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Life Science journals and Open Access

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According a study by Oxford University Press, the life sciences, followed by mathematics, witnessed the highest uptake of OA.

BUT, when given the option, most authors are not yet choosing to publish their research articles under an OA model.

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June 14, 2010 at 8:02 pm

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Science Tower of Babel

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World Wide of Science, built by several american organisations on a Deep Web technology,

is projected to enable scientists to simultaneously search and translate over 400 million pages of scientific research published in 65 countries from around the world in multiple languages.

It offers researchers real-time searching and translation of articles written in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and English simultaneously.

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June 14, 2010 at 7:55 pm

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A world of medical slides

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SlideWorld is a search engine for medical PowerPoint presentations.
It is designed to facilitate educational process of medical professionals.

Slide presentations have become one of the key ways of facilitating education and a way of communicating new scientific developments.

Academic faculties and clinicians in practice from worldwide have contributed to the web portal.
You can search within more than 7 millions of medical presentations or use the browse by categories (therapy areas):

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June 14, 2010 at 7:44 pm

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Science Social Networks: the maturity?

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Looking at SAGE FaceBook and Nature Network, David Stuart believes that Social Network in Science have reached the age of maturity.

The popularity of social networking sites has seen them embraced by many organisations as they search for ways to engage with their stakeholders, including large academic publishers. (…)

Good organisations have always been looking for ways to have conversations with their usersSocial network sites allow for more informal communications, in the places and on the topics in which the user is interested. And this has not escaped the attention of academic publishers.


Unlike many other types of organisation that want to develop a social media strategy, academic publishers are already likely to have a strong web presence that interested parties will visit on a regular basis.

It is increasingly clear that social networking is reaching a level of maturity within academic publishers.

The world of both publishing and social media is constantly evolving, and publishers, like every other type of organisation, need to regularly reassess their communication channels. New technologies rarely fully replace established methods of communication… (…)

But really social media creates new opportunities, and it is up to publishers to add value …

Successful publishers of the future will be those who align their vision of social networking with that of their customers; those who ignore social networking will quickly lose ground.

Stuart, David. Networking sites help align publishers with customers; Research Information, June/July 2010.


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June 14, 2010 at 7:38 pm

A nice Science Image Bank

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ImageBank consists of freely available images contributed by academics, researchers, Learned Societies, industry and individuals with rights cleared for educational purposes.

Users are able to search for images based on keywords or browse within a wide range of bioscience subject areas.

Images are then ‘downloadable’ along with informative descriptive text provided by the contributor.

All images undergo a validation process by Centre for Bioscience staff with good subject knowledge.

ImageBank also offers reviews of, and links to existing bioscience image databases.

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June 14, 2010 at 7:15 pm

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Google Caffeine: does it change something?

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Google recently announced the completion of a new web indexing system called Caffeine. According to Google, Caffeine will provide 50 percent fresher results for web searches than the company’s previous index. Also, users can now find links to relevant content much sooner after it is published than was possible before.

Google reportedly opted for a new search indexing system because content on the web is expanding significantly. It is growing not just in size and numbers but with the advent of video, images, news and real-time updates, the average webpage is richer and more complex.

In addition, people’s expectations for search are higher than they used to be. Searchers want to find the latest relevant content and publishers expect to be found the instant they publish.

Reported by KnowledgeSpeak

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June 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm

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Social Networks and Productivity

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With the catchword “collaboration & productivity“, Nature Network (whcih claims 25,000 members) has released its new look and new features.

Does that means that collaboration or social networks are not productive sometimes????!!!

Commercial introduction:

Nature Network is the professional networking website for scientists
around the world. It’s an online meeting place where you and your
colleagues can gather, share and discuss ideas, and keep in touch. It’s
also where you can consult the community for answers to scientific
questions or offer your expertise to help others. Additionally, using
the Workbench, you can collate your online scientific tools or “widgets”
together in a customizable workspace, allowing you to group your most
important tools and information in the way that works best for you

Scientists can also benefit from interactions at the local level whether
discussing local news, looking for jobs or finding out about events

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June 9, 2010 at 4:27 pm

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Successful Open Access journals

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DOAJ has reached the impressive number of 5,000 indexed journals, (Critics would say that Open Access are only minor journals….) which probably gives the Rank N°1 of ejournals platform in terms of number of referenced titles…

But not for the number of retrievable articles (“only” 400,0000 for DOAJ)

By comparison, in STM:

- Elsevier ScienceDirect: 2,400 journals, 10 millions of indexed articles (they claim 25% of the science production around the world)
– SpringerLink, 2,200 journals, 4 millions of articles
– Wiley Interscience, 1,500 journals, 3 millions of articles

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June 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm

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PubMed Vs Google scholar

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A controversial argumentation..

can we seriously consider Google Scholar as an alternative to retrieve medical information?…

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June 8, 2010 at 7:07 pm

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SharePoint: lessons learned by a library

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This paper deals with how a library got used with SharePoint 2007.


  • The problem with SP is getting started
  • SP isn’t an “install and go” program“: trainings are required


  • Nice integration with the Office suite
  • Single sign-on for whatever
  • You push information to grups using permissions
  • Each user automatically gets “MySite”
  • It’s pretty clear that SP can do some cool stuff
  • SP is a lot like a Swiss Army Knife. It can do a ton of different things...”
  • We’ve found that people who love SharePoint also love talking about SharePoint” !!!


  • Start small but think big
  • “Plan ahead for unexpected growth”
  • Make sure the infrastructure and organization of your SP instance is extensible and flexible

Ennis, Lisa E. & Tims, Randy S. Harnessing the power of SharePoint for Library applications. Computers in Libraries, Vol.30, N°5, June 2010. pp6-13. Online:

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June 2, 2010 at 8:23 pm

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