Thursday, February 28, 2013

B - Open access publishing

Jones R. Open access publishing: a new direction for medical journals. The British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners 2012;

B - Regulation of social networking sites

Shapiro BR, Ossorio PN. Regulation of online social network studies. Science 11 Jan 2013;339: 144-145

This article addresses two ethical and regulatory issues related to social networking sites (SNSs): whether adolescents participating in research on SNSs should be categorized as children for regulatory purposes; and the extent to which researchers may collect data about SNS participants. One of this pilot study question is whether SNS science education games can help overcome race and gender disparities in science education.

B - Honesty in science

Couzin-Frankel J. Shaking up science. Science 25 Jan 2013;339:386-389

Ferric Fang, editor in chief of the journal Infection and Immunity, and Arturo Casadevall of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York,  and now editor in chief of the journal mBio, are an unlikely duo that disenchantment brought together almost five years ago. They take a hard look at honesty in science, that has changed in some worrying ways in recent decades, and question the ethos of their profession. This involves particularly biomedical research, which consumes a larger and larger share of government science spending. The two began publishing articles together, exploring scientists' dependence on grants to pay their salaries and questioning proposed changes to peer review.

B - Journal impact factor: holy grail?

van der Wall EE. Journal impact factor: holy grail? Netherlands Heart Journal 2012;20:385-386
(doi: 10.1007/s12471-012-0317-3)

There are several ways to artificially improve the impact factor of a journal. This article gives some examples of this manipulative strategy: editors may stimulate authors to cite papers published in the journal in which they are to be published; the number of citable papers can be purposely limited to only original and review articles. At present, no valid alternative to the impact factor has gained sufficient ground.