bims-librar Biomed news
on Biomedical librarianship
Issue of 2018‒12‒09
thirty-two papers selected by
Thomas Krichel
Open Library Society

  1. J Adv Nurs. 2018 Dec 03.
    Dardas LA, Woodward A, Scott J, Xu H, Sawair FA.
      AIMS: The objectives of this study were to (1) identify nursing journal articles that provoked the most online activity and discussion and (2) assess the association between these articles' altmetric scores and publication characteristics, citation counts; and publishing journals metrics.BACKGROUND: Altmetrics, or alternative metrics, have recently emerged as a complementary way of measuring the societal impact of research by assessing the public engagement with research output. To date, no studies have yet investigated the online attention regarding scientific papers published in the nursing field.
    DESIGN: Integration of quantitative and qualitative synthesized evidence.
    DATA SOURCES AND REVIEW METHODS: InCites Journal Citation Report was used to identify a list of nursing journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection. Altmetric Explorer was selected as an altmetrics harvesting tool. The search in Altmetric Explorer yielded 66,608 research outputs from 118 nursing journals. The articles with the top 100 altmetric attention score (AAS) were identified and a new search, limited to only those 100 articles, was run to produce aggregate metrics specific to those articles. The articles were also exported for thematic analysis.
    RESULTS: The median AAS for the 100 articles was 248, ranging from 138 to 649. The articles were mostly discussed on Twitter, followed by news outlets and Mendeley. Articles indexed in the nursing journals category attracted low online attention compared with articles published in other health journal categories. Twitter remained the dominant source of attention over the years 2012-2018, followed distantly by news outlets. Most online attention came from USA and UK. Of the top 100 articles included in the study, the Journal of Advanced Nursing published the highest number of articles (N=26; Median AAS=179). The AAS was not significantly different between articles published in Q1 journals and those published in Q2 and Q3 journals. There was a significant relationship between articles' AASs and their citation counts on Scopus and Web of Science. Publication date was significantly related to citation counts on Scopus and Web of Science but not with AASs.
    CONCLUSION: Altmetrics will likely continue to evolve alongside the rapidly expanding use of social media and online platforms. As nursing continues to strive to have our research and scholarship inform policy, translated into practice and recognized for its scientific merit, we have to remain vigilant about the best ways to disseminate the important work we are doing. Research, such as this study, will allow nursing scholars to benchmark our progress as we adapt to the changing environment for measuring impact and quality in the digital age. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Keywords:  alternative metrics; altmetrics; bibliometrics; citation metrics; nursing research; scholarly impact; social media
  2. An Pediatr (Barc). 2018 Nov 27. pii: S1695-4033(18)30526-5. [Epub ahead of print]
    Abad-García MF.
      This article presents an analysis of the concept of plagiarism in order to show the wide spectrum of manifestations that can be considered as such when committing a transgression of intellectual property, carried out with the intention of deceiving the authors' true contribution and the originality and novelty of the information. The article describes the concurrent circumstances in intentional plagiarism, and the damage that this misconduct causes in the credibility of the scientific system, in which authorship credit is the foundation of the academic career, of the prestige of the author in the scientific community, and the basis for research funding. Some circumstances are favouring this fraud: the pressure exerted on researchers by the criteria used for promotion and reward that prioritise the quantity of works on their quality, the existence of a market for the purchase and sale of scientific articles, and the proliferation of predatory journals that operate without or minimal ethical standards. Finally, the paper highlights the convenience of the adoption of criteria that prioritise the intrinsic quality of the work versus its quantity, including the active involvement of the institutions in the development of active policies for the prevention, detection, and punishment of the cases of potential fraud, and emphasize that, in the end, the prevention of fraud relies on the individual adoption of an ethical and responsible behaviour.
    Keywords:  Autoplagio; Autores fantasma; Autores honorarios; Escritores fantasma; Ghost authors; Ghost-writing; Honorary authors; Integridad científica; Plagiarism; Plagio; Predatory journals; Revistas depredadoras; Scientific integrity; Self-plagiarism
  3. J Educ Perioper Med. 2018 Jul-Sep;20(3):20(3): E627
    Zisblatt L, Naughton NN, Byrne M, Dobija N, Fowler LC, MacEachern M, McLean S, Munzer BW, Rochlen LR, Santen SA, Peoples E.
      Background: In the same way that impact factor is calculated for journals, the number of citations an article receives can indicate its influence or value to a particular field. This study was designed to identify the most frequently cited articles in anesthesiology education to yield insight into which articles have been most useful for researchers in ongoing research and publication.Methods: The Web of Science database was searched to capture the top-cited articles in anesthesiology education both in anesthesiology and nonanesthesiology journals. Results were sorted by the most frequently cited. The top 40 cited articles were identified. Articles were included if they (1) related to anesthesiology or included anesthesiologists as subjects and (2) were related to the education of current or future anesthesiologists. The full text was analyzed, and themes were identified.
    Results: There was a total of 2923 citations of articles in anesthesiology journals and 924 citations of articles in nonanesthesiology journals. Thirty-two of 40 articles (80%) were research studies. Twenty-four of 40 (60%) were about teaching methods. Twenty-five of 40 (63%) focused on simulation, and 31 of 40 (78%) had residents as the subjects. Twenty-eight of 40 (70%) articles were about either case management (15) or learning procedures (13).
    Conclusions: This study identifies the most widely cited articles in anesthesiology education. Common themes included procedural learning, interventional research study designs, simulation, and studies involving residents as subjects. This article may be a resource to anesthesiology education researchers to identify what articles are widely cited by other researchers.
    Keywords:  Bibliometrics; anesthesiology; biomedical research; medical education or graduate medical education; publishing
  4. Ir J Med Sci. 2018 Dec 03.
    Roldan-Valadez E, Salazar-Ruiz SY, Ibarra-Contreras R, Rios C.
      BACKGROUND: Understanding the impact of a publication by using bibliometric indices becomes an essential activity not only for universities and research institutes but also for individual academicians. This paper aims to provide a brief review of the current bibliometric tools used by authors and editors and proposes an algorithm to assess the relevance of the most common bibliometric tools to help the researchers select the fittest journal and know the trends of published submissions by using self-evaluation.METHODS: We present a narrative review answering at least two related consecutive questions triggered by the topics mentioned above. How prestigious is a journal based on its most recent bibliometrics, so authors may choose it to submit their next manuscript? And, how can they self-evaluate/understand the impact of their whole publishing scientific life?
    RESULTS: We presented the main relevant definitions of each bibliometrics and grouped them in those oriented to evaluated journals or individuals. Also, we share with our readers our algorithm to assess journals before manuscript submission.
    CONCLUSIONS: Since there is a journal performance market and an article performance market, each one with its patterns, an integrative use of these metrics, rather than just the impact factor alone, might represent the fairest and most legitimate approach to assess the influence and importance of an acceptable research issue, and not only a sound journal in their respective disciplines.
    Keywords:  Algorithms; Bibliometrics; Citation; Journal impact factor; Self-evaluation
  5. J Neurosci Res. 2018 Dec 02.
    Prager EM, Chambers KE, Plotkin JL, McArthur DL, Bandrowski AE, Bansal N, Martone ME, Bergstrom HC, Bespalov A, Graf C.
      Progress in basic and clinical research is slowed when researchers fail to provide a complete and accurate report of how a study was designed, executed, and the results analyzed. Publishing rigorous scientific research involves a full description of the methods, materials, procedures, and outcomes. Investigators may fail to provide a complete description of how their study was designed and executed because they may not know how to accurately report the information or the mechanisms are not in place to facilitate transparent reporting. Here, we provide an overview of how authors can write manuscripts in a transparent and thorough manner. We introduce a set of reporting criteria that can be used for publishing, including recommendations on reporting the experimental design and statistical approaches. We also discuss how to accurately visualize the results and provide recommendations for peer reviewers to enhance rigor and transparency. Incorporating transparency practices into research manuscripts will significantly improve the reproducibility of the results by independent laboratories.
    Keywords:  Open Science; peer review; policy; publishing; scientific rigor; transparency
  6. Med Arch. 2018 Oct;72(4): 306-307
    Masic I.
      Writing of scientific articles requires high competence and scientific awareness, and the respect of scientific patterns of behavior. Every article should essentially be followed by the IMRAD structure, which is generally represented, with minor modifications, in the entire modern scientific publishing. Writing articles must follow the thread, have a meaningful beginning and end, and from each and every part of the context. Also, it is indicate the benefits of the paper, to its defect, defining ambiguous points that would have the process for further analysis in some subsequent studies by the same or another group of authors. It means, the chapter - Discussion represents the heart of every scientific article. The writing of the discussion itself must point to the specificity of the results of the work itself. Author wants to point out the importance of quality description of chapter Discussion, when scientists prepare their articles with presenting own results comparing it with results of other authors with similar topic.
    Keywords:  Discussion; IMRAD
  7. J Nurs Manag. 2018 Dec 01.
    Watson R.
      I am writing this in China and, looking from my hotel room, I can barely see beyond the buildings on the other side of the street. It's pollution; it obscures vision, and exposure has. adverse effects on health. I think 'pollution' is an excellent metaphor for what we are currently seeing in academic publishing as a result of the seemingly inexorable increase in the number of predatory publishers and the 'fruits' of their labour, the predatory journals and predatory conferences. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
  8. ANZ J Surg. 2018 Dec 04.
    Liang Y, Lo-Cao E, Punch G, Lam V, Richardson A.
      BACKGROUND: There is growing interest in publishing trends given the increasing amount of research publication across various specialities. Studies relating to hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) surgery show an oncological focus compared to benign, emergency and trauma.METHODS: Analysis of ISI JCR impact factors in the Web of Knowledge and the Scimago Journal Rank through Scopus was performed to select four readily available, relevant and frequently read journals from the surgery category. A total of 5265 articles between 2012 and 2016 were categorized relating to emergency or oncology topics. A secondary analysis of PubMed MeSH term was performed to scrutinize trends of publishing over the period 1960-2016.
    RESULTS: Of the 5265 articles screened, 2062 related to HPB surgery. Of these, 49% (1007 of 2062) were oncology related. This trend towards oncology-related topics is continued in HPB subspecialty journals where 51% (679 of 1320) of articles are oncology related. Emergency- and trauma-related topics accounted 10% (198 of 2062) overall, whereas in subspecialty journals, they account for 8% (111 of 1320). Secondary analysis of MeSH term trends demonstrated a now stable trend over the last 20 years of liver and pancreatic trauma to oncology ratio of 1:10 publications, and biliary trauma to oncology publishing ratio of 1:5.
    CONCLUSIONS: Quantitatively oncology topics are published favourably, whereas emergency- and trauma-related HPB articles appear static. This is in keeping with baseline trends over the last five decades. Further analysis could delineate whether publishing in trauma subspecialty journals compensate for this trend.
    Keywords:  hepato-pancreato-biliary; peer review; publishing; research; surgical oncology; trauma
  9. Saudi J Biol Sci. 2018 Nov;25(7): 1278-1283
    Meo SA.
      Writing and publishing a scientific paper in academic journals is a highly competitive, time-consuming stepwise process. The road to scientific writing and publication is rarely straightforward. Scientific writing has uniform format, which is perplexing for the novice science writers due to its inflexible anatomy (structure) and physiology (functions). Many obstacles are allied with the scientific writing path which can be minimized by applying some simple guidelines and practices. The scientific papers have an almost similar format but, original articles are divided into distinct sections and each segment contains a specific type of information. The basic anatomy of scientific papers is mainly comprised of the structure of the various components of a scientific paper, including title, abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgments and references. However, the physiology of a scientific paper is difficult to understand. Early career researchers and trainees may be less familiar with the various components of scientific papers. In this study, we applied an observational approach to describe the essential steps to facilitate the readers and writers to understand the basic characteristics, anatomy and physiology of writing the various sections of a scientific paper for an academic science journal.
    Keywords:  Paper structure, writing tips; Publication process; Scientific paper writing
  10. Res Integr Peer Rev. 2018 ;3 13
    Patel J.
      Manipulation of the publication process is a relatively new form of misconduct affecting the publishing industry. This editorial describes what it is, why it is difficult for individual journal editors and publishers to handle and the background to the development of the new COPE guidelines on how to manage publication process manipulation. These new guidelines represent an important first step towards encouraging openness and collaboration between publishers to address this phenomenon.
  11. J Educ Health Promot. 2018 ;7 131
    Bhagavathula AS, Bandari DK, Jamshed SQ, Chattu VK.
      BACKGROUND: Scholarly research experiences during student life can make pharmacy students capable of reaching the pinnacle of triumph with scientific skills.AIM: The aim of this study is to assess the perception of pharmacy students and their inclination toward scholarly research publications.
    MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional web-based survey was conducted among pharmacy students across India, Malaysia, and Pakistan. A 21-item questionnaire was distributed through different social networking sites between July and September 2016. Descriptive and Chi-square tests were used to analyze the findings. A value of P < 0.05 was considered as statistically significant.
    RESULTS: Of 543 pharmacy students approached, 348 participants from India, Pakistan, and Malaysia were included giving a response rate of 64%. The study comprises 48.5% of males and 51.4% of females, studying a bachelor of pharmacy (44.5%), and from private institutions (94%). Nearly, three-fourths (76.4%) of the students had no publications but showed high interest toward original research (87.4%). Most of the participants cited the reasons to engage in the scholarly publication is too advanced research/share findings (74.1%), and to improve writing and research skills (73.6%). Further, a significant percentage of students agreed that contributing to the literature during student life as a valuable experience and publishing will provide them with personal fulfilment.
    CONCLUSIONS: This study showed that most of the pharmacy students had positive perceptions toward scholarly research activities to advance research and improve their writing research skills. We recommend the pharmacy schools to incorporate scholarly activities in the curriculum to embark research-inclusive career.
    Keywords:  Cross-sectional study; perception; pharmacy students; publication; research; scholarly journals
  12. J Evid Based Dent Pract. 2018 Dec;pii: S1532-3382(17)30264-6. [Epub ahead of print]18(4): 269-274
    Livas C, Delli K.
      OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to evaluate the evolution of journal self-citation rates (SCRs) and impact factors (IFs) over time in the dental journals.MATERIALS AND METHODS: The journals listed under the category "dentistry, oral surgery, and medicine" in the Journal Citation Reports for the years 2014-2016 were screened for the following: citations and self-citations to years used in IF calculation, IF, IF without self-citations (corrected IF), SCR, and quartile of the IF distribution the journal occupied (Q1-Q4). Additional data regarding the number of issues published annually, journal's access options, and country of publication were extracted from the "Journal Profile Page."
    RESULTS: The median SCR significantly declined between 2014 and 2016 (13.725 [0-57.049], 12.687 [0-52.326], and 10.667 [0-53.208], respectively [P < .05]), while at the same time, IFs and corrected IFs significantly increased. SCR was significantly higher in subspecialty journals than that in general journals, as well as in the ones publishing more issues per year. Open-access journals tended to present lower SCR compared to journals requiring payment. No statistically significant differences in SCR were observed with respect to the origin and quartile. Nonsignificant correlations (r < 0.3, P > .05) were found for SCR-IF and SCR-corrected IF for all years.
    CONCLUSIONS: There was a statistically significant decrease in SCR during the observation period. SCR was not correlated to IF of dental journals. Subspecialty journals and journals publishing more frequently presented significantly higher SCRs. These findings suggest favorable publishing conditions and citation practices in the dental literature.
    Keywords:  Bibliometrics; Dental journals; Impact factor; Self-citation
  13. Bull Cancer. 2018 Nov 30. pii: S0007-4551(18)30337-0. [Epub ahead of print]
    Blanc E, Boulieu R, Bertram D.
      INTRODUCTION: Research activity evaluation in French hospitals is based on the number of publications, author position (first, second, third, second-to-last, last, investigator list, and "Other") and journal category (A being the highest category followed by B, C, D, E, and NC).METHODS: The profile of publications over the 2004-2014 period in terms of these indicators was evaluated. Hospitals were classified into six groups according to administrative status. Time trends were analysed by three models. One-way ANOVA followed by Tukey's test was performed.
    RESULTS: A total of 192886 publications were analysed. The increase in the number of publications ranged from 628% for for-profit private hospitals to 141% for public teaching hospitals. The most frequent category was B for cancer centres (25%), whereas this was E in public teaching (22%) and non-teaching hospitals (28%), in not-for-profit private hospitals (25%), in the military hospital (30%), and in for-profit private hospitals (24%). The first position was the most frequent for public teaching hospitals (38%) and the military hospital (44%), whereas the "Other" position was the most frequent in cancer centres (26%), in public non-teaching hospitals (28%), in not-for-profit private hospitals (27%), and in for-profit private hospitals (29%).
    DISCUSSION: Different patterns were identified. The author position indicated that all types of hospital are involved in research projects. This study also found that public non-teaching hospitals, not-for-profit private hospitals, for-profit private hospitals, and cancer centres collaborated with other institutions which were often distinguished by publishing in high-category journals.
    Keywords:  Bibliometrics; Impact factor journal; PubMed; Publications; SIGAPS
  14. J Med Syst. 2018 Dec 06. 43(1): 11
    de la Torre Díez I, Alonso SG, Hamrioui S, Cruz EM, Nozaleda LM, Franco MA.
      Internet of Things (IoT) has emerged as a new paradigm today, connecting a variety of physical and virtual elements integrated with electronic components, sensors, actuators and software to collect and exchange data. IoT is gaining increasing attention as a priority research topic in the Health sector in general and in specific areas such as Mental Health. The main objective of this paper is to show a review of the existing research works in the literature, referring to the main IoT services and applications in Mental Health diseases. The scientific databases used to carry out the review are Google Scholar, IEEE Xplore, PubMed, Science Direct, and Web of Science, taking into account as date of publication the last 10 years, from 2008 to the present. Several search criteria were established such as "IoT OR Internet of Things AND (Application OR Service) AND Mental Health" selecting the most interesting articles. A total of 51 articles were found on IoT-based services and applications in Mental Health, of which 14 have been identified as relevant works in mental health. Many of the publications (more than 60%) found show the applications developed for monitoring patients with mental disorders through sensors and networked devices. The inclusion of the new IoT technology in Health brings many benefits in terms of monitoring, welfare interventions and providing alert and information services. In pathologies such as Mental Health is a vital factor to improve the patient life quality and effectiveness of the medical service.
    Keywords:  Applications; IoT; Mental health; Sensors
  15. Account Res. 2018 Dec 05.
    Wawer J.
      The career of scientists often depends on the number of their published works. This fact leads to the overproduction of low-quality papers burying the important articles and making the knowledge less accessible. One of the methods to counteract these negative aspects might lie in the promotion of healthy trends in publishing behaviour. In the present work the theoretical analysis of a new bibliometric measure is presented and its potential impact on the publishing strategies is carefully discussed.
    Keywords:  Article inflation; Asymmetry of the distribution curve; H-index; Herfindahl index; Salami science
  16. Acta Inform Med. 2018 Oct;26(3): 175-179
    Afkhaminia F, Siamian H, Behnampour N, Moghimi A, Karimpour S.
      Background: One of the performance measures of any educational system is the degree to which students learn their education. Academic achievement includes the acquisition of a set of skills and abilities that are acquired during the course and in decision making and the various issues of leadership of individuals. A variety of factors affect the academic success of students. The present study aims to investigate the successful student's point of view from students of Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences in 2016-2017.Materials and methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted with an analytical approach. 595 students from all faculties of Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences and Health Services who were studying in the second semester of 2016-2017. To collect data, a researcher-made questionnaire made 144 questions, "Student Success Index" with 18 areas of reading, writing, speaking skills, listening skills, learning styles, memory, reading skills, critical thinking skills, motivation, self-esteem, personal relationships, conflict resolution, health, time management, Financial Management, Personal Purposes, Work Planning and Support Resources, each of which includes 8 fields. The Mann-Whitney U test and Kruskal-Wallis test used for analysis.
    Results: There is a meaningful relationship between auditory skills, reading, creative thinking and critique, motivation, personal relationships, conflict resolution, time management, personal goals, work planning, sources of support and School. )P<0.05(. Also, there is a significant relationship between the dimension of personal goals and educational level (P <0.05). In terms of personal dimensions, PhD students had lower levels than the average.
    Conclusion: Empowering human resources through education is possible. Obviously, with the increase in the efficiency of universities and higher education institutions, one can take a major step in the development of the country. It is suggested that in order to improve the quality of these skills among students, the teaching strategies for learning these skills should be included in the student's curriculum, or by conducting workshops on the use of these strategies during the study period for students for improving and developing it.
    Keywords:  Mazandaran; academic performance; academic success; comment; scale; students
  17. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Dec 03. pii: E2727. [Epub ahead of print]15(12):
    Álvarez-García J, Durán-Sánchez A, Del Río-Rama MC, García-Vélez DF.
      Population ageing is one of humanity's greatest achievements with the elderly who offer valuable resources and make an important contribution to the structure of our societies. At the same time, this ageing population poses great challenges, as it requires greater economic and social needs. Institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) are promoting policies that aim at promoting active ageing, which is understood as the process of optimizing health, participation and security opportunities in order to improve people's quality of life as they get older. The main objective of this study is to identify scientific production related to the area of Active Ageing. The work methodology used is the bibliometric analysis of the articles indexed in the multidisciplinary databases WoS and Scopus. There were 171 articles in WoS and 234 in Scopus that were selected, with a time limit in 2017. In the analysis carried out it is observed that active ageing is a topic that has aroused interest among researchers in recent years, proof of this is the increase both in the number of articles published in scientific journals and in the citations received. The Scopus database presents a greater coverage of the subject. The Overlap Index shows that Scopus covers 90.06% of the WoS articles and its Single Documents index is 34.19% versus 9.94% of WoS.
    Keywords:  Active Ageing; Active Ageing Paradigm; Bibliometric Study; International Databases of Bibliographic References
  18. Ir J Psychol Med. 2018 Dec;35(4): 273-274
    Lyne J.
      Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine (IJPM) was recently accepted for indexing on Medline. This reflects the high scientific quality of articles published in the journal and highlights the excellent work by publishers, authors, reviewers and the journal editorial board who have contributed to the journal's development over many years. IJPM remains committed to further progression through constant innovation and maintaining the excellent standard of publishing to date. We look forward to promoting our aims of improving knowledge and advocating for better mental health services by continuing to highlight key topics of current relevance to mental health.
    Keywords:  Indexing; Journal; Medline; Publishing
  19. J Dent Educ. 2018 Dec;82(12): 1320-1326
    Sukotjo C, Khan A, Yuan JC, Afshari F, Weatherspoon D, Wee AG.
      The aims of this study were to measure the research productivity of directors of U.S. advanced education in prosthodontics programs (AEPP) and to identify associations between the directors' publication metrics and professional characteristics. A list of AEPP directors was obtained from the American College of Prosthodontists website in December 2015. Information on gender, academic rank, and highest degree was collected from the institutional website for each individual. Citation databases (Scopus and Google Scholar) were searched for each director's h-index and i10-index (both indexes are based on numbers of citations of the author's articles) and total numbers of publications and citations. The search identified 50 AEPP directors. The majority were male and had a primary appointment at a university. Most held the rank of associate professor or professor and held both DDS and MS degrees. The mean h-index and i10-index of all directors were 6.32±6.97 and 6.84±10.77, respectively. Their mean numbers of publications and citations were 24.60±31.21 and 288.40±625.97, respectively. The analysis showed that the program directors affiliated with a university had significantly higher mean values for all indexes than those of non-university-affiliated program directors. Professors had productivity metrics significantly higher than those of other ranks in all measures of research productivity.
    Keywords:  advanced dental education; dental faculty; h-index; i10-index; prosthodontics; publication; research; research productivity
  20. Arthroscopy. 2018 Dec;pii: S0749-8063(18)30853-3. [Epub ahead of print]34(12): 3113-3114
    Rossi MJ, Brand JC, Lubowitz JH.
      The mission of Arthroscopy is to provide authoritative, current, peer-reviewed clinical and basic science information regarding arthroscopic and related surgery. In addition, with a goal of improving the quality of the scientific research published in our journal and others, we develop and publish research pearls, statistical guides, article checklists and templates, and related tools. In sum, this effort allows our cadre of editors, reviewers, authors, and readers to strive to improve in our ability to create and critically analyze medical literature of the greatest merit. Our ultimate ambition is to publish more perfect articles with conclusions on which readers can rely.
  21. J Clin Rheumatol. 2018 Dec 05.
    Ugarte-Gil MF, Alarcón GS.
      In this article, we are providing a general description of the process of moving a research project from completion to publication; we are describing the process of assigning authors, the drafting of the manuscript, the review process, and how to respond to comments received from reviewers and editors. This roadmap is meant to stimulate the scientific productivity of junior researchers across the continent.
  22. J Allied Health. 2018 ;47(4): 235
    Elwood TW.
      Once upon a time not so long ago, the acquisition of new information and knowledge contained in journals occurred at a relatively slow pace. Individual subscribers had to wait for the latest print issue to be delivered by regular mail. Readers not so privileged to enjoy their own personal subscription had to wait until the most recent issue arrived at a college or university library. Even then, extra time was needed to catalogue the periodical and place it on a shelf for readers. Given that there may be only a single copy to meet the needs of multiple readers, the waiting period would be extended further, especially in the era prior to the availability of copying machines. Fast forwarding to the present day, not only are periodicals from all over the globe accessible through libraries at academic institutions, but for some journals, the latest issue even might be dated several months ahead of the current month. This acceleration has been accompanied by other developments that have affected the publications industry. Examples involve journal subscriptions and retraction of articles that occurs.
  23. Saudi Pharm J. 2018 Dec;26(8): 1106-1111
    Alhaddad MS.
      This study aimed to measure the use of social media applications for health information among residents in Saudi Arabia. A cross sectional study was adopted in this study between 20th of September to 1st of December 2017. A pre-validated questionnaire was either distributed through face to face to respondents in public areas or through online survey which was posted to main social media groups in Saudi Arabia. All data was analyzed through using SPSS version 22.0. All p-values of less than 0.05 were considered significant. A total of 751 valid responses were obtained out of 1200 invitations. WhatsApp was the main application frequently used among our respondents 83.8%. In addition, about 18% of respondents use social media to search on medicines related information on weekly basis. On the other hand, 12.6% of respondents receive medical related information on social media daily. Friends are the main source of medical related information on social media which is represented by 28.5% of responses. Whereas health specialists represent only 20.1% of health information on social media. One-third of our respondents either search or receive medical related information on social media on daily and weekly basis. More than 90% of respondents prefer to receive medical related information from trusted official sources. Health authorities have to frequently review the health information contents available in social media as well as educate patients on the importance of validating the medical information available on social media from their healthcare providers.
    Keywords:  Medical information; Saudi Arabia; Social media; Use
  24. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Nov 29. pii: E2699. [Epub ahead of print]15(12):
    Ruiz-Real JL, Uribe-Toril J, Valenciano JP, Gázquez-Abad JC.
      The relevance of circular economy to environmental science has led to a notable increase of research works during the last few years. It is very important to know the evolution of the publications that relate these two concepts, as well as the main areas of knowledge in which these investigations are framed. The purpose is to understand and highlight the state of art of circular economy and the role and relationship of the environment. Bibliometric analysis allows to evaluate developments in knowledge on a specific subject and assesses the scientific influence of researches and sources. This paper analyses the worldwide research dynamics on circular economy in the period from 2006 to 2017. A bibliometric analysis of 743 articles was completed. The most productive journals in this field were Journal of Cleaner Production. The five most productive countries were China, United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, and Germany. Works on the circular economy and environment has considerable potential and it is open to research fields as sustainability or industrial production. The findings of this study could prove useful for studies into environmental circular economy, as they show a global sight of this line of study. Thus, the article represents a contribution to identify the main trends in circular economy research and environment and, from there, propose future research initiatives.
    Keywords:  WOS; bibliometric analysis; circular economy; cross world research; environment; global research environment; sustainability
  25. Technol Health Care. 2018 Nov 16.
    Prakash A, Saha SK.
      BACKGROUND: The World Wide Web has become a huge repository of knowledge in many domains, including health problems and remedy. An intelligent system, having the capability of mining the relevant information from the web, can provide instant guidance in our basic health problems.OBJECTIVE: The first objective is to convert the free-form long user query into a structured summary. The second objective is to provide an advice for a health query posed by a user. The suggestion can be in the form of names of medicines and related information or a warning to indicate that the situation is a medical emergency.
    METHODS: First, a set of template information is extracted from the user question. A search query is formed to retrieve relevant pages from a set of trusted websites. The retrieved pages are processed in various levels to extract the remedy and related information.
    RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The system is tested using a set of real questions collected from various relevant websites. The system generated suggestions are evaluated by experts. Evaluation results show that the system provides relevant results in 92.92% cases.
    Keywords:  E-health; health information management; medical informatics applications; natural language processing; online remedy finding
  26. AIDS Behav. 2018 Dec 01.
    Woods SP, Sullivan KL.
      HIV-associated neurocognitive impairment is an independent predictor of low general health literacy, which can be associated with poor disease outcomes (e.g., viremia). Given the increasing frequency with which health behaviors occur in an online environment (e.g., health information seeking, provider interactions), there is a specific need to understand the predictors of electronic health (eHealth) literacy of persons living with HIV disease. In this study, 90 HIV+ persons completed the eHealth Literacy Scale (eHEALS), which measures one's awareness, skills and evaluation of online health resources. Participants also completed a comprehensive battery of clinical neurocognitive tests and well-validated performance-based measures of general health literacy capacity (e.g., knowledge, numeracy). Results showed that, independent of education, lower neurocognitive function was moderately related to lower eHEALS scores, particularly in the domains of learning and motor skills. Of particular note, general health literacy capacity emerged as a significant mediator of the relationship between neurocognition and eHealth literacy. Thus, the adverse effects of neurocognition on health literacy capacity carries a downstream adverse influence on HIV+ persons' awareness, skills, and evaluation of health-related resources in the online environment.
    Keywords:  AIDS dementia complex; Health behaviors; Internet navigation skills; Neuropsychological assessment; World Wide Web
  27. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Nov 30. pii: E2703. [Epub ahead of print]15(12):
    Garrido-Cardenas JA, Manzano-Agugliaro F, González-Cerón L, Gil-Montoya F, Alcayde-Garcia A, Novas N, Mesa-Valle C.
      It is essential to establish a pattern to detect the strengths and weaknesses of working groups publishing on malaria, to promote coordination to facilitate the eradication of the disease. Given the complexity of the scientific network of groups and institutions studying malaria, it is necessary to use a mathematical algorithm that allows us to know the real structure of research on the disease in the world. In this work, articles with the word "malaria" in the title or author keywords gathered from Elsevier Scopus database were analyzed. By means of specific software, graphs were created. The analysis of the data allowed established different scientific communities, among which two were very diverse: one formed by those groups concerned about the vector transmission and control, and another one focused on the drug resistance of the parasite. Basic, applied, and operational research to eradicate malaria is an ambitious goal of the international institutions and the scientific community. The combination of effort and the establishment of a worldwide-scientific network that allows an effective interconnection (exchange) of knowledge, infrastructure technology, collaborators, financial resources, and datasets will contribute more effectively to end the disease.
    Keywords:  drug resistance; malaria; scientific community; vector
  28. Nature. 2018 Dec;564(7734): 39
    Jennions M, Lanfear R, Nakagawa S.
    Keywords:  Institutions; Publishing
  29. Can J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018 ;2018 2849390
    Priyanka P, Hadi YB, Reynolds GJ.
      Objective: Patients are increasingly using the Internet to inform themselves of health-related topics and procedures, including EGD. We analyzed the quality of information and readability of websites after a search on 3 different search engines.Methods: We used an assessment tool for website quality analysis that we developed in addition to using validated instruments for website quality, Global Quality Score (GQS) and Health on Net (HON) certification. The readability was assessed using Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease (FRE) and Flesch-Kincaid Grade level (FKG). 30 results of each search terms 'EGD' and 'Upper Endoscopy' from Google and 15 each from Bing and Yahoo were analyzed. A total of 45 websites were included from 100 URLs after removing duplicates, video links, and journal articles.
    Results: Only 3 websites were found to have good quality and comprehensive and authentic information. These websites were,, and There were additional 13 sites with moderate quality of information. The mean Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease (FRE) score was 46.92 (range 81.6-6.5). The mean Flesch-Kincaid Grade level (FKG) was 11th grade, with a range of 6th grade to 12th grade and above making them difficult to read.
    Conclusions: Our study shows that there are quite a few websites with moderate quality content. We recommend 3 comprehensive and authentic websites out of 45 URLs analyzed for information on Internet for EGD. In addition, the readability of the websites was consistently at a higher level than recommended by AMA at 11th grade level. In addition, we identified 3 websites with moderate quality content written at 8th grade and below readability level. We feel that gastroenterologists can help their patients better understand this procedure by directing them to these comprehensive websites.
  30. Rev Bras Enferm. 2018 Nov-Dec;71(6):pii: S0034-71672018000602860. [Epub ahead of print]71(6): 2860-2868
    Beserra PJF, Gomes GLL, Santos MCF, Bittencourt GKGD, Nóbrega MMLD.
      OBJECTIVE: To describe the scientific production of the International Classification for Nursing Practice throughout dissertations and theses published by nurses in Brazil from 1996 to 2016.METHOD: A bibliometric, descriptive, quantitative documentary study, carried out from October/2015 to July/2016 on the sites of the Center of Studies and Research in Nursing (CEPEn), at the thesis and dissertation banks of the Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel and of the Plataforma Sucupira (Sucupira Platform).
    RESULTS: There were 108 productions, 30 theses and 78 dissertations. In 2014, there was the largest number of publications (19). The Graduate Program in Nursing of the Universidade Federal da Paraíba had the highest number of productions (23). Regarding the theme, the use in clinical practice was highlighted (69), followed by the elaboration of terminology subsets (17).
    CONCLUSION: The Brazilian scientific production setting on ICNP® is expressive, evidencing this system as a tool that allows the provision of systematic care.