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Science literature access and its impact on R&D for Pharma

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An excellent editorial on the latest Nature Biotechnology…

In a few words, the situation is:

  • Majority of small-to-mid-sized biotech companies have no libraries to speak of and no librarians to help with literature searches
  • Majority of small-to-mid-sized biotech companies cannot afford expensive subscriptions of STM big packages
  • Open Access is not yet enough significant in medicine fields
  • Many scientists “violate” licensing agreements by borrowing access codes from universities
  • Information underload is a daily issue for biotech companies
  • Big pharmas have eliminated their internal libraries
  • Big Pharmas rely on biotech for their future pipelines

As a result, “One cannot expect high productivity from the smaller emerging companies that collectively suffer from an inability to afford access to reports describing new discoveries in the biomedical sciences“…

Lyman, Stewart. Industry access to the literature. Nature Biotechnology, Vol. 29, N°7, July 2011. p. 571-572
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July 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

NextBio: experimental data search engine

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NextBio is a free life science search engine. Now a researcher or clinician can search the world’s public life sciences data and literature – 10,000 experiments, 16 million articles, and billions of data points. The interest of such a tool (biotech & human oriented) is to provide researcher with a combination of experimental data, literature (medline) and Clinical trials on a single interface.


Written by hbasset

March 18, 2009 at 7:58 pm

PubMed Vs Scopus Vs Web Of Science

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For citation analysis, Scopus offers about 20% more coverage than Web of Science, whereas Google Scholar offers results of inconsistent accuracy. PubMed remains an optimal tool in biomedical electronic research. Scopus covers a wider journal range, of help both in keyword searching and citation analysis, but it is currently limited to recent articles (published after 1995) compared with Web of Science. Google Scholar, as for the Web in general, can help in the retrieval of even the most obscure information but its use is marred by inadequate, less often updated, citation information“.

—Falagas, M. E., Pitsouni, E I., Malietzis, G. A., and Pappas, G. Comparison of Pub Med, Scopus, Web of Science, and Google Scholar: strengths and weaknesses. FASEB J. 22, 338–342 (2008)

Written by hbasset

March 12, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Novoseek: a new Search engine for biomedical literature

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Novoseek is a smart tool to find out easily and efficiently your literature from Medline database.


On the left side of your results list, you get clustering features suggesting filters (key biomedical concepts such as: Diseases, Genes, Organisms, Biological functions, etc.) linked to your request. That helps you to refine your search with one click.

 My opinion: Excellent for Medline afficionados; Should replace the “old-fashion” PubMed! 



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March 12, 2009 at 7:49 pm

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