bims-skolko Biomed News
on Scholarly communication
Issue of 2019‒06‒30
seven papers selected by
Thomas Krichel
Open Library Society

  1. Heart Lung Circ. 2019 Aug;pii: S1443-9506(19)30555-4. [Epub ahead of print]28(8): 1148-1153
    Gregory AT, Denniss AR.
      Embarking on conducting peer reviews for academic journals can present a new and exciting challenge for early career researchers. This article offers succinct guidance about peer review: not only "what to do" (the Good) but also "what not to do" (the Bad) and "what to never do" (the Ugly). It outlines models of peer review and provides an overview of types of reviewer bias, including conflict of interest. More recent developments in journal peer review, such as author-suggested reviewers as well as manipulation of the peer review process are also discussed. A new position of Editorial Fellow at Heart, Lung and Circulation will provide aspiring researchers the opportunity for multi-faceted involvement with peer review at the Journal.
    Keywords:  Conflict of Interest; Journalology; Peer Review; Reviewer Bias
  2. PLoS Comput Biol. 2019 Jun 24. 15(6): e1007128
    Himmelstein DS, Rubinetti V, Slochower DR, Hu D, Malladi VS, Greene CS, Gitter A.
      Open, collaborative research is a powerful paradigm that can immensely strengthen the scientific process by integrating broad and diverse expertise. However, traditional research and multi-author writing processes break down at scale. We present new software named Manubot, available at, to address the challenges of open scholarly writing. Manubot adopts the contribution workflow used by many large-scale open source software projects to enable collaborative authoring of scholarly manuscripts. With Manubot, manuscripts are written in Markdown and stored in a Git repository to precisely track changes over time. By hosting manuscript repositories publicly, such as on GitHub, multiple authors can simultaneously propose and review changes. A cloud service automatically evaluates proposed changes to catch errors. Publication with Manubot is continuous: When a manuscript's source changes, the rendered outputs are rebuilt and republished to a web page. Manubot automates bibliographic tasks by implementing citation by identifier, where users cite persistent identifiers (e.g. DOIs, PubMed IDs, ISBNs, URLs), whose metadata is then retrieved and converted to a user-specified style. Manubot modernizes publishing to align with the ideals of open science by making it transparent, reproducible, immediate, versioned, collaborative, and free of charge.
  3. Lancet. 2019 Jun 19. pii: S0140-6736(19)31470-9. [Epub ahead of print]
    Kiley R.
  4. Cardiovasc Res. 2019 Jun 26. pii: cvz141. [Epub ahead of print]
    Ladeiras-Lopes R, Small HY.
  5. Diagnostics (Basel). 2019 Jun 21. pii: E64. [Epub ahead of print]9(2):
    Kjaer A.
      It is with great pleasure we can announce that Diagnostics has received its first official impact factor, which has just been published in the 2018 edition of the Journal Citation Reports® [...].