under half a [...]... Read more »

Victor Henning, & Jan Reichelt. (2008) Mendeley - A For Research?. IEEE Fourth International Conference on eScience, 327-328. DOI: 10.1109/eScience.2008.128  

  • August 8, 2010
  • 01:52 PM

Collaborating and Delivering Literature Search Results to Clinical Teams Using Web 2.0 Tools

by Laika in Laika's Medliblog

There seem to be two camps in the library, the medical and many other worlds: those who embrace Web 2.0, because they consider it useful for their practice and those who are unaware of Web 2.0 or think it is just a fad. There are only a few ways the Web 2.0-critical people can be convinced: by [...]... Read more »

  • July 27, 2010
  • 12:17 PM

Twenty Million Papers in PubMed: A Triumph or a Tragedy?

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

A quick search on today reveals that the freely available American database of biomedical literature has just passed the 20 million citations mark*. Should we celebrate or commiserate passing this landmark figure? Is it a triumph or a tragedy that PubMed® is the size it i... Read more »

Halevy, A., Norvig, P., & Pereira, F. (2009) The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data. IEEE Intelligent Systems, 24(2), 8-12. DOI: 10.1109/MIS.2009.36  

Torvik VI, & Smalheiser NR. (2009) Author Name Disambiguation in MEDLINE. ACM transactions on knowledge discovery from data, 3(3). PMID: 20072710  

Islamaj Dogan R, Murray GC, Névéol A, & Lu Z. (2009) Understanding PubMed user search behavior through log analysis. Database : the journal of biological databases and curation. PMID: 20157491  

  • July 15, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

How many journal articles have been published (ever)?

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

Earlier this year, the scientific journal PLoS ONE published their 10,000th article. Ten thousand articles is a lot of papers especially when you consider that PLoS ONE only started publishing four short years ago in 2006. But scientists have been publishing in journals for at least 350 years [1] so it might make you wonder, how many articles have been published in scientific and learned journals since time began?... Read more »

Oldenburg, H. (1665) Epistle Dedicatory. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 1(1-22). DOI: 10.1098/rstl.1665.0001  

Jacsó, P. (2010) Metadata mega mess in Google Scholar. Online Information Review, 34(1), 175-191. DOI: 10.1108/14684521011024191  

  • June 22, 2010
  • 07:07 PM

Will Nano-Publications & Triplets Replace The Classic Journal Articles?

by Laika in Laika's Medliblog

“Libraries and journals articles as we know them will cease to exists” said Barend Mons at the symposium in honor of our Library 25th Anniversary (June 3rd). “Possibly we will have another kind of party in another 25 years”…. he continued, grinning. What he had to say the next half hour intrigued me. And although [...]... Read more »

van Haagen HH, 't Hoen PA, Botelho Bovo A, de Morrée A, van Mulligen EM, Chichester C, Kors JA, den Dunnen JT, van Ommen GJ, van der Maarel SM.... (2009) Novel protein-protein interactions inferred from literature context. PloS one, 4(11). PMID: 19924298  

  • June 22, 2010
  • 03:39 AM

Impact Factor Boxing 2010

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentlemen, Impact Factor Boxing  is here again. As with last year (2009), these metrics are already a year out of date. But this doesn’t stop many people from writing about impact factors and it’s been an interesting year [1] for the metrics used by many to judge value of [...]... Read more »

Abbott, A., Cyranoski, D., Jones, N., Maher, B., Schiermeier, Q., & Van Noorden, R. (2010) Metrics: Do metrics matter?. Nature, 465(7300), 860-862. DOI: 10.1038/465860a  

Van Noorden, R. (2010) Metrics: A profusion of measures. Nature, 465(7300), 864-866. DOI: 10.1038/465864a  

Tibor Braun, Margit Osterloh, Jevin West, Jennifer Rohn, David Pendlebury, Carl Bergstrom, & Bruno Frey. (2010) How to improve the use of metrics. Nature, 465(7300), 870-872. DOI: 10.1038/465870a  

  • June 8, 2010
  • 12:45 PM

PubMed versus Google Scholar for Retrieving Evidence

by Laika in Laika's Medliblog

A while ago a resident in dermatology told me she got many hits out of PubMed, but zero results out of TRIP. It appeared she had used the same search for both databases: alopecea areata and diphenciprone (a drug with a lot of synonyms). Searching TRIP for alopecea (in the title) only, we found a Cochrane [...]... Read more »

  • June 7, 2010
  • 03:21 PM

Paper trail, or: Did they say that? Peer-reviewed journal edition

by Zen Faulkes in NeuroDojo

Everybody makes mistakes. But the peer-reviewed scientific literature tries to reduce mistakes by having fairly rigorous rules for citation. Citing original sources increases transparency and greatly facilitates fact-checking.

For instance, in one of our recent papers, we pointed out that a reference given in another paper did not support the point being made (as far as we could tell). Probably most practicing scientists have a story like that. But how common is that sort of error?

A new paper........ Read more »

Todd, P., Guest, J., Lu, J., & Chou, L. (2010) One in four citations in marine biology papers is inappropriate. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 299-303. DOI: 10.3354/meps08587  

  • June 5, 2010
  • 10:41 PM

Inappropriate citations?

by Christina Pikas in Christina's LIS Rant

Kevin Zelnio of Deep Sea News tweeted the title of this piece and sent my mind going over the various theories of citation, what citations mean, studies showing how people cite without reading (pdf) (or at least propagate obvious citation errors), and also how people use things but don't cite them in certain fields... I was also thinking, I know what inappropriate touching is, but what's inappropriate citing?  So let's take a look at the article: Todd, P., Guest, J., Lu, J., & Chou, L........ Read more »

Todd, P., Guest, J., Lu, J., & Chou, L. (2010) One in four citations in marine biology papers is inappropriate. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 299-303. DOI: 10.3354/meps08587  

  • May 10, 2010
  • 09:00 AM

PubMed vs. Google Scholar

by Zen Faulkes in NeuroDojo

A comment on Twitter about PubMed left me wondering aloud why people use the thing instead of Google Scholar. This idle comment brought a surprising amount of comments.

Before I get to the comments, let me explain my point of view. I’ve never warmed to PubMed, although I know many of my peers use it multiple times daily. I suppose part of it is the “med” moniker. While PubMed does include a lot of the basic biological literature, it’s still fundamentally a medical resource. And I am not........ Read more »

  • April 30, 2010
  • 03:12 AM

Daniel Cohen on the Social Life of Digital Libraries

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

Daniel Cohen is giving a talk in Cambridge today on The Social Life of Digital Libraries, abstract below: The digitization of libraries had a clear initial goal: to permit anyone to read the contents of collections anywhere and anytime. But universal access is only the beginning of what may happen to libraries and researchers in [...]... Read more »

  • April 25, 2010
  • 05:46 PM

Review of an article using bibliometric qual methods to study sub-discipline collaboration behavior

by Christina Pikas in Christina's LIS Rant

Mixed methods are always attractive, but many researchers give up because each method typically requires some epistemology which often conflicts with the epistemology of other methods. When mixed methods are done, they are often done in sequence. For example, qualitative work to understand enough about a phenomenon to develop a survey or interviewing survey respondents  to get richer information about their responses. Network methods are neither quantitative* nor qualitative and it's n........ Read more »

  • April 17, 2010
  • 01:31 AM

Using the fact that sometimes scientists look at the pictures first

by Christina Pikas in Christina's LIS Rant

I was happy to see that the authors published this article in PlosOne. I was following their work a while ago, but had lost track (plus, when asked, the last author implied that they had moved on to new projects). So here's the citation and then I'll summarize and comment. Divoli, A., Wooldridge, M., & Hearst, M. (2010). Full Text and Figure Display Improves Bioscience Literature Search PLoS ONE, 5 (4) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009619 The authors created a prototype information system tha........ Read more »

  • January 29, 2010
  • 01:11 PM

Science Behind the Warm Fuzzy Feeling

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

Richard L. Hart's article finds no evidence through citation analysis for the higher quality of published articles from collaborative research. However, the quality of manuscripts submitted may be higher, so the author experience may be better.... Read more »

  • January 26, 2010
  • 07:21 PM

Learning to Teach

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

Summary of Kate marek's article on the support required for LIS faculty in order to create and teach online courses... Read more »

Kate Marek. (2009) Learning to teach online: creating a culture of support for faculty. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 50(4), 275-292. info:/

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