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From EndNote to Mendeley

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A good overview of main bibliographical tools: EndNote, Reference Manager, RefWorks, Zotero and the last one Mendeley which claims already 100,00 users.

So many tools for a unique usage: to retain the knowledge.

Norma, Frank (Nature). From Sci-Mate to Mendeley – a brief history to reference managers. Online, June 8, 2010.


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June 22, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Journals TOCs free service

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The famous Roddy MacLeod, now retired, was one of the founder of the wonderful TicTOCs, now the JISC JournalTOCs (that I already mentioned as one of the rare web 2.0 service which competes really with paid services ; see my former post).

Now, there is the first customised version of JournalTOCs for Academic Libraries, which is called WattJournals.

A great initiative for libraries…

MacLeod, Roddy. Every library should have one of those, but so far, only one does. June 6, 2010 Online:…

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June 22, 2010 at 7:53 pm

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Google Scholar Vs Web of Science Vs Scopus

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To read, in the latest issue of Scientometrics, 2 studies compare GS with the 2 paid competitors.

Some findings:

  • (Earth science) GS covers about 85% of content indexed by ISI WoS
  • For impact studies the h-index has proofed to be a robust measure
  • WoS confirms its position as the leading citation index
  • WoS is still the leader in classical areas such as Physics and Chemistry
  • Scopus is more efficient for fields like Health
  • The WoS is still the most widely used and well known source in the academic world
  • WoS is also the oldest, and to some extent, the least developed
  • GS gathers information on documents that are not only published in journals but others such as: papers from conferences, books, theses, research reports and preprint repositories
  • GS has the potential to offer a wider panorama of world scientific output in other languages (for instance Spanish)

Mikki, Suzanne. Comparing Google Scholar and ISI Web of Science for Earth sciences. Scientometrics, Vol.82, N°2, Feb. 2010, pp. 321-331
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Etxebarria, G. & Gomez-Uranga, M. Use of Scopus and Google Scholar to measure social sciences production in four major Spanish universities. Scientometrics, Vol.82, N°2, Feb. 2010, pp. 333-349
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June 14, 2010 at 8:24 pm

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.

Related by KnowledgeSpeak.

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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