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Impact factor

6 Dec

Writing is a real pleasure.

Been read adds  a thrill to the exercice.

The link below links to a search engine where by typing your name in the search box you will find how many times a paper you have wrote has been quoted.


Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2016

20 Jan

Are We at a Tipping Point for Open Data?

18 Mar

Data sharing is on the rise, the French public health insurance shares openly its data as you can see in the link below:

Ten years after

19 Dec

Even ten years after, sound data are worth to be published. Below is an example. Actually a great Christmas story.

A Cochrane plenary session

30 Nov

Here below is a link toward an interesting talk which occurred at the 20th Cochrane Coloquium in New Zealand between September 30th and October 3rd of 2012.

It’s about connections

More videos of the conference are available here

Cochrane reviews constitute a precious  mean of disseminating the findings of the research in medicine. They pave the way for more evidence-based medicine in the practice of care.


2 May

A tremendous post on the question to know whether information technologies trump the scholarly publishing or whether the academic publishing subordinates itself to the information technologies. In my view the response is that both statements are true because the respective influence is not at all linear but instead pretty much interactive. As for the sponsored payments by the tobacco industry for author-paid open access publishing, the expression of concern is also relevant for the traditional publishing because private corporations can very well sponsor subscriptions in reader-paid publishing. The key point is the conflict of interest disclosure (which is perhaps more easy to uncover in the open access publishing where the payment is made on behalf of the author).

Blogs are growing faster than Facebook

15 Mar

Blogs are growing faster than Facebook

They are now 181 Million (while they were only 36 Million in 2006).

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Number of blogs tracked by NM Incite, from October 2006 to October 2011

In blogging, small is beautiful: indeed, my blog is small enough not to be bothered by having comments to delete or to moderate nor being invaded by a huge amount of censorship work (in fact I receive a very low amount of comments). In that sense a blog with a confidential audience is very easy to manage!

Other work consulted:

Research Works Act

7 Jan

Free access to publicly funded research

English: This is the first issue of California...

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How can people access freely to publicly funded research results?
From two things one: – either the government agencies buy the copyrights of privates scholarly publishers and then make available articles on governmental web sites
– or it publish himself the final reports or the intermediate or progress reports that the publicly funded researchers have produced.
But one thing for sure, since the recent “research works act” bill, the government or the federal agencies have no more the possibility to force or to mandate for free, by rule, the dissemination of the private scholarly publications issued from the peer reviewed journals.

A third possibility should be the government using the open access journals, but in that case instead of buying the copyrights afterward, federal agencies will be charged before the publication procedure.

Nevertheless, we have to keep in mind that the fundamental difference between a final report of a research work and a peer reviewed article issued from the same research work are: – the length (average length for a report: 60 pages vs 20 for an article), – the use of technical and complex words in the writing (because the articles are peer reviewed and aimed at the intention of a wider number of readers, mostly outside the institution, technical words and context have to be explained), – the transfer of responsibility in case of mistake or falsification of data (private publisher are eager to retract the article if a falsification or a conflict of interest is disclosed but will a federal agencies do the same?) and last but not least – scholarly publications are the products of multinational, world-wide expanded, globalised enterprises that are independent from the policy of a single state. And this must be seen as a guarantee of the independence of science from political pressure like, for example, the recent attempt by the US government to stop the publication by a Netherlander searchers team of their findings on the H5N1 flu virus mutation capacity (see here and here for more information).

Below are three references if you want to read more on the topic of the dissemination of research works:

1)My Argument for Public Access to Research Reports

2)Publishers Applaud “Research Works Act,”Bipartisan Legislation To End

Government Mandates on Private-Sector Scholarly Publishing

3)A BILLTo ensure the continued publication and integrity of peer-

reviewed research works by the private sector.

Bogus evidence

5 Jan

Full access to raw data becomes more and more necessary.

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The number of scientists which manipulate data increases tremendously, one solution could be the obligation to make raw data accessible on the internet. A second solution is to make mandatory the publication of all the randomized controlled trials that have been registered even if they conclude to less benefit or more harm for the studied innovative procedure. A third solution is to be very circumspect if the authors have already patented their own research topics. For example prostate cancer screening and lung cancer screening are two field of highly interesting the biomedical industry and associated with large amount of potential revenue.

The latest example is a Prostate cancer screening marker research which appeared to be entirely fake. Moreover the scientist involved had already sold the discovery to a bio engineering start-up. All that stuff ended up before a court, you can see a report of the lawsuit here. The lung cancer screening has become also a competition for X-ray industrials and searchers as you can see here.
When are at stake the academic glory, the economic greed and some time no more than just finding a job for a post doc searcher the pressure to publish always surpasses the sense of honour and the Hippocratic oath?
The BMJ journal has just been recently whistle-blowing the problem in a in-depth review of the question. Bogus evidences are not only dangerous for patients but also lead to unjustified health care spending deepening the nation debt crisis.
More information on the topic is findable below:

2011 in review

2 Jan

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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