As the debate about access to scientific data and research rumbles on, scientists across the globe are increasingly turning to illegally downloaded sources as one-stop repositories for scientific literature. As … Continue Reading Illegal downloads: copyright theft or promotion of science?
An interesting article from Kalev Leetaru looks at the reluctance of academia to join the open access insurgence. The concept of open access is gathering momentum at a phenomenal pace, … Continue Reading The reluctance of academia to join the open access age
Over 500 journals have endorsed the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) guidelines, a new scheme aiming to improve the transparency and reproducibility of published research. The guidelines consist of eight … Continue Reading How to simplify manuscript submission
Accurate reporting of data is an essential part of the research process. However, the misreporting of results in biomedical research publications, whether intentional or otherwise, can and does occur. This … Continue Reading Inappropriate image duplication found in 1 in 25 publications
Over the last 18 months, The BMJ and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have been working together to develop a comprehensive online self-study program entitled ‘Research to Publication’. … Continue Reading BMJ and UCSF launch ‘Research to Publication’ e-learning
Clinical trial data is often utilised for the purposes of clinical and health policy decision-making, with journal publications and registry reports the main sources for this information. Therefore, it is … Continue Reading Insufficient harms reporting: journal publications vs clinical study reports
The University of Cape Town are running a free online course (via Coursera) on the statistical concepts encountered in clinical research. Understanding the statistical approaches used by scientists to analyse … Continue Reading Free online course: “Understanding clinical research: behind the statistics”
Last week, Altmetric and MedComms Networking hosted a day-long seminar in London to discuss the use of alternative metrics for tracking engagement with industry-sponsored publications. The day kicked off with … Continue Reading Summary of Altmetric seminar: “Research with results: Tracking engagement for medcomms and pharma”
Since their foundation in the 17th century, medical journals have enabled communication amongst doctors and scientists and permitted the dissemination of medical knowledge. With thousands of titles available, covering all … Continue Reading Are medical journals fit for purpose in the modern world?
Open-access scientific literature is a hot topic that has been brought into the spotlight again recently, thanks to the current Dutch presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). … Continue Reading Europe makes key move towards open-access
As a prerequisite for publication of research, the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) requires registration of clinical trials and recommends this to editors of medical journals. Similarly, provision … Continue Reading Retrospective vs. prospective registration of clinical trials – what is the norm?
In a recent blog Dr Ben Goldacre, from Oxford University DataLab, describes the concept of OpenTrials, an open platform for locating and sharing all freely available data and documents from … Continue Reading OpenTrials: all clinical trial data in one place