Wednesday, July 18, 2007

B - For free or for fee? Dilemma of Small Scientific Journals

Kljaković-Gaspić M, Petrak J, Rudan I, Biloglav Z. For Free or for Fee? Dilemma of Small Scientific Journals . Croatian Medical Journal 2007; 48(3):292-299

A good lesson from The Croatian Medical Journal (CMJ) which was recently approached by two major publishing companies offering them to become one of the journals in their group. After analyzing pros and cons for commercial publishing, the CMJ decided that would not benefit from such a change because their interests are beyond making a profit and they still think that setting the standards and education are the fundamental aims of the journal.

http://www.cmj.hr/2007/48/3/17589971.htm

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

B - Publishing in peer review journals - Criteria for success

McIntyre E, Eckermann SL, Keane M, Magarey A, Roeger L. Australian Family Physician. Publishing in peer review journals - Criteria for success. 2007;36(7):561-562

The authors of this article have had many peer reviewed papers published and are also peer reviewers for several journals relevant to the primary health care sector. Based on their experience, as well as information derived from electronic searches, they developed a set of criteria that should increase the chances of your paper being published in a peer reviewed journal.


http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/200707/17428

B - Authors' financial interests should be made known to manuscript reviewers

de Melo-Martín I, Intemann K. Authors' financial interests should be made known to manuscript reviewers. Nature; 2007 (448): 129

It is a letter suggesting to revise policies that require authors to be transparent about financial conflicts of interest. They should be revealed to reviewers before publication and prior to accepatance of the manuscript. "If the aim of conflict-of-interest policies is to promote objectivity and inform readers and the public, we believe a more effective approach would be for authors to be required to reveal possible financial competing interests, not only to the public after publication, but also to reviewers during the peer-review process."

doi:10.1038/448129a

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v448/n7150/full/448129a.html

Friday, July 13, 2007

B - Not being clear about authorship

England C, Hodgkinson M, Stamber P. Not being clear about authorship is lying and damages the scientific record. The National Medical Journal of India. 2007(29)2:56-58

Although people expect honesty, there are many circumstances under which honesty criteria are not followed in publication authorship. This article offers sound advice to authors about authorship criteria and invites to create in-house policies regarding who can and should belisted as an author. It invites young authors to clarify authorship rights at the start of a project to avoid disappointment at the end and seniors authors to show humility and accept other forms of aknowledgement when authiorship is not really appropriate.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

B - Can Journalists Help Improve Peer Review?

Moore A. Can Journalists Help Improve Peer Review? The Scientist. 2007; 21(7) 25

For many seasoned observers of science, major journals risk losing credibility when press releases are issued with added "spin" before publication. When research makes headlines, science journalists facilitate a kind of postpublication scientific review. Their interviews with other scientists, as well as the author, reflect the collective wisdom and opinion of far more scientists than the number involved in the peer review

http://www.the-scientist.com/2007/7/1/25/1/

B- Digitizing for access and Preservation. Strategies of the Library of Congress

Deanna B Marcum. Digitizing for access and Preservation. Strategies of the Library of Congress First Monday 2007;12(7).

Library of Congress, like others, is exploring new ways of using digital technology for both access and preservation. This work will grow as the library completes moving its audio–visual resources into its new National Audiovisual Collection Center. The library hopes to share new developments and work with others in meeting the challenges of the digital information era.

http://www.firstmonday.org/issues/issue12_7/marcum/index.html

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

W - Term-minator. Fishing words from the net

Term-minator Term-minator. Fishing words from the net from Google and Co.
http://term-minator.it/

Search definitions, proverbs, abbreviations, acronyms, portals, literary texts, bibliographies, museums... and much more in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

B - Open access unnecessary for physicists.

Chen F. 2007. Open access unnecessary for physicists. APS News 16(4)12



Letter giving the view that physicists do not need open access as they prefer to attack problems without comprehensively reading the literature; he says "the only time I access previous articles is when the referee forces me to"!

http://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/200704/letters.cfm


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