Wednesday, April 25, 2007

To blind or not to blind?

Regehr G , Bordage G. 2006. To blind or not to blind? What authors and reviewers prefer. Medical Education 40: 832–839


A web-based survey was sent to all authors and reviewers who had submitted or reviewed a manuscript for Medical Education in 2003 and 2004. Authors and reviewers who chose to respond to the survey voted strongly in favour of continuing the double-blinding procedure of concealing both author and reviewer identities during the review process. Determining the replicability of these findings in other academic fields would reveal the extent to which this social construction of peer review is idiosyncratic to the medical education field.

Friday, April 13, 2007

How to write an English medical manuscript that will be published and have impact

Tompson A. 2006. How to Write an English Medical Manuscript That Will Be Published and Have Impact. Surg Today (36)407-9

English has become the international language in science. Yet to write a medical manuscript in a second language is a challenge for many scientists whose native language is not English. The authors explains how it need not be such a challenge if you follow a few simple rules based on the concept of “simplicity = clarity = effective communication.” , in fact any paper will have impact only if the readers can understand it easily.

How to write consistently boring scientific literature

Kaj Sand-Jensen. 2007. How to write consistently boring scientific literature. Oikos (OnlineEarly Articles). doi:10.1111/j.2007.0030-1299.15674.x

Scientists typically insist that their research is very exciting when they talk to laymen and prospective students, but the allure of this enthusiasm is too often lost in the predictable, stilted structure and language of their scientific publications. A top-10 list of recommendations for how to write consistently boring scientific publications is presented andd suggestions givben to make these contributions more accessible and exciting.

Learning and Teaching Medical Writing

Learning/Teaching Medical Writing. 2007. The Write Stuff (1)

The January issue of The Write Stuff (the official publication of the European Medical Writers Associations ( is decicated to Learning and Teaching Medical Writing and considers it under different points of view. Medical writers rarely have a specific qualification in medical writing and often need to learn. Scientists can benefit from courses on medical writing that also increase the chances of publication for non native speakers. Teaching medical writing is now a very good opportunity for medical writers. Some useful tips from teachers are included.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Scholarly Productivity of Editorial Board Members

Weinrach SG., Thomas KR, Pruett SR, Chan F. 2006. Scholarly Productivity of Editorial Board Members of Three American Counseling and Counseling Psychology Journals . International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 28(3) 303-5

Scholarly journals in professional and scientific fields communicate new knowledge and editorial board members (EBMs) serve as gatekeepers of what information will be communicated. This study analyzes the scholarly productivity of the editorial board members of three major American counseling journals.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The cost of journal publishing

King, D. W. 2007. The cost of journal publishing: a literature review and commentary Learned Publishing, 20: 85–106
doi: 10.1087/174148507X183551

Detailed description of the costs, direct and indirect, involved in publishing. Also illustrates the effect of the number of articles published on average costs, examines the implications for libraries and the author-side payment model, and gives examples of how economies of scale can be achieved.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

How to draw three-dimensional structures on two-dimensional paper

Brecher J. 2006. Graphical representation of stereochemical configuration Pure and Applied Chemistry 78(10):1897-1970. doi:10.1351/pac200678101897

Recommendations are provided for the display of three-dimensional stereochemical information in two-dimensional diagrams in ways that avoid ambiguity and are likely to be understood correctly by all viewers. Examples are provided for all types of stereochemical configuration, with explanation of which styles are preferred and which should be avoided.

Proposed Standard for the Scholarly Citation of Quantitative Data

Altman M., King G. 2007. A Proposed Standard for the Scholarly Citation of Quantitative Data D-Lib Magazine 13(3/4). doi:10.1045/march2007-altman

The authors propose a universal standard for citing quantitative data that retains the advantages of print citations, adds other components made possible by, and needed due to, the digital form and systematic nature of quantitative data sets, and is consistent with most existing subfield-specific approaches.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Dealing With Deception

Beryl Lieff Benderly. 2007. Dealing With Deception. Science. Jan 19

Echoes of the recent Korean stem cell scandal continue to reverberate, most recently in a report commissioned by the journal Science to examine how it can keep from falling victim to future frauds. Finding protection from the perils of potentially disastrous scientific deceptions is an important issue not only for journal editors but also for early-career researchers.

DOI: 10.1126/science.caredit.a0700008>