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Best Slideshow about Open Access

Have you ever wondered what the problems of publishing science are, how to solve these and what exactly open access means? Martin Fenner will answer all of your questions:

Describing PLoS Medicine through Videos

Ginny Barbour, Chief Editor for PLoS Medicine talks about the beginnings and day to day operation of an online open access medical journal.

Cameron Neylon discusses how article-level metrics can make online research easier (I’ve recently covered – (HONcode certified) -this issue):

Other videos were also published:

Huge Steps in Changing Science

Even if I will have the last exam in medical school in August, I’ve already started PhD in genetics and I’m about to finish my first manuscript so I have to face some scientific publishing issues nowadays.  Here are 3 things that might change the future of scientific publishing.

  • Journal Finder: It’s extremely hard to determine which journal you should send your manuscript to. ResearchGATE just came up with a solution, the Journal Finder. You insert keywords or your entire abstract and it gives you some tips on which journal to contact.

journal finder

  • Article of the Future by The Cell: A new structure for scientific articles with integrated audio and video interview; real-time reference analyses, clickable areas on figures, etc.

cell future article

  • Article-Level Metrics at PLoS: The metric should be the article (new concept at PLoS), and not the source (Impact factors work like that) as scientists want their work to be judged by the quality of the publication and not by the journal it was published in. Real-time incoming link and citations.

plos metric

Nature’s role in e-Science: Second Life conference LIVE

Another day with live blogging, but this time from the Scifoo lives on Second Life conference session, where we’ll talk about‘s role in e-Science. Enjoy and join us here!

Live Coverage starts (Second Life time):

  • 8:25: Everything seems to be ready! We’ll start exactly at 9:00 (or 17:00 GMT). Here is a funny welcome image with Adastar Galsworthy:


  • 8:40: You may remember our first Scifoo lives on session that took place on the 20th of August. Emile Petrone talked about, a knowledge community for researchers to connect, communicate and collaborate. Now Emile told us they closed the site and started a new project. It’s good to be informed.
  • 8:45: Joanna Scott, the owner of the Second Nature island is with us as well. More and more people are coming…


  • 8:58: About a dozen attendees are here. We should start the session in some minutes. Come and join!
  • 9:02: Kick-off! Matt Brown will be the first speaker and he focuses on Nature Network. He has a weird avatar:


  • 9:07: I’ve always wanted to know why Nature Network is better (if it is) than WordPress or Blogger. “They’re getting about 1000 new scientists a month signing up on NN, but tens of thousands more regularly browse it.”
  • 9:09: Emile Pintens: Are you looking to move into other disciplines? Outside of the life sciences? … Matt: Really, we’re trying to cover the whole of science from physics to maths to biology.
  • 9:10: Richard Akerman asked a great question: say a research organisation … a research council wanted to subscribe all of it’s members – any cost? something to discuss offline?
  • 9:11: The answer is they’re working on it…
  • 9:14: The next speaker is Ian Mulvany from


  • 9:20: Connotea “is is somewhere between being an online social bookmark manager and an online social reference manager. The goal is to create a tool that allows the researcher to stay on top of the literature.”
  • 9:24: Connotea is going to be integrated into Nature Network. Wow! As Emile pointed out we all have to follow the guideline 1 site to rule them all.
  • 9:26: They have “a little over 60,000 people request an account, but less than that use it regularly”. What a number!
  • 9:28: According to Ian Mulvany, they have something in the region of 300,000 bookmarks with citation data, and more if you roll in non citation bookmarks… + 1.2 million tags!
  • 9:30: I asked him what he thinks about the recently launched 2collab. And the answer of the day is: i don’t think any one service is going to capture the market, and as a result i think it’s important for all of these services to find a way to share data and api calls, otherwise we will do a disservice to our useres
  • 9:32: Here is the page for Medicine 2.0 tag on Connotea.

A panorama image of us:


  • 9:36: We move on to Hilary Spencer from Nature Precedings. She talked about her project back in August, in the first sesison. Nature Precedings is a site for “Pre-publication research and preliminary findings”.
  • 9:40: I remember that last time we tried to find out where is the border between review and peer-review.


  • 9:46: Hilary: Nature Precedings is a place to store pieces of scientific communication in a way that allows them to be easily shared, referenced, and found by other researchers. We accept submissions in biology, medicine, chemistry and the earth sciences (except for clinical medicine).
  • 9:49: They also include collaborative “web 2.0”-like features. Like commenting directly on papers; a feature called “vote to promote” (kind of like the voting on Digg); tag-based classification; RSS feeds and e-mail alerts.
  • 9:53: Ricardo Vidal always has a great question: By using nature precedings does it bind the documents in any way to Nature? The answer is No, papers in Precedings receive a Creative Commons 3.0 license.
  • 9:56: I just subscribed to the Genetics channel of Precedings. It’s going to be useful to follow.
  • 9:58: I’m a bit surprised. They “only” have about 240 documents on the site. I thought they had many more.
  • 10:03: It’s not peer-reviewed, but moderated to keep things within guidelines.
  • 10:06: Helen Jaques is here on behalf of Nature Clinical Practice. Helen King couldn’t make it. She talks about Dissect Medicine.


  • 10:11: 642 users in total in 2006. I asked her how Dissect Medicine is different from Biowizard.
  • 10:14: Now some words about Nature Clinical Practice. As it seems to be involved in medical education, I’m curious whether they’d be interested in organizing medical educational exercises in Second Life.
  • 10:23: That’s all folks! It’s been great to hear the thoughts of the guys at I hope we got closer to understand Nature’s role in e-Science.

See you next time! Check out the transcript at the official page.

Live Coverage Ends

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Nature’s role in e-Science: Second Life conference on Monday!

It’s my pleasure to announce that a new Scifoo lives on session will take place on the Second Nature island at 17:00 GMT on Monday, December 10. You can teleport there. The idea is based on my 10 Reasons Why Nature is the Best in Science 2.0 post.


Several members of the Nature group will attend and give slideshows about their projects:.

Poster #25 Matt Brown: Nature Network
Poster #25 Ian Mulvany: Connotea
Poster #27 Hillary Spencer: Nature Precedings
Poster #28 Helen King: Dissect Medicine

Everbody is warmly invited!

BioMed Central launched a YouTube Channel

BioMed Central has recently made a big step towards web 2.0. The new YouTube Channel of Biomed Central is a perfect example which, I hope, will be followed by other open access journals as well. A screenshot from their blog:


We aim to include as many videos as possible relating to BioMed Central, so if you have created a video about an article you have recently published, or on open access issues in general, please upload it to YouTube and send us the link so we can add it to the channel.

BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate open access to peer-reviewed biomedical research.

All original research articles published by BioMed Central are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication. BioMed Central views open access to research as essential in order to ensure the rapid and efficient communication of research findings.

Do you happen to know other interesting, medicine/science-related YouTube channels?


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