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  • January 9, 2010
  • 01:09 PM

Very quick note on things that are used but not cited

by Christina Pikas in Christina's LIS Rant

In most of the discussions of using usage as a metric of scholarly impact, the example of the clinician is given.  The example goes that medical articles might be heavily used and indeed have a huge impact on practice (saving lives), but be uncited. There are other fields that have practitioners who pull from the literature, but do not contribute to it. So it was with interest that I read this new article by the MacRoberts: MacRoberts, M., & MacRoberts, B. (2009). Problems of citatio........ Read more »

MacRoberts, M., & MacRoberts, B. (2009) Problems of citation analysis: A study of uncited and seldom-cited influences. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 1-12. DOI: 10.1002/asi.21228  

  • December 10, 2009
  • 07:18 PM

The Semantic Biochemical Journal experiment

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

There is an interesting review [1] (and special issue) in the Biochemical Journal today, published by Portland Press Ltd. It provides (quote) “a whirlwind tour of recent projects to transform scholarly publishing paradigms, culminating in Utopia and the Semantic Biochemical Journal experiment”. Here is a quick outline of the publishing projects the review describes and [...]... Read more »

Attwood, T., Kell, D., McDermott, P., Marsh, J., Pettifer, S., & Thorne, D. (2009) Calling International Rescue: knowledge lost in literature and data landslide!. Biochemical Journal, 424(3), 317-333. DOI: 10.1042/BJ20091474  

Fink, J., Kushch, S., Williams, P., & Bourne, P. (2008) BioLit: integrating biological literature with databases. Nucleic Acids Research, 36(Web Server). DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkn317  

Pafilis, E., O'Donoghue, S., Jensen, L., Horn, H., Kuhn, M., Brown, N., & Schneider, R. (2009) Reflect: augmented browsing for the life scientist. Nature Biotechnology, 27(6), 508-510. DOI: 10.1038/nbt0609-508  

Pettifer, S., Thorne, D., McDermott, P., Marsh, J., Villéger, A., Kell, D., & Attwood, T. (2009) Visualising biological data: a semantic approach to tool and database integration. BMC Bioinformatics, 10(Suppl 6). DOI: 10.1186/1471-2105-10-S6-S19  

  • October 21, 2009
  • 03:39 AM

Conflicts of Interest in Medical Journal Publishing

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Publish or Perish sums up the urgency for scientists to publish in top journals. Scientists work in competitive environments in which publishing is essential to their careers, reputation and research funding. Journal editors and peer reviewers are the ones to judge the manuscripts for quality and safeguard the interests of the readership of the journal.
The [...]

Related posts:Three Factors to Evaluate the Quality of Medical Websites Medical Content (Adherence, Completeness, References, Upda........ Read more »

Drazen, J., Van Der Weyden, M., Sahni, P., Rosenberg, J., Marusic, A., Laine, C., Kotzin, S., Horton, R., Hebert, P., Haug, C.... (2009) Uniform Format for Disclosure of Competing Interests in ICMJE Journals. New England Journal of Medicine. DOI: 10.1056/nejme0909052  

Jefferson, T. (2002) Effects of Editorial Peer Review: A Systematic Review. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 287(21), 2784-2786. DOI: 10.1001/jama.287.21.2784  

  • September 18, 2009
  • 07:50 AM

Popular, personal and public data at PLoS

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a non-profit organisation committed to making the world’s scientific and medical literature freely accessible to everyone via open access publishing. As recently announced they have just published the first article-level metrics (e.g. web server logs and related information) for all articles in their library. This is novel, interesting [...]... Read more »

Levy, S., Sutton, G., Ng, P., Feuk, L., Halpern, A., Walenz, B., Axelrod, N., Huang, J., Kirkness, E., Denisov, G.... (2007) The Diploid Genome Sequence of an Individual Human. PLoS Biology, 5(10). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0050254  

Holy, T., & Guo, Z. (2005) Ultrasonic Songs of Male Mice. PLoS Biology, 3(12). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0030386  

The PLoS Medicine Editors. (2006) The Impact Factor Game. PLoS Medicine, 3(6). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030291  

Voight, B., Kudaravalli, S., Wen, X., & Pritchard, J. (2006) A Map of Recent Positive Selection in the Human Genome. PLoS Biology, 4(3). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0040072  

Hagmann, P., Cammoun, L., Gigandet, X., Meuli, R., Honey, C., Wedeen, V., & Sporns, O. (2008) Mapping the Structural Core of Human Cerebral Cortex. PLoS Biology, 6(7). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0060159  

Saunders, N., Beltrão, P., Jensen, L., Jurczak, D., Krause, R., Kuhn, M., & Wu, S. (2009) Microblogging the ISMB: A New Approach to Conference Reporting. PLoS Computational Biology, 5(1). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000263  

  • September 14, 2009
  • 04:38 AM

The Trouble with Wikipedia as a Source for Medical Information

by Laika in Laika's Medliblog

Image via Wikipedia

Do you ever use Wikipedia? I do and so do many other people. It is for free, easy to use, and covers many subjects.
But do you ever use Wikipedia to look up scientific or medical information? Probably everyone does so once in a while. Dave Munger (Researchblogging) concluded a discussion on Twitter as [...]... Read more »

Clauson, K., Polen, H., Boulos, M., & Dzenowagis, J. (2008) Scope, Completeness, and Accuracy of Drug Information in Wikipedia. Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 42(12), 1814-1821. DOI: 10.1345/aph.1L474  

Laurent, M., & Vickers, T. (2009) Seeking Health Information Online: Does Wikipedia Matter?. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 16(4), 471-479. DOI: 10.1197/jamia.M3059  

Halavais, A., & Lackaff, D. (2008) An Analysis of Topical Coverage of Wikipedia. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(2), 429-440. DOI: 10.1111/j.1083-6101.2008.00403.x  

Mühlhauser I, & Oser F. (2008) [Does WIKIPEDIA provide evidence-based health care information? A content analysis]. Zeitschrift fur Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen, 102(7), 441-8. PMID: 19209572  

Amichai–Hamburger, Y., Lamdan, N., Madiel, R., & Hayat, T. (2008) Personality Characteristics of Wikipedia Members. CyberPsychology , 11(6), 679-681. DOI: 10.1089/cpb.2007.0225  

Daub, J., Gardner, P., Tate, J., Ramskold, D., Manske, M., Scott, W., Weinberg, Z., Griffiths-Jones, S., & Bateman, A. (2008) The RNA WikiProject: Community annotation of RNA families. RNA, 14(12), 2462-2464. DOI: 10.1261/rna.1200508  

Mons, B., Ashburner, M., Chichester, C., van Mulligen, E., Weeber, M., den Dunnen, J., van Ommen, G., Musen, M., Cockerill, M., Hermjakob, H.... (2008) Calling on a million minds for community annotation in WikiProteins. Genome Biology, 9(5). DOI: 10.1186/gb-2008-9-5-r89  

Huss, J., Orozco, C., Goodale, J., Wu, C., Batalov, S., Vickers, T., Valafar, F., & Su, A. (2008) A Gene Wiki for Community Annotation of Gene Function. PLoS Biology, 6(7). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0060175  

  • September 10, 2009
  • 10:28 AM

Why don’t scientists share data?

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

As Vince Smith once put it [1] data are the fuel of Science:
“The fabric of science is changing, driven by a revolution in digital technologies that facilitate the acquisition and communication of massive amounts of data. This is changing the nature of collaboration and expanding opportunities to participate in science. If digital technologies are the [...]... Read more »

Schofield, P., Bubela, T., Weaver, T., Portilla, L., Brown, S., Hancock, J., Einhorn, D., Tocchini-Valentini, G., Hrabe de Angelis, M., & Rosenthal, N. (2009) Post-publication sharing of data and tools. Nature, 461(7261), 171-173. DOI: 10.1038/461171a  

Toronto International Data Release Workshop Authors. (2009) Prepublication data sharing. Nature, 461(7261), 168-170. DOI: 10.1038/461168a  

Bryn Nelson. (2009) Data sharing: Empty archives. Nature, 461(7261), 160-163. DOI: 10.1038/461160a  

  • June 29, 2009
  • 04:44 PM

Taking control of fair use – (Peer-Reviewed Monday)

by Anne-Marie Deitering in info-fetishist

And… on a Monday even.  What are the odds?

This article (PDF) picks up on the post last week about Emily the Strange and Nate the Great.  In terms of creativity, transformation, fair use and — what this means for those of us in libraries, those of us who teach, or those of us in higher [...]... Read more »

  • June 14, 2009
  • 02:39 AM

Is Taylor's "compromised need" pseudoscience?

by Christina Pikas in Christina's LIS Rant

If you've read my blog at all, you probably know I'm a Taylor (1962,

1968) groupie.

In fact, in a recent post

I talked about going from a visceral need to a compromised

need.  This is a central idea in library science. So when I

saw this article in my feeds today, I had to pounce on it:


J. (in press). Compromised need and the label effect: An examination of

claims and evidence Journal

of the American Society for Information Science and Technology,

1-6 DOI: 10........ Read more »

Nicolaisen, J. (2009) Compromised need and the label effect: An examination of claims and evidence. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 1-6. DOI: 10.1002/asi.21129  

  • June 9, 2009
  • 03:46 AM

Motivating students in the one-shot (peer-reviewed Monday)

by Anne-Marie Deitering in info-fetishist

Okay, not really.  And OMG Peer-Reviewed Monday is back!  But there are connections to the one-shot here, really.

One thing that came out, over and over, in the research that Kate and I just presented at WILU was the idea that student in information literacy classes aren’t motivated to do the work, and that the instructors [...]... Read more »

Palmer, D. (2009) Student interest generated during an inquiry skills lesson. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 46(2), 147-165. DOI: 10.1002/tea.20263  

  • June 7, 2009
  • 08:00 AM

Google Scholar – really scholarly?

by Jan Husdal in

A study published in the May 2009 issue of College & Research Libraries investigates how Google Scholar compares to library databases. As it turns out, Google Scholar is on average 17.6 percent more scholarly than materials found only in library databases. D’oh! So should you switch to Google Scholar?... Read more »

  • June 1, 2009
  • 07:09 AM

Measuring burnout in the public domain vs. copyright methods

by Andrew Lyons in The Psych Student

Here we look at a couple tools for measuring professional burnout, the Maslach Burnout Inventory and the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory, which were tested for use in mapping burnout among teachers in New Zealand... Read more »

  • May 29, 2009
  • 10:12 PM

Online journals – curse or blessing?

by Jan Husdal in

A year ago or so I was perusing the Internet for scholarly or academic blogs, which I found, commented on and then forgot about. Today I stumbled upon an old comment that is a poignant reminder of my post on the Catch 22 of Academic Publishing. It was my comment on the post The Paradox [...]... Read more »

  • April 20, 2009
  • 02:03 PM

The Textbook of the Future

by Olexandr Isayev in

College textbooks are going digital! Declan Butler, a senior reporter at Nature asks how this will shake up student reading habits and the multi-billion-dollar print textbook market:
The rumble of textbooks thumping on to the desks of a university lecture theatre, the rustle of turning pages, the groan of backpack straps hoisting 10 kilograms of textbooks [...]... Read more »

  • March 24, 2009
  • 12:35 AM

what do huge numbers powerful computers tell us about scholarly literature? (peer-reviewed Monday)

by Anne-Marie Deitering in info-fetishist

A little more than a month ago, I saw a reference to an article called Complexity and Social Science (by a LOT of authors).  The title intrigued me, but when I clicked through I found out that it was about a different kind of complexity than I had been expecting.

Still, because the authors [...]... Read more »

Lazer, D., Pentland, A., Adamic, L., Aral, S., Barabasi, A., Brewer, D., Christakis, N., Contractor, N., Fowler, J., Gutmann, M.... (2009) SOCIAL SCIENCE: Computational Social Science. Science, 323(5915), 721-723. DOI: 10.1126/science.1167742  

Bollen, J., Van de Sompel, H., Hagberg, A., Bettencourt, L., Chute, R., Rodriguez, M., & Balakireva, L. (2009) Clickstream Data Yields High-Resolution Maps of Science. PLoS ONE, 4(3). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0004803  

  • March 19, 2009
  • 02:43 AM

peer-review, what it is good for? (peer-reviewed Monday)

by Anne-Marie Deitering in info-fetishist

In a lot of disciplines, the peer reviewed literature is all about the new, but while the stories may be new, they’re usually told in the same same same old ways.  This is a genre that definitely has its generic conventions.  So while the what of the articles is new, it’s pretty unusual to see [...]... Read more »

  • March 3, 2009
  • 02:53 AM

Peer-reviewed Monday - knowing stuff makes you search better

by Anne-Marie Deitering in info-fetishist

Actually, it doesn’t. But more on that later.

I might have to rethink the peer-reviewed Monday thing because sometimes there are Mondays when I just don’t have anything exciting to talk about. I knew I should have saved the doodling thing, but I just didn’t want to.

So today found me searching. And look what [...]... Read more »

  • February 27, 2009
  • 05:49 PM

doodling as pedagogy

by Anne-Marie Deitering in info-fetishist

This one has been all over the news in the last two days, but if you haven’t seen it, it’s an Early View article in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology. The article suggests that people who doodle while they are listening to stuff retain more of what they hear than non-doodlers do.

As an unabashed [...]... Read more »

Jackie Andrade. (2009) What does doodling do?. Applied Cognitive Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/acp.1561  

  • February 24, 2009
  • 04:49 PM

Peer-reviewed Monday (plus 24 hours) - has anyone tried out this Delphi method?

by Anne-Marie Deitering in info-fetishist

So this is a little different for peer-reviewed Monday, even though it is a peer-reviewed article about information literacy. It’s different in that I chose the article because of the research method - the infolit topic was just a bonus. I’m going to be involved in a project for the Oregon Library Association [...]... Read more »

  • February 17, 2009
  • 02:55 AM

Peer-reviewed Monday - Making Ignorance

by Anne-Marie Deitering in info-fetishist

I meant to come up with the perfect, open-access peer-reviewed article on something different - something besides media literacy, publics, critical thinking or reflective practice.

But I failed.  I’ve read a few articles this week, but nothing really compelling or interesting.  So here’s a quick thing -the article I read is behind Sage’s paywall:

S. H. Stocking, [...]... Read more »

  • February 10, 2009
  • 03:28 AM

Peer-reviewed Monday - Reflective Pedagogy

by Anne-Marie Deitering in info-fetishist

When I wrote that one theory and practice post last November I was thinking about reflective practice, but I didn’t really talk about it.  Luckily, Kirsten at Into the Stacks picked up that thought for me.  The whole post is great, but here’s the reflection piece:

But the purpose of theory, it seems to me, is [...]... Read more »

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