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Elsevier wants to create an incubation environment

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In this podcast from Copyright Clearance Center, Rafael Sidi, Elsevier talks about a new app ecosystem.

Sidi explains that “as a scientific publishing company, we are moving to a solution space and we don’t want to be just an information provider, but we want to also provide solutions to our customers, to our market… We want to go to the community, collaborate with the community and build the solutions together with the community.”

 In order to have their “data easily remixable, reusable,” they are “going to the crowd.  We are letting them play with our data and build on top of our data stuff that they need to build, because at the end, scientists and researchers, they know their problem better than us.”

With the main goal to accelerate science, Elsevier reaches out to the community in hopes to collaborate to find new solutions. “We want to create an incubation environment for the scientific and research community.  [In some case], we providing some seed funding to startup companies… Our goal for the future, definitely, we want to create an Elsevier incubation environment.”

 The podcast and transcript are available at:


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August 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm

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Mobile apps can help patients with diabetes

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An interactive computer software program appears to be effective in helping patients manage their Type 2 diabetes using their mobile phones, according to a new study, one of the first to scientifically examine mobile health technology… (…)

The study indicates that using mobile phones, the Internet and other mobile communications technology to keep patients healthy may have broad applications to help patients and their physicians manage many health conditions. (…)

The software examined in the research provided real-time feedback on patients’ blood sugar levels, displayed medication regimens and served as a “virtual coach“...

Mobile Phone Technology Helps Patients Manage Diabetes. Medical News Today, 01/08/11

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August 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm

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28% of PubMed articles are feely available

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According the Nature blog:

the proportion of research papers freely available is slowly and steadily creeping upwards.

The chart shows the proportion of papers indexed on the (largely biomedical) PubMed repository each year that are now freely accessible: in 2009, it’s above 28%. (Some of this literature is not immediately available at the time that it is published, because of journal policies that impose embargo periods on when material can become free). (…)

Would we expect that to continue at the same rate with around 50% of the literature published in 2021 freely available?”


Van Noorden, Richard. How many research papers are freely available?. Nature News blog, Posted on 1st of August 2011.




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August 2, 2011 at 5:00 pm

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Laser medicine: Scopus and Pubmed are the best sources

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The four most popular search engines PubMed/MEDLINE, ScienceDirect, Scopus and Google Scholar are investigated to assess which search engine is most effective for literature research in laser medicine. Their search features are described and the results of a performance test are compared according to the criteria (1) recall, (2) precision, and (3) importance.
As expected, the search features provided by PubMed/MEDLINE with a comprehensive investigation of medical documents are found to be exceptional compared to the other search engines. 

However the most effective search engine for an overview of a topic is Scopus, followed by ScienceDirect and Google Scholar. 

With regard to the criterion “importance” Scopus and Google Scholar are
clearly more successful than their competitors.

All in all Scopus is the most effective search engine if one requires only an overview of the topic.  For a widespread and in-depth investigation in the area of life science and closely related topics, PubMed/MEDLINE is more  appropriate

Tober, Markus. PubMed, ScienceDirect, Scopus or Google Scholar – Which is the best search engine for an effective literature research in laser medicine? Medical Laser Application. Volume 26, Issue 3, August 2011,
Pages 139-144. Basic Investigations for diagnostic purposes

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August 2, 2011 at 4:51 pm

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Pubget revamps

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PubGet, one of my 3 favorite alternatives of PubMed, has announced a redesign of its website…

Press release:

Pubget Inc has announced the launch of the latest version of,
the search engine for life science PDFs. beta, launched in
2008 at Harvard, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital, was created to
eliminate the roadblocks faced by ten million researchers in their daily
search for life science literature.

The latest launch represents the most significant redesign since the
site’s inception. The improvements change look, feel and workflow.
Unchanged are the site’s search, authentication and retrieval
capabilities, and millions of direct paths to publisher content as
supported by over 450 libraries.

While the web brought the most important published scientific research
online, it has remained locked behind a variety of content sites and
paywalls, it has been observed. Pubget makes that research instantly
accessible through connecting disparate resources together in the cloud,
or ‘cloud sourcing,’ while still respecting copyrights

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August 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm

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