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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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November highlights from the world of scientific publishing

2nd Dec 2013

Some of what I learned this month from Twitter: new preprint server, Google Scholar Library, papers on citations and p-values, and the most networked science conference ever BioRxiv In what could be a major development in the culture of publishing, a preprint server for biology, BioRxiv, was launched this month. It is based on the long-running arXiv preprint server used by physicists (and increasingly quantitative biologists). Nature News had a good summary. Google Scholar Library Google Scholar... Read more

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How to read journal instructions for authors

10th Jun 2013

Journal editors often complain that few authors seem to read their instructions for authors. But journals don’t make it easy to read these instructions. Every publisher has its own way of displaying the instructions, with differences in the wording for the same thing, in the order in which information is presented and in how the information is split over web pages. I’m going to attempt to bring some order to the chaos by picking out the points that really matter. These are: Subject areas Threshold... Read more

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