Archive for the ‘Science 2.0’ Category
Interesting findings given by several French students, about the power of blogging for young scientists:
- The transmission of knowledge is a difficult task. You need to multiply the initiatives, and that’s where the blog plays an important role
- PhD candidates have little free time, but it is probably the period in their careers when they have the most time to spend “informing the public
- blogging is about sharing findings, sharing your work, and creating a digital e-reputation
- Blogging also means improving one’s writing skills, editing speed, and scientific analysis, which are all valuable abilities when it comes to writing your thesis
- If you write and publish online, make it so that you’ll be read. Post your articles on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. E-mail your texts to people likely to read them.
Read the full article from:
Science Blogs and Your PhD. A trump card for your scientific career; Available from: http://www.knowtex.com/nav/science-blogs-and-your-phd-a-trump-card-for-your-scientific-career_40002
“one study found that a primary care physician would have to read 341 relevant medical journals and 7,287 monthly articles, equaling more than 627 reading hours per month, just to stay current on all medical literature. But who has time when you’re treating patients?“
- You’ve ever wanted to know what “science 2.0″ means
- You don’t know what is a “citizen scientist”
- You’ve never heard about the “Big STM”
- You’re more than confused with all these web 3.0, Science 3.0, Pharma 3.0, etc.
- And, at last, in December, Chandos is offering various discount (20% off) and some free shipping. See http://www.facebook.com/ChandosPublishing
From Science 2.0 to Pharma 3.0
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In the latest issue of Research Information, David Stuart is wondering how researchers now can evaluate the impact of these new ways of publishing, including social channels.
One of the answer is Altmetrics, the growing application that you will find now in every science journals and databases (like Scopus for e.g.) and which measures popularity of an article on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Use of this way to measure the research performance is still controversial (but still is Impact Factor 50 years after its beginning!) and “there is a long way to go before altmetrics fully answer any of the questions that are being raised by the new research environment“, says David.
However, altmetrics fast adoption shows that “research landscape is much more than journal articles, and there is a lot of value to be created by measuring the connections between the new types of publication“.
Stuart, David. Making metrics more relevant. Research Information, Dec. 2012/ Jan 2013. pp.13-16. available from: http://content.yudu.com/A1zwzg/RIDEC12JAN13/resources/13.htm
2 articles in the latest issue of Research Information show that OA is still growing but also needs to improve some processes.
Some findings from a survey made by Wiley:
- 79 % of surveyed authors see open access as more prevalent in their discipline than it was three years ago
- Reasons that authors gave for not yet having published under an open-access model included a lack of high profile open-access journals (48 per cent), lack of funding (44 per cent) and concerns about quality (34 per cent). Authors said they would publish in an open-access journal if it had a high impact factor, if it were well regarded and if it had a rigorous peer-review process.
- The highest proportion of open-access authors came from a medical background (28 per cent), closely followed by biological sciences (24 per cent)
and a discussion around the new model of publication, the CC-BY license:
The CC-BY licence condition, defined by Creative Commons, allows modification and reuse of content, including commercially, provided that the original author is properly attributed. (…) However, there are concerns with the implications of the licence. Because CC-BY allows for commercial reuse of content it could theoretically be published again, behind a paywall, which might seem to contradict some of the aims of open access. And there may be some uses that researchers are uncomfortable with. For example, medical researchers might be unhappy with parts of their papers being used to promote a particular drug…
OA gains ground with authors, says study. Research Information, 30 october 2012. Available from: http://www.researchinformation.info/news/news_story.php?news_id=1041
More publishers move towards CC-BY licence for OA articles. Research Information, 15 november 2012. Available from: http://www.researchinformation.info/news/news_story.php?news_id=1047
A recent study has shown a “strong tie between social media interest, article downloads, and even early citations. (…)
Authors ”also find that volume of Twitter mention is statistically correlated with that of both downloads and “early” citations“
Shuai X, Pepe A, Bollen J (2012) How the Scientific Community Reacts to Newly Submitted Preprints: Article Downloads, Twitter Mentions, and Citations. PLoS ONE 7(11): e47523