Fascinating discussion about the effect of scholarly publishing practices on the practice of science, especially cell biology: Accelerating Scientific Publication in Biology, posted on BioRxiv by Ronald D. Vale. I enjoyed his speculation about whether Watson and Crick would have been able to publish their DNA articles from 1953 in today's publishing environment. There have been many thoughtful responses to the data Vale collected about biology articles in Cell, Nature and Journal of Cell Biology in 2014 and 1984. I think the comments and discussion are worth reviewing. One easy way to catch a lot of the discussion is to click on the METRICS tab offered on the BioRxiv site. Then click on the number in the center of the altmetric donut. This offers direct links to many blog posts and other attention this article has triggered. One example in Michael Eisen's Thoughts on Ron Vale’s ‘Accelerating Scientific Publication in Biology. This news article about single figure publications seems to be on a similar track: Speeding up scholarly communication for rapid sharing, by Dalmeet Singh Chawla in THE Times Higher Education.
Speaking of Altmetric donuts, The Biodiversity Heritage Library is now offering altmetric information on mentions and discussions about BHL material. More info and some examples: Announcing Altmetric and MyTweeps on BHL! .
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Advice to writers in Publishing high-impact papers: Nature’s way: How to prepare titles and abstracts worthy of a Nature paper, does not recommend the longer, jargon-laden abstracts which seemed to increase citations in last month's Ten Simple (Empirical) Rules for Writing Science in PLOS Computational Biology.
Breaking the 1996 barrier: Scopus adds nearly 4 million pre-1996 articles and more than 83 million references. Although not the Century of Science, recent additions to Scopus are making it a more powerful tool!
Scopus article metrics was also added this month.
The Tao of open science for ecology. Ecosphere 6:art120. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES14-00402.1 (Stephanie E. Hampton, Sean S. Anderson, Sarah C. Bagby, Corinna Gries, Xueying Han, Edmund M. Hart, Matthew B. Jones, W. Christopher Lenhardt, Andrew MacDonald, William K. Michener, Joe Mudge, Afshin Pourmokhtarian, Mark P. Schildhauer, Kara H. Woo, and Naupaka Zimmerman) offers a glossary, a list of tools, and 3 alternative workflows.
Washington University Libraries is an affiliate member of Biodiversity Heritage Library. You may want to browse BHL summer 2015 quarterly report to see some of their activities.
Posts on Scholarly Communications @ WU Libraries from June and July: