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  • October 15, 2009
  • 09:00 AM

Retracting a paper when the science is sound

by Zen Faulkes in NeuroDojo

The most recent issue of PNAS has an editorial explaining why they required a paper that appeared online to be retracted. It’s a situation that is, as far as I can tell, without a clear precedent.The paper, which has four authors, was published online at the end of August. Apparently unbeknownst to some of the other authors, one author signed an agreement with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) not to publish data arising from the project until near the end of September.Nobody is denying ........ Read more »

  • September 27, 2009
  • 02:30 PM

Violating the Principles of Open Access

by Michael Long in Phased

Caroline Savage and Andrew Vickers (Memorial-Sloan Cancer Research Center, New York) have shown that many scientists who publish in technical science journals, under an open access agreement, are noncompliant with explicit data sharing requirements. This news feature was written on September 27, 2009.... Read more »

  • September 26, 2009
  • 09:38 PM

Scientists: glorified bureaucrats?

by Psi Wavefunction in Skeptic Wonder

I found this a while ago, but no one, to my knowledge, seems to have blogged about it:Real Lives and White Lies in the Funding of Scientific ResearchThe granting system turns young scientists into bureaucrats and then betrays themLawrence PA (2009) PLoS Biology 7(9): e1000197 (open access)Go read the article. It's scary. And seems accurate enough even to an undergrad with limited experience. (Shit, I've been jaded already before even going to grad school...)Within the article is thi........ Read more »

  • 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

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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  

  • August 7, 2009
  • 11:20 AM

The Long Tail of Science

by Jacob Aron in Just A Theory

The science news reported by the mainstream media makes up just a small fraction of research being done. Every day, scientists publish their work in a multitude of journals, but science journalists only really pay attention to the big ones: Nature, Science and so on.
Why? Simply because these journals often publish the best and most [...]... Read more »

  • August 6, 2009
  • 10:29 PM

Digital age or mass production age?

by Andrew Sun in On The Road

The editorial in the July 24 issue of Science1 informed me with a report by the Nanional Academies of the US, Ensuring the Integrity, Accessibility, and Stewardship of Research Data in the Digital Age. I can obtain full text of the report for free because I’m a reader from developing country. But I only had time to read the summary section.
The report gives several recommendations to different roles in the modern scientific infrastructure. Two main ideas shared by these recommenda........ Read more »

Kleppner, D., & Sharp, P. (2009) Research Data in the Digital Age. Science, 325(5939), 368-368. DOI: 10.1126/science.1178927  

  • July 24, 2009
  • 08:40 AM

Escape from the impact factor

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

Quite by chance, I stumbled on this interesting paper [1] yesterday by Philip Campbell who is the Editor-in-Chief of Nature [2]. Here is the abstract:

As Editor-in-Chief of the journal Nature, I am concerned by the tendency within academic administrations to focus on a journal’s impact factor when judging the worth of scientific contributions by researchers, [...]... Read more »

Philip Campbell. (2008) Escape from the impact factor. Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, 5-7. DOI: 10.3354/esep00078  

Philip Campbell. (1995) Postscript from a new hand. Nature, 378(6558), 649-649. DOI: 10.1038/378649b0  

  • July 6, 2009
  • 11:45 AM

Medical and Health Research Reporting in Newspapers is Unreliable

by Michael Long in Phased

William Lai and Trevor Lane (University of Hong Kong, China) have shown that newspaper medical and health journalists often use unpublished, preliminary source material for their news stories, placing into question the reliability of the fundamental premises of the newspaper articles. This news feature was written on July 6, 2009.... Read more »

  • July 2, 2009
  • 02:34 AM

Evolution 2009: The Evolution meetings were, indeed, blogged

by Jeremy Yoder in Denim and Tweed

So I've been putting off a final post-mortem on the use of online resources in connection with Evolution 2009, but Nature finally shamed me into it with an article specifically about blogging and microblogging at scientific meetings as part of a special section devoted to science journalism.

The Nature piece captures the concerns that came up when I first broached the subject of trying to increase the meetings' online profile, especially the question of unwanted publicity: scientific meetings o........ Read more »

  • June 26, 2009
  • 12:00 PM

Increasingly Popular Research Yields Increasingly Unreliable Results

by Michael Long in Phased

Thomas Pfeiffer and Robert Hoffmann (Harvard University

and Massachusetts Institute of Technology) have evidence that

when a scientific research topic is more popular, or when multiple

scientists investigate the same topic, published results from

the research are more likely to be erroneous.

This news feature was written on June 26, 2009.... Read more »

  • June 22, 2009
  • 11:45 AM

Fair Research Assessments Require Extensive Deliberation

by Michael Long in Phased

Liz Allen (Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom) and coworkers

have debunked the universal utility of reducing research scientists

to a number, through bibliographic citation analysis, when assessing

scientific quality.

This news feature was written on June 22, 2009.... Read more »

  • June 19, 2009
  • 04:27 AM

Lies, damned lies, and scientific misconduct

by Jacob Aron in Just A Theory

“Science is inevitably biased to some extent,” says Dr Daniele Fanelli, “because it’s made by human beings.” One might easily dismiss this claim as unfounded, but Fanelli has the numbers to back it up. His recent research paper combined over 20 previous studies on scientific misconduct, and found that nearly 2% of scientists admit to [...]... Read more »

  • June 4, 2009
  • 07:05 PM

How to get a PhD without a dissertation

by Jan Husdal in

Do you write academic papers? Do you really check and actually read your references before citing them? Every now and then I run a search on citation databases, e.g. Scopus, to see if someone has used my published or online work, and today something interesting turned up: my supposed PhD dissertation, cited in two separate and seemingly unrelated papers. While I appreciate the honor of being credited with a PhD, fact is, I don’t have a PhD…yet…so obviously someone did not do their homework........ Read more »

Wasi, S. R., & Bender, J. D. (2004) Spatially Enabled Pipeline Route Optimization Model. Prpceeding of the 2004 International Pipeline Conference (IPC2004) , 699-707. DOI: 10.1115/IPC2004-0362  

  • June 4, 2009
  • 04:01 AM

“What if you could think a thought at the world and have the world think back?”

by ouroboros in Ouroboros: Research in the biology of aging

In collaboration with the estimable Vivan Siegel, I’m writing a series of op/ed articles on the future of scientific publishing. The first of these was about the challenges of filtering the scientific literature. The second piece, explores the prospect of using “Web 2.0″ approaches to accelerate scientific progress. The article starts from the assumption that [...]... Read more »

  • June 2, 2009
  • 05:58 PM

Plagiarism... what can be done? simply suffer it?

by Pablo Artal in Optics confidential

Some comments on the impact of plagiarism on science. How affect scientists; what can we do as scientists and more... (ah! and some recommendations on restaurants too).... Read more »

P.Artal, S. Marcos, R. Navarro, D. R. Williams. (1995) Odd aberrations and double-pass measurements of retinal image quality. J. Opt. Soc. Am. A, 195.

  • 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 »

  • May 29, 2009
  • 02:00 PM

SCIENCE PUBLISHING: Fabrication and Falsification are Widespread in Science

by Michael Long in Phased

Daniele Fanelli (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)

has probed the extent of nonplagiaristic fraud in the technical

science literature, focusing on bio/medical and clinical research.

This news feature was written on May 29, 2009.... Read more »

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