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  • January 8, 2013
  • 10:28 AM

High-impact Journals for Genetics and Genomics

by Daniel Koboldt in Massgenomics

One of the burdens of the information age is that there’s far more content produced than could ever be read by the population. This is categorically true of blogging, but also a fact of research publication. With hundreds of academic journals (ISI indexes over 11,000 science and social science journals) and thousands of articles published [...]... Read more »

  • 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 18, 2012
  • 08:02 AM

How Long Should a Scientific Publication be?

by Richard Kunert in Brain's Idea

In one word: short. In two words: it depends. A neuroscience expert faces the challenge of 100 new neuroscience articles being published on a daily basis. S/he will never be able to read all that. So, what can be done to get your own publication known to the community? . 1) Know the reader and [...]... Read more »

  • December 10, 2012
  • 08:55 AM

Implied audience in high-profile psychology papers: Beyond the “nice lady on the subway.”

by J Zevin in The Magnet is Always On

Perhaps the most serious problem with the “nice lady on the subway” as implied audience for scientific communication is that it contributes to an environment in which over-interpretation of results is essentially standard. By accepting the assumption that the concepts we’re working with should be familiar and accessible to everyone, we invite the misapprehension that our results can speak directly to the kinds of questions ordinary people have about how their minds work. We can do better t........ Read more »

  • November 13, 2012
  • 04:58 PM

Flaky chocolate and the New England Journal of Medicine

by Dorothy Bishop in bishopblog

The high profile journal, the New England Journal of Medicine, recently published a paper reporting an association between a nation's number of Nobel laureates per head and mean chocolate consumption. Was this intended seriously? It is hard to believe so, since very obvious explanations for the association were not tested, though they could easily have been. Nevertheless, there's no indication that the journal was using this example to demonstrate the perils of assuming causation from ........ Read more »

  • November 7, 2012
  • 10:24 AM

Video Tip of the Week: Force11 and the future of research communications

by Mary in OpenHelix

Recently the National Center for Biomedical Ontology (NCBO) hosted a webinar about the changing face of research communications. Beyond traditional publication, there are a lot of new methods to do outreach and communication about science–blogs, twitter, videos, social media like Facebook and Google+, MOOCs, software tools, and more. This is for our peers and for [...]... Read more »

Bourne Philip E , Clark Tim, Dale Robert, De Waard Anita, Herman Ivan, Hovy Eduard, & Shotton David. (2012) Improving future research communication and e-scholarship : a summary of findings. Informatik-Spektrum, 35(1), 62. DOI: 10.1007/s00287-011-0592-1  

Bourne, Philip E., Clark, Timothy W., Dale, Robert, de Waard, Anita, Herman, Ivan, Hovy, Eduard H., & David Shotton. (2011) Improving The Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship. Dagstuhl Manifestos, 1(1), 41-59. info:/10.4230/DagMan.1.1.41

  • November 3, 2012
  • 10:56 AM

Rediscovering the basics

by SS in Scientific scrutiny

anti-HSA antibody CIM disk... 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  

  • October 24, 2012
  • 10:31 AM

Commercial Publishing is Taking Open Access Seriously

by James in Open Science

This morning I came across a paper by Laakso & Björk (2012) examining the volume of scientific articles published as OA journals from 2000 to 2011. One of the most interesting points they demonstrated was the internal shift in the structure of publisher types that are involved in OA: What we see here is the total [...]... Read more »

  • October 18, 2012
  • 02:00 AM

Graduate Students Should Be Able to Specialize In Replication

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Now that the need for more replication has forced its way onto the scientific agenda we should begin thinking about how to build systems to support its growth and institutionalization. New publications and conferences are all good steps, but we should go beyond relying on a loosely organized group of scientists who dedicate time to [...]... Read more »

  • October 3, 2012
  • 08:22 AM

BJGP and open access – avoiding unintended consequences

by Euan in Dr Euan Lawson

This month in the BJGP, the editor, Roger Jones, reviews open access publishing. There are lots of issue around open access and these are well summarised in the article. In general, open access is regarded as A Good Thing. I wouldn’t disagree. Organisations such as the Wellcome Trust, the Research Councils UK, and National Institute [...]... Read more »

  • September 21, 2012
  • 05:20 PM

William Gosset: A True Student

by Pranab Chatterjee in Scepticemia

Today I attended a Basic Epidemiology class meant for the undergraduate students as I thought it would be good to brush up on my basic knowledge. The topics for the day were Hypothesis Testing and An Introduction to Randomized Controlled Trials, both pretty important ones, no matter which level you are studying at. What struck [...]... Read more »

  • September 21, 2012
  • 04:11 PM

On Authorship, Part I

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

Most articles today are results of teamwork, whether it’s only two authors working together or thousands, (think CERN). As science keeps getting bigger, authorship no longer equals actual writing, but one way or another of contribution to team effort.  Authorship of massive scale, or “Hyperauthorship” (Cronin, 2001) is very common in high-energy physics and certain [...]

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  • September 17, 2012
  • 11:30 PM

How to Build a Neuron: Shortcuts

by TheCellularScale in The Cellular Scale

So you want to build a neuron, but don't have the time to fill and stain it, digitally reconstruct it, or even to knit one. Knitting Neuroscience from Knit a Neuron Well you are in luck because a lot of scientists have collected a lot of data already and some of them are even willing to openly share their work.  While it is great that people are willing to share their data, that willingness alone is not enough to actually make the data widely accessible (or searchable for that mat........ Read more »

  • August 25, 2012
  • 09:32 AM

Who dunnit? The avoidable crisis of scientific authorship

by Richard Kunert in Brain's Idea

This year, Germany’s highest court reached a damning verdict concerning academic pay. It is so low that it is in breach of the constitution. Why do research then? One reason is that it gives you prestige – which often precedes money. Brain areas are still talked about in terms of Brodmann areas and not Smith [...]... Read more »

  • August 16, 2012
  • 08:40 AM

Independent Confirmation of Results and Academic Publishers: A Potential Opportunity?

by James in Open Science

Having already written about the need to independently test results, I’m pleased to see a news article in Nature that highlights the following initiative by Science Exchange to replicate high-profile papers: Scientific publishers are backing an initiative to encourage authors of high-profile research papers to get their results replicated by independent labs. Validation studies will [...]... Read more »

  • August 8, 2012
  • 02:28 PM

The Forever Decline: Academia’s Monograph Crisis

by James in Open Science

A decade or so ago you’d be forgiven for thinking that the monograph was in terminal decline. Just take the now 13-year-old words of Stanley Chodorow, who in his work, The Pace of Scholarship, the Scholarly Career, and the Monograph, claimed that the specialization of the academic monograph signalled “Its evolutionary track is at an [...]... Read more »

Willinsky, John. (2009) Toward the Design of an Open Monograph Press. JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING, 12(1). DOI: 10.3998/3336451.0012.103  

  • July 30, 2012
  • 04:40 PM

Solving the Positive Results Bias

by James in Open Science

One of the biggest problems facing science is that it’s done by us mere humans. We’re highly fallible and, as a result, science is vulnerable to our numerous list of biases. To some extent the scientific method, as a collective activity, has gradually evolved to shield itself against these individual-level biases. For instance, the notion [...]... Read more »

  • July 28, 2012
  • 10:56 PM

Self-citing bloggers: my research is the coolest thing ever (let me tell you all about it!)

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

Every enthusiastic scientist knows that once you reach a certain level of specialization, there are very few people in your immediate surroundings that actually understand what you say. Eyes of family and friends get a bit glassy when you tell them about the SIR2 homologs, and nobody wants to look at your C. elegans’ baby [...]

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Shema, H., Bar-Ilan, J., & Thelwall, M. (2012) Self- Citation of Bloggers in the Science Blogosphere. To be presented at COSCI12, Dusseldorf, August 1-5. info:/

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