Beyond the Impact Factor – The Rising Popularity of Altmetrics

The journal impact factor (IF) is the most ubiquitous metric used to evaluate research nowadays. It is a measure of the average number of citations a paper published in a given journal has received over a two-year period. It is calculated by Thomson Reuters, and is published yearly in the Journal Citation Reports.

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Six aspects to consider when choosing a bibliographic reference manager.

Fiddling with citations and organizing an ever-growing number of files can be a source of great distress for researchers. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Reference management software, or reference managers (RMs), are intended to facilitate these tasks.

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Should I Publish Open-Access? Things to Consider

 

The traditional publishing industry underwent a paradigm shift over the last decade, an expected outcome of the internet accessibility worldwide. With the steady increase in the number, and quality, of open access (OA) journals, many researchers are left wondering whether they should go that route or not. When deciding whether to make one’s research OA, it is important to consider the advantages and disadvantages, as well as the different avenues for OA publishing.

Advantages and Disadvantages of OA publication

There are many advantages to OA publication, which are summarized in the following three points: 阅读更多

Why Publish in English?

In the early twentieth century, scientific publications in French, German and English were held in the same regard internationally. After World War II, the United States government began a major economic expansion that allowed it to become the richest and most influential country in the world. This gave the English language further prominence in many fields, including scientific research.

Leading scientific organisations have a clear preference for material published in English. At present, English is considered the international language of science, technology, commerce and communications, enabling physicians and researchers from around the world to communicate and share knowledge. 阅读更多

Why perform a meta-analysis?

A meta-analysis is a powerful statistical procedure for combining and comparing data from multiple studies that have all tested a particular hypothesis with the objective of identifying patterns among the results. The meta-analysis can then be used for a variety of purposes: 阅读更多

New tool helps authors find the right reporting guideline for their manuscript

Reporting guidelines help and guide authors in the preparation and accurate reporting of research studies, e.g., CONSORT for randomized trials, STROBE for observational studies, PRISMA for systematic reviews, STARD for diagnostic accuracy studies, and CARE for case reports. Editors of biomedical journals will often ask authors to provide evidence that they used and adhered to the appropriate reporting guidelines, and may ask for guideline specific checklists during submission, and include guideline flow diagrams in the published manuscript (e.g., CONSORT, PRISMA, STARD). Journal editors, reviewers, and readers use these guidelines as a tool in assessing the quality and reliability of reported research. Many guidelines have been developed for different study types, and it is important that authors identify and implement the correct guidelines for their research.

The EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) network is 阅读更多

5 Reasons to use medical editing services

Many research proposals are rejected even before they have a chance to become full research papers. Many reasons for rejection are easily avoidable, and can be overcome with a little effort. Take a look at how medical editing services can help your research proposal and manuscript get accepted. 阅读更多