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ResearchBlogging.Org 2.0

If you’ve gone to ResearchBlogging.org lately, you may have noticed that it’s been given a face-lift. Actually, it’s more than just a face-lift, as cofounder and president Dave Munger points out, including these new features: Multiple language support (and 30 new German-language bloggers!) Topic-specific RSS feeds Post-by-post tagging with topics and subtopics “Recover password” feature…

Back in October of 2007, Bloggers for Peer-Reviewed Research Reporting (BPR3) was launched in order to (one day) aggregate blog posts about the scientific literature on one site and to provide a universal icon to identify posts on peer-reviewed literature. Now BPR3 version 2.0 is out, manifested as Research Blogging.org. Go check out the new…

If so, you’ll be interested in today’s announcement from BPR3 (Bloggers for Peer-Reviewed Research Reporting): We’re pleased to announce that BPR3’s Blogging on Peer Reviewed Research icons are now ready to go! Anyone can use these icons to show when they’re making a serious post about peer-reviewed research, rather than just linking to a news…

General Thoughts on the NIH

I’ve been tagged by Hope for Pandora (who was tagged by DrugMonkey, who was tagged by Writedit) in a blog meme regarding the NIH’s request for feedback on its peer review system. I’m not huge into these blog memes, so I’m not going to pass this along to seven others, but I will share a…

Ah, So That’s How They Did It!

Anyone who has tried to replicate an experiment based on the description published in a paper knows that this can be difficult, frustrating, and often close to impossible. The protocols in the Methods section can be incomplete, even inaccurate, and sometimes lead the hopeful reader down a trail of never-ending references to previous papers, eventually…

Nature started it with its recently begun open peer review trial, and PLoS got on board with its own announcement of a new interactive journal, PLoS ONE. Now, The Daily Transcript reports that Cell has also joined the latest trend by allowing reader comments on some of its articles. What’s the catch? Comments will only…

Via Evolving Thoughts comes news that the Public Library of Science (PLoS) is starting a series of blogs to promote its recently announced interdisciplinary PLoS ONE journal. PLoS publishes several prestigious open access scientific journals and is now taking things a step further with a new journal that will, among other things, “empower the scientific…

One of the fundamental principles of modern science, as well as other academic pursuits, is peer review. By subjecting a submitted paper to evaluation by other scientists in the authors’ field, the solid science advances at the expense of the not-so-good and the interesting and relevant prevails above the unoriginal. In theory, of course. The…