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Curēus, an open-access medical journal with crowdsourcing

John Adler who is a neurosurgeon at Stanford just launched Curēus, an open-source medical journal that leverages crowdsourcing to make scientific research more readily available to the general public. What do you think?

Based in Palo Alto, California, Curēus is the medical journal for a new generation of both doctors AND patients. Leveraging the power of an online, crowd-sourced community platform, Curēus promotes medical research by offering tools that better serve and highlight the people who create it, resulting in better research, faster publication and easier access for everyone.

We make it easier and faster to publish your work – it’s always free and you retain the copyright. What’s more, the Curēus platform is designed to provide a place for physicians to build their digital CV anchored with their posters and papers.

Quartzy: Free lab management for life scientists

In the lab where I’m doing PhD in genetics had to purchase a lab management software in order to make these processes clear inside the lab. That’s why it’s a shame I only discovered Quartzy, a free lab management tool for life scientists, now.

Quartzy, a company founded by two Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons alumni, is garnering wide acceptance in the Life Science community. Quartzy is an online lab management tool that offers a new way to streamline the acquisition and cataloguing of reagents and other supplies that scientists need to conduct experiments. It also offers a standardized mechanism to organize laboratories and improve communication among scientists.

Science 2.0: New Community Site

I’ve recently come across Science 2.0, a new community site that doesn’t want to become a Facebook for scientists, but something different. Here is what Mark Hahnel, the founder, had in mind:

As you know, Science 2.0 is based on real time news and comments, which the users provide. Obviously, places like friend feed do exist and I don’t wish to take anything away from it. The idea of this place though, is a fluid evolving site, where users can suggest, edit or contribute in any way they wish. I’d really like to hear suggestions on what people would like to see, how we can answer the questions that science 2.0 poses collectively. I only started the site last week but the response has been great and the site has evolved quite a lot in a week due to user suggestions. There are several things I am working on in to develop the site, at the forefront of my mind is wikis.

Now it’s added to the extended list of Community Sites for Scientists and Physicians.

Sciyo.com: Free Science Books

I’ve recently come across Sciyo.com, where you can read, download and share thousands of free articles from exclusive Sciyo scientific journals and books database.

Publish with Sciyo open access academic publisher and join over 10 000 scientists from all corners of the globe. All journal papers and books published by Sciyo are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication. Publishing your work with Sciyo makes it accessible to a broader, world-wide audience. It increases its visibility and impact and creates a solid basis for the advancement of your academic career. All the while you retain the copyright of your work and the freedom to use it anyway you wish.

Webcam Laboratory

Webcam Laboratory offers a great way to teach students about science as it makes the whole process interactive and also interesting. It now has 4 functionalities: time lapse cam, kinematics, microscope and motion cam.

WebCam Laboratory allows you to observe things and phenomena that have always been there around you, but you haven’t had the chance to recognize them. Would you like to measure the depth of a Moon crater? The distance of a star or the length of a single-celled specie? Would you like to know how the circulation of the Sun changes, when the animals of the garden wake up, who tithe the nut in the basement or what kind of birds live around your house?

WebCam Laboratory is exactly what you need, if you are curious how your favorite plant grows day by day, how clouds form or swirl on the sky, or if you just want to see a whole day from the rise of the Sun until it sets.

And a few examples to see:

Peer Review 2.0

I’m really angry when I want to access a paper and has to pay for that. I totally understand that journals have to make money somehow but I don’t believe they cannot come up with a better business model in 2010.

Obviously open science is not just about open access but also making scientific processes automatic with online tools. Jean-Claude Bradley has always been a pioneer in this field:

SciPlore MindMapping

I’ve recently written about the paper Academic Search Engine Optimization in Google Scholar authored by Jöran Beel and now he shared the software he is developing with me. It integrates mind mapping with reference and PDF management.

Are you using mind mapping tools such as MindManager, FreeMind or XMind? And reference management tools such as JabRef, Endnote, or Zotero? And do you sometimes even create bookmark in PDFs? Then you should have a look at SciPlore MindMapping.

SciPlore MindMapping is the first mind mapping tool focusing on researchers’ needs by integrating mind mapping with reference and pdf management. SciPlore MindMapping offers all the features one would expect from a standard mind mapping software, plus the following features for researchers:

Adding Reference Keys Manually
Adding Reference Keys (BibTeX) Automatically
PDF Bookmark Import
Monitoring Folders for new PDFs

You can download the  tool here.

Grade Your Paper

When I write a manuscript and don’t know which journal I should choose, I always check what JANE (Journal Author Name Estimator) has to say. Now I also gave Pre-Grade Your Paper a try:

PaperRater.com is a free resource, developed and maintained by linguistics professionals and graduate students. PaperRater.com is used by schools and universities in over 46 countries to help students improve their writing.

PaperRater.com combines the power of natural language processing (NLP), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, information retrieval (IR), computational linguistics, data mining, and advanced pattern matching (APM). We offer the most powerful writing tool available on the internet today.

UPDATE: Be cautious when uploading documents for them as according to the Terms and Conditions you give them the right to use your documents.

New Nature.com iPhone application

Nature.com just released an iPhone application that lets you read the publications in e-book format.

What impact do posters have on academic knowledge transfer?

There is an interesting article in BMC Medical Education:

What impact do posters have on academic knowledge transfer? A pilot survey on author attitudes and experiences

Research knowledge is commonly facilitated at conferences via oral presentations, poster presentations and workshops. Current literature exploring the efficacy of academic posters is however limited. The purpose of this initial study was to explore the perceptions of academic poster presentation, together with its benefits and limitations as an effective mechanism for academic knowledge transfer and contribute to the available academic data.

This pilot study is the first to explore perceptions of the academic poster as a medium for knowledge transfer. Given that academic posters rely heavily on visual appeal and direct author interaction, the medium requires greater flexibility in their design to promote effective knowledge transfer. This paper introduces the concept of the IT-based ‘MediaPoster’ so as to address the issues raised within published literature and subsequently enhance knowledge-transfer within the field of academic medicine.

You may remember my post in which I presented an interactive poster platform. The solution was designed by SciVee.TV, an online scientific video site. Postercasts might solve this problem and could make posters available for those who couldn’t attend a specific conference.

You can present your work in a video and show some details through an interactive poster.

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