Thursday, February 22, 2007

Highly cited papers previously rejected

Campanario JM, Acedo E. 2007. Rejecting highly cited papers: The views of scientists who encounter resistance to their discoveries from other scientists. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Article online in advance of print (6 Feb).


A useful survey about the difficulties encountered by scientists to have their own articles published. Manuscripts containing new ideas are often rejected, but once published by using different strategies, they can attract a great deal of citations and become highly relevant.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Guidelines on Publication Ethics

Graf C, Wager E, Bowman A, Fiack S , Scott-Lichter D, Robinson A. 2007. Best Practice Guidelines on Publication Ethics: a Publisher's Perspective International Journal of Clinical Practice 61 (s152), 1–26.


These Guidelines describe Blackwell Publishing's position on the major ethical principles of academic publishing and review factors that may foster ethical behavior or create problems. Blackwell Publishing recommends that editors adapt and adopt the suggestions outlined to best fit the needs of their own particular publishing environment. They provide practical guidance in the form of Best Practice statements.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


Raja UY, Cooper JG. 2006. How accurate are the references in Emergency Medical Journal? Emergency Medical Journal. 23(8):625-626.

The objective of this article was to access the accuracy of references in Emergency Medicine Journal during 2003. Out of the 2561 citations checked they found 19% contained minor errors and in 8% the errors were classed as major, in such a way as to distract from the quality of the reference. This article makes some important points, not only does poor referencing reflect badly on the journal but it pulls into question the quality of the research in general. With this in mind, should journals expect editors to check the accuracy of citations against reliable electronic and manual resources as standard practice?

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Is there science beyond English?

Meneghini R, Packer AL . 2007. Is there science beyond English? Initiatives to increase the quality and visibility of non-English publications might help to break down language barriers in scientific communication. EMBO reports 8, 2, 112–116


Scientists must master English to obtain international recognition and to access relevant publications. English has become a communication tool also in the less erudite world, consisting of those who want to learn about and pass on knowledge. Much research however is still published in languages other than English and even if it is valuable, it will not be spread to the international community. Suggetions are given to change this trend and foster also the use of local languages, but ... this article that is intended for the wider international community is written in English!