bims-skolko Biomed News
on Scholarly communication
Issue of 2019‒08‒25
fifteen papers selected by
Thomas Krichel
Open Library Society

  1. Clin Chem Lab Med. 2019 Aug 20. pii: /j/cclm.ahead-of-print/cclm-2019-0798/cclm-2019-0798.xml. [Epub ahead of print]
    Fiala C, Lim B, Diamandis EP.
    Keywords:  open access journals; predatory journals; predatory publishing; scientific publishing
  2. Nature. 2019 Aug;572(7770): 439
    Beaumont LJ.
    Keywords:  Peer review; Publishing
  3. J Cell Biol. 2019 Aug 22. pii: jcb.201906207. [Epub ahead of print]
    Marat A.
      We interviewed our Early Career Advisory Board to learn about their experiences finding their academic position and managing a new laboratory, and their views on peer review and scientific publishing. An excerpted version is presented here and all other responses are found in the supplemental material.
  4. OTO Open. 2019 Jul-Sep;3(3):3(3): 2473974X19861567
    Fagan JJ.
      Accessing educational and scientific material is key to improving otolaryngology care in developing countries. Yet current financial models of publishers restrict access to academic information. This article describes the author's experience with self-publishing 2 open access textbooks, Open Access Atlas of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Operative Surgery and Open Access Guide to Audiology and Hearing Aids for Otolaryngologists, as well as the African Head and Neck Society (AfHNS) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Head and Neck Cancer in Developing Countries and Limited Resource Settings. The author outlines the simplicity, advantages, and popularity of this form of publication and why societies and individuals should embrace open access publishing to benefit especially those studying and practicing in developing countries. He discusses some of the challenges related to open access publishing and calls for medical societies to become involved in evaluating the quality of open access texts and videos for their members.
    Keywords:  ENT; audiology; developing world; guidelines; medical; open access; otolaryngology; publishing; surgery atlas
  5. Med J Aust. 2019 Aug;211(4): 167-168
    Gee CE, Talley Ac NJ.
    Keywords:  Journalism, medical; Publishing
  6. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2019 Aug 21. 264 1248-1252
    Kuballa S, Schulze M, Mielke C, Taddicken M, Haux R.
      Open Access provides researchers another opportunity of publishing, besides the traditional publication in subscription-based journals. Providing higher dissemination and therefore visibility as well as better accessibility, among others, Open Access helps to fulfil changed needs of authors and readers in our information and communication society of today. Though this publication model provides a lot of advantages both for readers and authors, there are also some obstacles. In order to identify the incentives that can lead scientists of medical informatics to an Open-Access-publication, we conducted a study consisting of group discussions, interviews, and surveys. This tripartite evaluation starts in its first part with group discussions and interviews. First results of them show that, among others, the higher visibility, indexing, Impact Factor and better accessibility are factors for an Open-Access-publication.
    Keywords:  Focus Groups; Motivation; Open Access Publishing
  7. Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz. 2019 ;pii: S0074-02762019000100851. [Epub ahead of print]114 e190257
    Coelho FC, Brandão A.
      We present a decentralised solution for managing scientific communication, based on distributed ledger technologies, also called blockchains. The proposed system aims to solve incentive problems displayed by traditional systems in scientific communication and publication. A minimal working model is presented, defining roles, processes, and expected results from the novel system. The proposed solution is viable, given the current status of blockchain technology, and should lead to a rethinking of current practices and their consequences for scientific communication.
  8. Nature. 2019 Aug;572(7770): 417
    Rohn J.
    Keywords:  Careers; Lab life; Peer review
  9. Eur Radiol. 2019 Aug 19.
    Alkhawtani RHM, Kwee TC, Kwee RM.
      OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether there is a difference in citation rate between open access and subscription access articles in the field of radiology.METHODS: This study included consecutive original articles published online in European Radiology. Pearson χ2, Fisher's exact, and Mann-Whitney U tests were used to assess for any differences between open access and subscription access articles. Linear regression analysis was performed to determine the association between open access publishing and citation rate, adjusted for continent of origin, subspeciality, study findings in article title, number of authors, number of references, length of the article, and number of days the article has been online. In a secondary analysis, we determined the association between open access and number of downloads and shares.
    RESULTS: A total of 500 original studies, of which 86 (17.2%) were open access and 414 (82.8%) were subscription access articles, were included. Articles from Europe or North America were significantly more frequently published open access (p = 0.024 and p = 0.001), while articles with corresponding authors from Asia were significantly less frequently published open access (p < 0.001). In adjusted linear regression analysis, open access articles were significantly more frequently cited (beta coefficient = 3.588, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.668 to 6.508, p = 0.016), downloaded (beta coefficient = 759.801, 95% CI 630.917 to 888.685, p < 0.001), and shared (beta coefficient = 0.748, 95% CI 0.124 to 1.372, p = 0.019) than subscription access articles (beta coefficient = 3.94, 95% confidence interval 1.44 to 6.44, p = 0.002).
    CONCLUSION: Open access publishing is independently associated with an increased citation, download, and share rate in the field of radiology.
    KEY POINTS: • A minority of articles are currently published open access in European Radiology. • European and North American authors tend to publish more open access articles than Asian authors. • Open access publishing seems to offer an independent advantage in terms of citation, download, and share rate.
    Keywords:  Bibliometrics; Open access publishing; Radiology
  10. Med J Aust. 2019 Aug;211(4): 151-152.e1
    Barbour V.
    Keywords:  Politics; Publishing
  11. Emerg Med J. 2019 Sep;36(9): 518-519
    Weber EJ.
    Keywords:  ethics; publication; research, methods
  12. Nature. 2019 Aug;572(7771): 683
    Amsen E.
    Keywords:  Careers; Communication; Culture
  13. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2019 Aug 21. 264 93-97
    Dhoju S, Rony MMU, Kabir MA, Hassan N.
      Media outlets play crucial roles in disseminating health information. Previous studies have examined how health journalism is practiced by reliable and unreliable media outlets. However, most of the existing works are conducted over a relatively small set of samples. In this study, we investigate a large collection (about 30 thousand) of health-related news articles which were published by 29 reliable and 20 unreliable media outlets and identify several differences in health journalism practice. Our analysis shows that there are significant structural, topical, and semantic disparities in the way reliable and unreliable media outlets conduct health journalism. We argue, in this age of 'fake news', these findings will be useful to combat online health disinformation.
    Keywords:  Health Communication