BMC Medicine, an open access journal published by BioMed Central, will be hosting a one hour Twitter-chat to discuss how open access publishing impacts medical research and global health in recognition of Open Access Week (October 21 - 27).
Earlier this year, BMC Medicine launched the Medicine for Global Health article collection, which aims to explore public health initiatives, healthcare policies and economics, and research into the control and treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases which have strong implications for global health. Accessibility of research findings is vital to the progress of such work, and this is where open access publishing can play an important role in dissemination. In addition, the growing focus on the importance of open data (as reflected in the recent inclusion of the Creative Commons CC0 waiver into the BioMed Central Copyright and License Agreement) should go a long way into facilitating the transparency of raw data.
Interested parties may join BMC Medicine (@BMCMedicine) and a prominent group of researchers - Agnes Binagwaho (@agnesbinagwaho), Charles Wiysonge (@CharlesShey) and Prabhat Jha (@countthedead) - for a one hour Twitter-chat on October 21 at 4 pm UK time. The Twitter-chat will use the hashtag #BMCMed, and will be moderated from the @BMCMedicine account.
The questions that will be asked during the Twitter-chat are: What are the current challenges to medical research for global health?; Does publishing research in an open access journal benefit medical research?; Can having unrestricted access to research drive public health decision-making?; What is the importance of open data for informing large-scale global studies?; and Is there more that open access journals can do to support medical research for global health?
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced that its History of Medicine Division has launched a new blog, Circulating Now, to encourage greater exploration and discovery of one of the world's largest and most treasured history of medicine collections. Encompassing millions of items that span ten centuries, these collections include items from books, journals, and photographs, to lantern slides, motion picture films, film strips, video tapes, audio recordings, pamphlets, ephemera, portraits, woodcuts, engravings, etchings, and lithographs.
The NLM's historical collections also include items from the present day - born-digital materials and rich data sets - like the millions of records in its IndexCat database - that are ripe for exploration through traditional research methods and new ones that are emerging in the current climate of 'big data' and the digital humanities.
Circulating Now will bring the NLM's diverse historical collections to life in new and exciting ways for researchers, educators, students, and anyone else who is interested in the history of medicine. Whether you are familiar with NLM's historical collections, or you are discovering them for the first time, the blog will be an exciting and engaging resource to bookmark, share, and discuss with other readers.
Scientific American Mind has launched a new destination for mind-and-brain-themed blogs, blogs.scientificamerican.com/mind. The Scientific American Mind blogs will concentrate on psychology, neuroscience, and related fields. Six new blogs will join the 11 existing mind-and-brain blogs on the Scientific American Mind Network. All of the Scientific American Mind blogs will also be featured on the Scientific American Blog Network.
Scientific American blog editor Bora Zivkovic will curate the Scientific American Mind blogs along with Scientific American Mind Managing Editor Sandra Upson and Editor Ingrid Wickelgren.
The introduction of Scientific American Mind blog destination is another point of growth for Scientific American's digital offerings. In July 2011, Scientific American launched the Scientific American blog network to unite editorial, independent and group blogs under the magazine's banner. The blog network provides a platform for people in the science community to exchange ideas and interact with SA readers. It started at 47 blogs and has grown to 56.
Scientific American Mind has also launched a new home page, mind.scientificamerican.com, which hosts print and online articles, as well as multimedia, in one convenient location.
Research collaboration startup Mendeley has announced the release of the open standards CSL Editor, produced in collaboration with Columbia University Libraries and supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The product is projected as the first true 'what-you-see-is-what-you-get' citation style editor for open source CSL citation styles.
It has been observed that most academic journals insist that papers submitted to them conform to the journal's own, idiosyncratic citation style. This has led to a proliferation of thousands of different citation styles, often with only minuscule differences in the placement of commas, or the use of quotation marks and italics. To support their users in this arduous task, reference management tools like Mendeley ship with 2,789 different citation styles which can be used when formatting a bibliography in Word or Open Office.
However, it turns out that 2,789 was still not enough: being able to edit and create new citation styles easily was the top-ranked feature request by a wide margin on Mendeley's user feedback board. Users frequently lamented that the one particular style they needed was not covered, or that they were unable to switch from tools such as EndNote or RefWorks as long as a particular style was lacking. The citation styles in EndNote or RefWorks are built in a closed, proprietary format, which prevents their re-use in other referencing tools. In response, scholars have created the open source CSL (Citation Style Language) standard, which has since been implemented in tools like Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, Docear, and Qiqqa.
The main drawback of CSL styles, however, was that editing them required a knowledge of XML code, making it impossible for most researchers to adapt citation styles to their needs. Mendeley's new WYSIWYG citation style editor allows anyone to click on any element of a citation they would like to change, and then format the output with a few simple clicks. The output is saved in CSL-standard compliant XML and can thus be used in any other reference management tool. If a researcher does not know the name of the citation style they need, they can simply type in an example, and the Mendeley CSL Editor will suggest matching styles.
Mendeley, a UK-based startup, has announced that Mendeley Institutional Edition powered by Swets (MIE), the web-based research analytics dashboard and social collaboration platform, has expanded its reach into the Asia-Pacific market. The platform is being rolled out at the University of Nottingham Malaysia campus. This foreign campus of the University of Nottingham in the UK joins other institutions in the region, including Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council (AFFRC) of Japan, in adopting the platform.
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus library has a large international student base, necessitating a great degree of flexibility in the tools they use to conduct and manage their research. All libraries signing up for the MIE can roll out premium versions of Mendeley's end-user platform to all researchers across their institution. MIE's cloud-based solution has opened up new possibilities for the Campus' end users to work and collaborate remotely, an important factor for the University.
From the library point of view, keeping track of reading and publication trends among this diverse group was a huge bonus to the library. The insights provided by the tool will give the library a more central role in the research workflow undertaken across their institution and greater visibility of end-user behaviour and how to refine the library collection to meet their changing needs.
During the implementation stage, Swets and Mendeley worked with the library to build a customised citation style that, although based on the Harvard system, was unique to this institution. The possibilities for further growth in the tool's analytics capabilities and benchmarking are revealed as layers will be added to what is based on the one of the largest citation databases in existence.