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Scopus introduces Journals metrics

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Probably with the hope to compete the well-established Thomson Web of Science and its sister publication the JCR, Elsevier has announced that Scopus integrates now 2 complementary journals metrics called SNIP and SJR.

The metrics will be freely available online at, and integrated into Scopus, allowing researchers around the world to analyse journals within the abstract and citation database

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January 28, 2010 at 7:02 pm

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Intelligent search tools to face Information overload

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This is the proposal of Susan Feldman from IDC, interviewed by Elsevier’s Illumin8.

We now all spend time creating, manipulating, reviewing, publishing, searching, discovering, retrieving, archiving, and communicating electronically. We have access to too much information, with relatively few tools to help us sift through it all” (…)

According IDC studies, information workers spend an average of 9.5 hours each week gathering information. Researchers spend more. (and 14.5 hours a week to answer their emails!!)

Today’s default interaction model (the search box) is actually a barrier to innovation.

By going beyond basic keyword search and incorporating semantic analysis of underlying information, today’s tools can help categorize results, make them easier to navigate, highlight key people and topics, suggest related areas for investigation, and allow the user to more easlily explore complicated subject matters.

They help control information overload, prevent information trash, and promote serendipity. (…) these new offerings will be a prominent feature in the arsenal of tomorrow’s breakthrough innovators”

The white paper (Feldman, Susan. The Business Case for Innovation, May 2009) can be downloaded at:

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January 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm

SciTable: Collaborative learining space for Genetics

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Nature Education has launched a learning platform, with lots of tools
and materials around Genetics.
SciTable is defined by its editors as “a scientist-authored,
cutting-edge learning resource you can recommend with confidence

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January 25, 2010 at 8:13 pm

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Medline Plus goes Mobile!!

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Wondering what the side effects are for your new prescription? Go to Mobile MedlinePlus ( while you’re waiting for the pharmacist to fill your order!

Or, instantly look up the symptoms of H1N1 flu if you’re at the supermarket and your child’s school calls you to tell you he doesn’t feel well.

The National Library of Medicine’s Mobile Medline Plus builds on the NLM’s MedlinePlus Internet service, which provides authoritative consumer health information to over 10 million visitors per month. These visitors access MedlinePlus ( from throughout the United States as well many other countries, and use desktop computers, laptops and even mobile devices to get there.

The mobile Internet audience is large and growing fast, almost doubling from February 2007 to February 2009. Some experts predict that within the next five years, more people will connect to the Internet via mobile devices than via desktop or laptop computers. People use their mobile devices to accomplish a variety of tasks, including finding health information. With this in mind, NLM developed the mobile version of MedlinePlus to bring high-quality health information to users on the go.

“We know that a huge number of people are seeking good health information on the Web,” noted NLM Director Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg. “What better way to reach out to them than by offering this new mobile service, which delivers trustworthy, consumer-friendly information instantly, anywhere?”

Mobile MedlinePlus is available in English and Spanish ( and includes a subset of content from the full Web site. It includes summaries for over 800 diseases, wellness topics, the latest health news, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, and information on prescription and over-the-counter medications.”

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January 25, 2010 at 8:05 pm

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