Tagged: scientific literature

Thoughts on scientific abstracts also a science writing check-list - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 02, 2012

I would strongly encourage research students, scientists and science writers to read Noah Gray’s excellent piece at the Huffington Post science section. Titled Abstract Science, it takes apart the key elements of good scientific abstracts. Those that write science for general readers, including on blogs, should read it too. In breaking down his example abstract … Read More

Outreach sections for research papers? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Sep 17, 2012

Chris Gunter and Anne Osterrieder in writing A modest proposal for an outreach section in scientific publications (in Genome Biology) suggested: We propose that scientific publications include a short section, akin to the acknowledgments at the end, which lists several outreach activities related to the paper. These could be new resources that the authors have created, or … Read More

Forward to wikipedia – topic pages in computational biology - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 04, 2012

The PLoS (Public Library of Science) journal Computational Biology has offered it’s first Topic Page, Circular permutations in proteins,* along with a short editorial introducing the Topic Page concept. Basically, authors write a wikipedia-style review of a topic that is reviewed and accepted by the journal, then forwarded to wikipedia to become a ‘living’ … Read More

Elsevier withdraws support for the Research Works Act - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 28, 2012

The Research Works Act raised concerns that it threatened the NIH open-access policy and statements from many organisations expression opposition to it. Elsevier emerged as one of the key players behind the act. Tonight Elsevier has put up a web page withdrawing their support for the Research Works Act. One would hope that this … Read More

ISCB response to Research Works Act HR-3699 - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 22, 2012

Below is the response from the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) to the Research Works Act (HR-3699) bill that threatens the NIH open-access policy. An earlier article on this same issue on this blog links to a few of the early commentaries on-line. Since then has branched out, drawing very wide commentary … Read More