BMC Research Notes has launched a new article type in the form of data notes, as introduced by the journal’s editor, Dirk Krüger, in a recent blog. Data notes are … Continue Reading Data notes: a new initiative to improve data visibility
A group of experts from the medical communications and pharmaceutical industries has put together new guidance for the development of conference materials: Good Practice for Conference Abstracts and Presentations (GP-CAP). … Continue Reading New good practice guidance for conference abstracts and presentations
Last week (23–29 October) saw researchers, scientists and publication professionals from across the globe take part in the 10th annual International Open Access Week, with discussions taking place online (#openaccessweek) … Continue Reading Highlights of the 10th annual International Open Access Week
Open access and open source are cited as increasingly important alternatives to the traditional subscription models of academic publishing. While they represent very different approaches, both have the potential to … Continue Reading Open source publishing for all, or for investment?
Intimate in scale and in-depth in nature, the 17th Annual International Publication Planning Meeting represents a convergence of hot-button issues and unique networking opportunities, all in beautiful San Diego (February … Continue Reading Register now for the 17th Annual International Publication Planning Meeting
The importance of effective communication between researchers and the public is evident. Patients and the public are becoming increasingly engaged in research, clinical studies and treatment choices, and many major … Continue Reading Approaches to improve the quality of plain English in lay summaries
Researchers are increasingly expected to demonstrate the “scholarly impact” of their work, for career progression or for approval by funding bodies. As such, they may refer to Altmetric scores … Continue Reading Keep an open mind when assessing online research metrics
In an age of rapid sharing of online information, authors are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lengthy timeframes associated with scientific peer review. But what if artificial intelligence (AI) could … Continue Reading Is artificial intelligence the key to speedier peer review?
John Dixon, independent medical writer and trainer in scientific writing skills, assesses readability tools for screening biomedical text and their value to medical writers and editors. Recorded 4 October 2017 … Continue Reading [VIDEO] Readability tools: are they useful for medical writers?
Working with multiple authors to develop and submit a manuscript, while adhering to best practice guidelines, is a complex process. In a free webinar, provided by ICON plc, medical communications … Continue Reading [FREE WEBINAR] Evolving best practices for working with authors – authorship and beyond
Jan Seal-Roberts, Publishing Director at Adis, provides an update on predatory publishing and its risks. Recorded 4 October 2017 at a MedComms Networking event in Oxford. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv. Jan’s presentation (PDF format) is … Continue Reading [VIDEO] Predatory publishing: an update
Predatory journals and publishers are characterised by questionable, often unethical, publication practices. This was confirmed by results of a new survey-based study, which were presented at the 8th international congress … Continue Reading Authorship in exchange for payment: new study into predatory journals and publishers
Is self-citation getting out of control and do we need to keep a closer eye on it? A recent article suggests that it might be time for the creation of … Continue Reading Do we need to keep an eye on self-citation?
Sponsors of clinical trials are required to provide result summaries in a format that is understandable to laypersons, as outlined in the EU Clinical Trials Regulation 536/2014 (Article 37) (EU … Continue Reading Guidance and important steps to consider when writing lay summaries
Crossref is a not-for-profit organisation that interlinks a variety of online academic content including articles, conference proceedings and data sets using Digital Object Identifier (DOI) technology. By doing so it … Continue Reading Crossref to manage DOIs for peer review content
At the recent Eighth International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication, Harlan Krumholz a cardiologist from Yale, outlined MedArXiv, a forthcoming preprint server for the medicine and health sciences. … Continue Reading Will the medical community embrace a preprint server?