Thursday, December 28, 2017

B - Web services for authors

Forrester A, Björk B, Tenopir C. New web services that help authors choose journals. Learned Publishing 2017;30(4):281-287
(doi: 10.1002/leap.1112) 

The motivations for an author to choose a journal to submit to are complex. He requires information about multiple characteristics that may be difficult to obtain. This article compares and contrasts the new author-oriented journal comparison tools and services (free and fee-based) that have emerged to help authors find data on journals and publishers.

B - Gender discrimination against women scientists

Sills J. Not just Salk. Science 2017;357(6356):1105-1106
doi: 10.1126/science.aao6221

Three of four senior women scientists at the US Salk Institute for Biological Studies have filed a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination. These problems are still relevant, and they are not unique to the Salk Institute. Other women scientist raised questions of similar discrimination at their institutions, and some of them face even greater challenges.

B - A lifetime words limit for researchers

Martinson BC. Give reasearchers a lifetime word limit. Nature 2017 Oct 17

Once a researcher's primary role was to share knowledge, now it is to get a publication. The author imagines how rationing the number of publications a scientist could put out might improve the scientific literature. Lifetime limits would create a natural incentive to do research that matters, and would encourage researchers to ensure that research is conducted with the utmost care. Readers and editors would also be able to give the smaller number of articles more attention.

B - What makes a strong editorial board?

Spencer D. What makes a strong editorial board? Editors' Update, Elsevier Connect 2017 Nov 21

The author gives some thoughts about roles and recruitment for editorial board members. The most common function of editorial boards is to provide high-quality reviews, and also act as a third, or trusted "tie-breaker" reviewer. As well as reviewing and suggesting content, the editorial board is also a good source of feedback about the journal's performance, and able to serve as recruiter of good candidates for editorial positions. Comments from some current editors on issues to take into consideration when nominating new editorial board members are provided.

B - Ethical aspects of Bioresource Research Impact Factor (BRIF)

Howard HC, Mascalzoni D, Mabile L, et al. How to responsibly acknowledge research work in the era of big data and biobanks: ethical aspects of the Bioresource Research Impact Factor (BRIF). Journal of Community Genetics 2017 Sep 25:1-8
(doi: 10.1007/s12687-017-0332-6)

There is currently no system that systematically and accurately traces and attributes recognition to researchers and clinicians developing bioresources. This article reviews the objectives and functions of the Bioresource Research Impact Factor (BRIF) initiative including the CoBRA (Citation of BioResources in journal Articles) guideline, and the Open Journal of Bioresources. It also presents results of a small empirical study on stakeholder awareness of the BRIF and an ethical analysis of its ethical aspects.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

ISMPP Webinar - What's Your Path? Career Development in Medical Publications

The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) invites you to attend a special 90-minute ISMPP U educational webinar: “What's Your Path? Career Development in Medical Publications”, on Wednesday, January 17, at 11 am EST/4 pm GMT.

This ISMPP U is complimentary and open to ALL regardless of ISMPP membership!

This special ISMPP U session is open to the public and may be of interest to students considering career options.  Within the medical publications field a rich variety of professional roles exists, offering many rewarding career pathways to pursue. In this webinar, experienced publications professionals will describe a range of typical roles at pharmaceutical companies and medical communications agencies, as well as key qualifications for these positions.

The panel will describe job change scenarios they’ve personally observed or experienced where people moved between related functions and settings, growing in leadership and responsibility.

These include creating one’s own role as a freelancer, consultant, or head of a small business.

The speakers in the webinar will be:

Lindsey Summers (Regulatory Affairs and Medical Writing Practice Lead, Ascent Life Sciences)
Mark Riotto (Director, US Publications, AstraZeneca)
Suzann Schiller (Executive Vice President, Strategic Collaborations, Cello Health Communications)
Brian Bass (Director, Bass Global, Inc.)

This session is intended for:

  • Those interested in learning about different career pathways in medical publications

  • Those who are just starting or wanting to reinvent their professional career, and

  • Experienced professionals seeking to evolve their careers.

Click here to register, and you’ll receive the weblink to attend the webinar.

Click here to learn more about the program.

– Posted: Wednesday 20th December, 2017 –

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

HEIRRI Research Innovation conference & workshop activity

The HEIRRI organisation are preparing for a busy year in 2018, with a series of conferences and workshops around the world. We have added some of these events to our calendar.

First up, their 2nd conference in April will be titled “‘Education towards a responsible society, transforming universities through RRI"  Full details here

Second, in September, HEIRRI will be running workshops in Mexico and Porto Alegro, Brazil to discuss "Facilitating reflection on Responsible Research and Innovation".  Check out the details of those events here.

- Posted: Wednesday 20th December, 2017 -

Monday, December 18, 2017

B - Wikipedia and diffusion of science

Teplitskiy M, Lu G, Duede E. Amplifying the impact of open access: Wikipedia and the diffusion of science. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 2016;68(9):2116-2117)
(doi: 10.1002/asi.23687)

To understand whether Wikipedia draws upon the research that scientists value most, the authors identified the 250 most heavily used journals in each of 26 research fields indexed by the Scopus database, and tested whether topic, academic status, and accessibility make articles from these journals more or less likely to be referenced on Wikipedia. They found that a journal's academic status (impact factor) and accessibility (open access policy) both strongly increase the probability of it being referenced on Wikipedia. These findings provide evidence that a major consequence of open access policies is to significantly amplify the diffusion of science, through an intermediary like Wikipedia, to a broad audience.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

AMERBAC Editorial Board Announcement

Our colleagues at AMERBAC – the Mexican Association of Biomedical Editors – have announced their new Editorial Board for 2018.

The Board members are as follows:

President - Lic. Alejandro Machorro Nieves
Vice President - Mtra. Angélica Dávalos Alcázar
Secretary - Dra. Abilene C. Escamilla Ortiz
Treasurer - Dr. Maximiliano de León González
Director (International Affairs) - Dra. María del Carmen Ruíz Alcocer
Director (Education and Research) - Mtra. María Teresa Rojas-Rodríguez
Director (Editorial Development) - Dr. Norberto Sotelo Cruz
Director (Diffusion) - Lic. Juan Fernando González García
Coordination in Nursing - Dr. Erick Landeros Olvera

Congratulations to all appointed. We look forward to meeting an AMERBAC delegation at our Bucharest conference in June.

- Posted: Thursday 14th December, 2017 -

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

COPE introduce Core Practices

COPE has recently replaced its “Code of Conduct for Editors” with “Core Practices”.

The reasons COPE provide for these changes are stated on its website, as being that the guidelines were criticised for being overly specific in some areas and not specific enough in others.

It goes on to explain that the core practices have radically simplified the expectations of how all parties will act, and seeks to provide a framework which references the resources available on the COPE website.

Another recent change is the introduction of institutional membership which is being piloted with five institutions.

A discussion of these changes can be read on Scholarly Kitchen.

- Posted: Wednesday 13th December, 2017 -

Monday, December 11, 2017

BMC Research Notes Launches Data Notes

In October, BMC Research Notes launched 'data notes'.

The BMC describes data notes as "data descriptors that aim to increase data availability and support the reuse of valuable research data." Data notes are restricted to a limit of 1000 words, and comprise three sections: Objective, Data description and Limitations.

They still come at a price, with a APC of €600 per article, but the goal is to provide a visible platform to make better use of valuable data that may otherwise go unused.

For more information about data notes, and BMC Research Notes, read a blog post by BMC editor Dirk Krüger, here.

- Posted: Monday 11th December, 2017 -

Friday, December 08, 2017

STM Association Statement on Open Access

This week the STM Association published their recommendations for the next EU Framework programme, regarding open access and open science.

It addresses several topics, including funding for Gold OA, hybrid journals, APC caps, embargo periods, existing infrastructure and journal models, longer texts (such as monographs and books), competition and diversity, and ‘open science’ in general.

The statement is publically available here.

Members can add your thoughts to the discussion in our forum here

- Posted: Friday 8th December, 2017 -