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March highlights from the world of scientific publishing

4th Apr 2014

An update on what I learnt from Twitter last month: dodgy citation metrics, mislabelled papers and journals and more. Metrics A wonderful Perspective piece appeared in the open access journal mBio entitled Causes for the Persistence of Impact Factor Mania. Here, Arturo Casadevall (Editor in Chief of the journal) and Ferric C. Fang treat the misuse of the journal impact factor as if it were a disease and suggest possible causes and treatments. They diagnose the main problem as: "Publication in prestigious... Read more

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February highlights from the world of scientific publishing

3rd Mar 2014

Some of what I learned about scientific publishing last month from Twitter: new open access journals, data release debates, paper writing tips, and lots more New journals Two important announcements this month, both of open access sister journals to well established ones. First, at the AAAS meeting it was announced that Science is going to have an online-only open access sister journal, called Science Advances, from early 2015. This will be selective (not a megajournal), will publish original research... Read more

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January highlights from the world of scientific publishing

1st Feb 2014

Some of what I learned last month from Twitter: new journals, new policies and post-publication reviews at PLOS, and some suggestions for how journals should work. New journals Three new journals have been announced that find new and very different ways to publish research. The most conventional is the Journal of Biomedical Publishing, a journal aiming to publish articles about publishing. It will be open access (with a low fee of 100 Euros) and promises only 2-4 days between acceptance and online... Read more

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