Wednesday, July 20, 2011

B - Authors' awareness toward OA repositories

Creaser C, Fry J, Greenwood H et al. Authors' awareness and attitudes toward open access repositories. New Review of Academic Librarianship 2010;16(S1):145-161
(doi: 10.1080/13614533.2010.518851)

This article investigates the awareness of scholarly authors toward open access repositories and the factors that motivate their use. The research findings indicated that although there was a good understanding and appreciation of the ethos of open access in general, there were differences between authors from different disciplinary backgrounds in understanding validity of open access repositories and subsequent motivations for depositing articles in them.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

B - How to search, write, prepare and publish scientific papers

Masic I. How to search, write, prepare and publish the scientific papers in the biomedical journals. Acta Informatica Medica 2011;19(2):68-79
(doi: 10.5455/aim.2011.19.68-79)

The article is focused on the methodology of preparation, writing and publishing scientific papers in biomedical journals. In particular, scientific and professional journals currently published in Bosnia and Herzegovina are described, providing a comparative review on the number and structure of papers published in journals indexed in Medline. The author believes that it is necessary to increase quality standards in acceptance and reviewing of papers in the biomedical journals published in the country.

B - Incorporating open access into libraries

Cryer E, Collins M. Incorporating open access into libraries. Serials Review 2011;37(2):103-107
(doi: 10.1016/j.serrev.2011.03.002)

Librarians can play a dinamic role in the development of the open access landscape by familiarizing themselves with government funding initiatives, institutional open access funds and policies, institutional repositories, and promoting and supporting open access publishing models. This article provides examples of how librarians can incorporate open access concepts into their pre-existing librarian roles.

B - A bioresource research impact factor

Cambon-Thomsen A, Thorisson GA, Mabile L. for the BRIF workshop group. The role of a bioresource research impact factor as an incentive to share human bioresources. Nature Genetics 2011;43(6):503-504
(doi: 10.1038/ng.831)

Bioresources need to be easily accessible to facilitate advancement of research. A Bioresource Research Impact Factor (BRIF) could promote the sharing of bioresources by creating a link between their initiators or implementers and the impact of the scientific research using them. A BRIF would make it possible to trace the quantitative use of a bioresource, the kind of research using it and the efforts behind establishing and maintaining it . Specific requirements for citing bioresources are lacking in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (URM) and should be then added. A BRIF working group has been recently set up.

Monday, July 18, 2011

B - Openly archiving raw research data

Piwowar HA. Who shares? Who doesn't? Factors associated with openly archiving raw research data. PLoS ONE 2011;6(7):e18657
(doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0018657)

Funders, publishers, societies, and individual research groups have developed tools, resources, and policies to encourage researchers to make their data publicly available. This article aims at investigating who openly shares raw research data, who doesn't, and which initiatives are correlated with high rates of data sharing. Considering a particular type of data - biological gene expression microarray intensity values - a large set of data sharing actions and associated variables have been collected and analyzed. Even in this field, with mature policies, repositories and standards, research data sharing levels are low and increasing slowly, and data is least available in areas where it could make the biggest impact.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

B - n-index: a novel parameter

Namazi MR, Fallahzadeh MK. n-index: A novel and easily-calculable parameter for comparison of researchers working in different scientific fields. Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology 2010;76(3):229-230

A very simple and easily calculable index for comparison of researchers working in different fields is suggested. This is the n-index = researcher's h-index divided by the highest h-index of the journals of his/her major field of study (n is the first letter of Namazi, co-author of this article). This novel index can overcome the problem of unequal citations in different fields, as publications in certain disciplines are typically cited much more or much less than in others.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

B - Biomedical journal editing

Gasparyan AY, Ayvazyan L, Kitas GD. Biomedical journal editing: elements of success. Croatian Medical Journal 2011;52(3):423-428
(doi: 10.3325/cmj.2011.52.423)

Scholarly journals are being increasingly recognized as educational tools. In view of recent trends in information flow, digitalization, and acceleration of publishing process - that may increase the rate of errors and mistakes - editors, authors, reviewers and publishers should closely consider every detail, from submission to publishing, to ensure a high quality of publications. Some relevant elements of success are discussed, such as qualified editorial team, internationalization of the peer review process, unique journal title, specific scope of interest, original content of articles, indexing in databases and wider journal visibility.