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“It is the scientific method that is central to science, not the scientific journal”

Tweet This statement is a direct quotation from a 2006 article “Scientific Journals are ‘faith based’: is there science behind Peer review?” by a group of public health upstarts suggesting a lack of scientific method in the peer review process could be remedied by alternative methods of scholarly quality control and new forms of data-driven [...]

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Sat, March 31 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Grading the top clinical genetics journals for open access

Tweet Here are the top 10 clinical genetics journals for 2011,  according to SCImago Journal Rank for today, limited to journals with at least 100 articles over the last three years: Nature Genetics is the highest ranked journal by a wide margin.  In a reputation strong position, Nature Publishing Group (NPG) does not offer optional [...]

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Sun, March 25 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

If academic publishing is broken, can librarians help fix it?

Tweet Michael P. Taylor,  one of the Sauropod Vertebra weekly image-posters that recently emerged as a commentator on scholarly communication from his academic vantage point,  made a worthy attempt this week at telling readers of TheScientist  about the dysfunctional system of academic publishing that continues to be idealized, resuscitated, and defended, albeit mostly by publishers and [...]

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Tue, March 20 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Back to the future: openness vs. secrecy observed by AAAS and MIT

Tweet Why do we need historians of science and medicine?  Historians tell stories, often commercially published books. I found a bit of open history tonight, almost 13 years old. More than a dozen years ago, 1999, there was no NIH Public Access Policy. PLoS was an idea being tossed around. BioMed Central had not launched. [...]

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Tue, March 13 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Into the Lion’s Den… Chemistry Central visits ACS later this month

Tweet Recent visitors to the BioMed Central (BMC) web site might notice the prominence that Chemistry Central has in the three-sisters navigational tabs: I have not had a chance to acquaint myself with this new open access publishing brand, with four new journals: Chemistry Central Journal Editors-in-Chief: R. Stephen Berry, University of Chicago,   Jean-Claude [...]

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Sat, March 10 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

The Good, Bad, and Ugly- Open access into the sunlight

Tweet Three significant things happened in the last week or so: GOOD JQ Johnson, Director of Scholarly Communications & Instructional Support for the University of Oregon Libraries, took a crack at a simple mash up of SCImago Journal Rankings (SJRs) with open access journals that appear in the Directory of Open Access Journals to create a [...]

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Tue, March 6 2012 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment

Should human genes should be patentable? A Yale Law School forum on the merits of open science

Tweet When did the idea of open science capture the imagination of researchers? A seminal moment in the history of open science occurred  in 1982 with the creation of the public GenBank at Los Alamos National Laboratory(LANL).  In 1992, functional management responsibility for the exponentially growing library of genetic sequences  was transferred to the newly [...]

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Sun, March 4 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments