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IEEE Statement on Appropriate Use of Bibliometric Indicators

November 19th, 2013 by Cathy

ieeeIEEE issued a Statement titled: “Appropriate Use of Bibliometric Indicators for the Assessment of Journals, Research Proposals, and Individuals.” Among the tenets in the statement are:

  1. The use of multiple complementary bibliometric indicators is fundamentally important to offer an appropriate, comprehensive, and balanced view of each journal in the space of scholarly publications.
  2. Any journal-based metric is not designed to capture qualities of individual papers, and must therefore not be used as a proxy for single-article quality or to evaluate individual scientists.
  3. The primary manner for assessment of either the scientific quality of a research project or of an individual scientist should be peer review, which will consider the scientific content as the most important aspect in addition to the publication expectations in the area, as well as the size and practice of the research community.

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NIH Podcasts

November 12th, 2013 by Cathy

NIH PodcastsThe NIH Center for Information Technology (CIT) makes special NIH events, seminars, and lectures available to viewers on the VideoCast website. A number of video and audio podcasts are available from the Videocast archives. Examples include:

  • Interviewing Basics
  • Grant Writing 101
  • Talking Science: Designing and Delivering Successful Oral Presentations
  • Creating and Presenting Dynamic Posters


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PubMed Commons: A New Forum

October 24th, 2013 by Cathy

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NCBI has released a pilot version of a new service in PubMed that allows researchers to post comments on individual PubMed abstracts. Called PubMed Commons, this service is an initiative of the NIH leadership in response to repeated requests by the scientific community for such a forum to be part of PubMed. For more information, see the NCBI blog post: PubMed Commons: A New Forum for Scientific Discourse.

PubMed Commons is currently in a closed pilot testing phase, which means that only invited participants can add and view comments in PubMed. The Joining PubMed Commons: A Step-by-Step Guide NCBI blog post provides guidance on how to join PubMed Commons.


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Nature Special Edition on Impact

October 17th, 2013 by Cathy

Nature released a special edition: Impact: The Search for the Science That Matters

One the articles in the special edition titled: “Impact: Pack a Punch,” by Amber Dance,  includes a recommendation to look at the mission statement of the funding agency to determine the definition of impact for a specific agency.

As follows are links to mission statements for several funding agencies:

And be sure to review the tips on how to stand out from the crowd (Box 1).


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Elsevier Announces Scopus Book Titles Expansion Program

October 11th, 2013 by Cathy

Elsevier announced that Scopus has indexed the first 7,500 book titles as part of its Book Titles Expansion program. By 2015, an estimated 75,000 book titles will be indexed.The inclusion of book titles adds to the more than 50 million records indexed by Scopus which are derived from 20,000 journals, 5.5 million conference proceedings and 390 trade publications.

Use the “Document Type” drop-down box to limit a search for books and book chapters.




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Getting the mix right for assessing research impact

October 9th, 2013 by Cathy

ConversationInteresting posting in The Conversation, “Getting the mix right for assessing research impact,” by John Kaldor, PhD.

Dr. Kaldor suggests the following:

1. Those applying for research funding should be allowed to cite journal impact factors for any publication less than two years old.

2. When asked to comment on their most impactful work, researchers should be explicitly reminded to report both citation counts and influence each paper had on practice or policy.

3. Leave early-career applicants in no doubt that, as much as their other contributions to academic life may be valued, they will be judged largely on how many papers they have published as first author – no matter where they were published or how many times they were cited.





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The A to Z of Social Media for Academia

October 3rd, 2013 by Cathy

Check out this thorough listing of social media tools to create or curate content created by Professor Andy Miah:

The A to Z of Social Media for Academia

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Public Access to Public Science (PAPS) Act Introduced

September 24th, 2013 by Cathy

Representatives. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) have introduced new legislation: Public Access to Public Science (PAPS). PAPS would ensure public access to published materials funded by the following federal science agencies:

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • National Weather Service (NWS).

PAPS builds on efforts noted in the OSTP Policy Memorandum.

For more information:


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NIH Launches Science Experts Network (SciENcv)

September 18th, 2013 by Cathy

Sci NIH launched a test version of Science Experts Network (SciENcv) which allows users to create an online professional profile to share with others. Information such as education, employment, research activities, publications, honors, grant awards, and other professional activities can be included in the SciENcv profile. In addition, the SciENcv profile allows users to note their ORCID iDs. ORCID provides a persistent and unique author identifier number for authors. For more information on ORCID, see: Tools for Authors/Establishing Your Name.

One nice feature is that an NIH Biographical Sketch can be automatically populated by the information noted in a SciENcv profile.  As stated in the NIH Notice, NOT-OD-13-114: Availability of a Test (Beta) Version of the Science Experts Network (SciENcv):

This new electronic system will enable researchers to easily assemble the information (including expertise, employment, education and professional accomplishments) to populate an NIH biographical sketch (biosketch).  Initially, the goal of SciENcv is to reduce the burden associated with creating and maintaining federal biosketches while accommodating the need to describe scientific contributions.

Users are encouraged to test SciENcv and provide feedback. To create a SciENcv profile, users should sign in to My NCBI.  A SciENcv profile will be automatically populated with information stored in an NIH Biographical Sketch for eRA Commons account holders who have linked their eRA account to My NCBI.

Feedback can be submitted by sending an email to: info@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov


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Do PMCIDs Need to Be Included in NIH Biosketches?

September 18th, 2013 by Cathy

Question for the Day: Do PMCIDs need to be included in NIH Biosketches?

Answer: Yes. Per NIH Policy page “For Sponsored Programs:

On all NIH applications, proposals and reports, PIs are to include the PMC reference number (PMCID) at the end of the full citation of all papers that fall under the Public Access Policy and are authored by them or arise from their NIH award. NIH expects institutions will not send NIH applications, proposals and reports that are inconsistent with the terms and conditions of their NIH awards.

NIH program staff check for compliance with the Policy in the same way that any institutional signing official can- they look for a PMCID at the end of each applicable citation. NIH staff pay particular attention to the progress report publication list and PI biosketches.

See also NOT-OD-08-119: Reminder Concerning Grantee Compliance with Public Access Policy and Related NIH Monitoring Activities for more information. Scroll to the bottom to view a chart of NIH documents.



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