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Open access could prevent rejection of good science

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Steve Miron, from Wiley, interviewed by Sian Harris:

What role does open access play in research publishing?

It’s clear that open access (OA) is becoming a big trend. However, I see that for the foreseeable future we’ll live in a mixed economy with green OA, gold OA, subscription and approaches that have not been invented yet. It is fun and exciting, with many experiments by publishers. (…)

There has been some great communication between the research community, publishers and policy makers in developing OA policy. It has been done in an enlightened, positive way but I think there’ll be some serious issues that still need to be considered. (…)

How might relationships between researchers and publishers be improved?

We work hard to nurture and maintain a positive relationship with researchers and libraries. No relationship is without some tension or disagreement but we do actively listen to authors, whether what they say is positive or negative.


We get around 450,000 article submissions a year and publish about a third of them. Some good science is not being published because the materials budgets do not keep pace with R&D spend. I hope as funded OA becomes more part of the scholarly landscape these tensions are addressed and that budgets for publications will be more aligned with the R&D spend.

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December 20, 2012 at 6:57 pm

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PLOS: ten years and a new look

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Announcement from the reputed PLOS:

On the eve of our tenth anniversary, we’re pleased to announce that the redesign of all PLOS journals is now live. The three goals of this initiative were to:

  • Ensure that readers can quickly assess the relevance and importance of an article through a figure browser and highly visible Article-Level Metrics
  • Improve site navigation to help users discover content more easily
  • Launch a flexible platform from which to build out future innovations

This refresh offers users more effective ways to access and read content, updates the overall appearance of the sites and harmonizes them with our new PLOS look announced earlier this year.

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December 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm

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Open innovation, citizen scientists and crowdsourcing

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Science magazine Scientific American and InnoCentive, Inc., the global leader in open innovation, crowdsourcing, and prize competitions, have announced a partnership for an online hub that seeks to help science enthusiasts solve global scientific problems. The Scientific American Open Innovation Pavilion, scheduled to go live in the spring of 2013, will be jointly hosted on InnoCentive.comand
Commercial organisations, government agencies, and non-profits (known as ‘Seekers’) will be able to post ‘Challenges’ on the Scientific American Open Innovation Pavilion. These ‘Challenges’ are well-articulated descriptions of scientific and technical problems that require innovative solutions. The Scientific American Open Innovation Pavilion provides these ‘Seekers’ with unprecedented access to a global pool of problem solvers, including InnoCentive’s existing 275,000-person-strong solver network and Scientific American’s audience of nearly five million monthly visitors to

This partnership also marks the growth of InnoCentive’s collaboration with Nature Publishing Group (NPG), Scientific American’s parent organisation. In June 2009, InnoCentive and NPG launched the Open Innovation Pavilion, which is hosted on and,

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December 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm

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Medical Cases in literature : an open database

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Open access (OA) publisher BioMed Central has launched a new semantically-enriched search tool, Cases Database, which aims to enhance the discovery, filtering and aggregation of medical case reports from many journals. OA to journal articles published under Creative Commons licences, which permit text mining, enable the literature to be reused as a resource for scientific discovery

More than 11,000 cases from 100 different journals are reportedly available to be freely searched with Cases Database.

Cases Database uses text mining and medical term recognition to filter peer reviewed medical case reports and provide a semantically enriched search experience. The database offers structured search and filtering by condition, symptom, intervention, pathogen, patient demographic and many other data fields, allowing fast identification of relevant case reports to support clinical practice and research. Registered users can save cases, set up e-mail alerts tonew cases matching their search terms, and export their results. Cases Database will be free to access and is expected to be of particular interest to practicing clinicians, researchers, lecturers, drug regulators, patients, students and authors.



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December 12, 2012 at 8:42 pm

For the fun: PubMed and the End of the World!!!

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To read this nice post by the KraftyLibrarian:

If you haven’t heard about the  Mayan civilzation’s calendar predicting the end of the world on December 21, 2012, then you have been living under a rock.  Personally I believe the Mayans were on to something.  Instead, I believe the end of the world will happen on January 1, 2013.  Why?

As of January 1st NCBI will no longer support Internet Explorer 7 and all the hospitals that haven’t upgraded will begin to have problems searching PubMed. (…)

Read the full article at:

KraftyLibrarian. Internet Explorer, PubMed and the End of the Year. Posted on 12 December 2012, Available from:


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December 12, 2012 at 8:35 pm

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Document Delivery Vendors: the TOP 3

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On its yearly update dedicated to “Document Delivery: Best Practices and Vendor Scorecard”, Outsell Inc. has outlined the performance of the TOP 3 vendors.

They are (by revenue 2012):

  1. British Library: 221 $millions
  2. Infotrieve: 43 $millions
  3. Reprint Desk: 22 $millions

The Outsell Scorecard:

Satisfaction Ratings:

  1. Reprints Desk, 4.2
  2. British Library, 3.7
  3. Infotrieve, 3.3

Loyalty ratings (willingness to recommend to other buyers):

  1. Reprints Desk
  2. British Library
  3. Infotrieve

Overall Satisfaction Scorecard:

  1. Reprints Desk, 4.4
  2. British Library, 4.0
  3. Infotrieve, 3.6


The original report can be found here:—2012-update


A free copy of the report can be viewed online

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December 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm

5 reasons why you should buy “From Science 2.0 to Pharma 3.0”

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  1. You’ve ever wanted to know what “science 2.0” means
  2. You don’t know what is a “citizen scientist”
  3. You’ve never heard about the “Big STM”
  4. You’re more than confused with all these web 3.0, Science 3.0, Pharma 3.0, etc.
  5. And, at last, in December, Chandos is offering various discount (20% off) and some free shipping. See



From Science 2.0 to Pharma 3.0

Available at Chandos:

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December 11, 2012 at 8:05 pm

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