Wiley launches new data sharing and citation policies

John Wiley and Sons, Inc. has launched the new data sharing and citation policies, which will be implemented in all the Wiley journals. The primary focus is enabling the researchers to reuse the experimental results as well as support the development of new work based on previous findings. These new data sharing policies will definitely improve the efficiency of the research processes with an intention to support the critical goals of transparency and reproducibility.

Reference Link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/wiley-announces-new-data-sharing-and-citation-policies-to-improve-transparency-in-research/

ASAS appoints Oxford University Press as its new publishing partner

The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) has announced Oxford University Press (OUP) as its new publishing partner, which will provide varied services comprising production, distribution, and marketing for three journals of ASAS Animal Science Collection. This agreement will be effective from January 1, 2018 and fits directly within the new ASAS Strategic Plan. This partnership aims at enhancing the visibility of the journal portfolios, continue to emphasize global expansion, and increase the society’s revenue to enhance membership services.

Reference Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-coal-mining-report-suppress-public-health-nature-journal-science-fossil-fuels-cimate-a7921821.html

Understanding the Structure and Purpose of Systematic Reviews

Defining systematic review:

A systematic review is a well-planned literature review that basically answers a focused research problem, with pre-defined inclusion and exclusion criteria.

Steps involved in systematic review:

The first step involved in drafting a systematic review is identification of the REAL research problem. For this you need to search for valid literatures dealing with your subject area and locate the research gaps in those studies. This will assist you in devising an appropriate research question. In general, researchers use the PICO framework to define the question scope. Its anatomic parts are as follows:

P-Problem/Population

I-Intervention

C-Comparison, and

O-Outcome

The second step involves setting the inclusion and exclusion criteria that will further determine which studies are you going to include in the systematic review. Here are few parameters that are taken into consideration while zeroing down on a relevant study:

– Population

– Study design

– Type of intervention

– Grouping

– Outcomes of the study, and so on.

Thirdly, you need to carry out the real work of spotting out those inclusive studies by taking help of databases, such as online libraries, online searches, and so on. Then simply insert this retrieved information into a reference manager, such as EndNote, Cite This For Me, Reference Generator, and so on.

The next approach will be to extract data from these studies by using a tool, software or excel sheet. This will assist the researcher in evaluating the study bias if any. For this, you can use a risk of bias tool, such as Cochrane tool, for assessment of potential study or sample bias.

Finally, the results have to be presented along with the methodology section, which includes the criteria of selection, strategies, and so on. A meta-analysis is done, if necessary. Future recommendations can also be cited in this section, regarding any change in the policy or clinical/non-clinical practice.

In this blog, we have tried to summarize the complete process of writing a systematic review in a uncomplicated manner, and along with this, we have also tried to explain the quality elements included in each step of systematic review.

Nature Research expanding its open access portfolio with three new additions

Nature Research in its attempt to increase the options for authors to choose open access publishing has added three new high quality, open access multidisciplinary journals: Communications Biology, Communications Chemistry and Communications Physics. The journals will be available online only.

Reference Link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/three-significant-new-additions-to-the-nature-research-open-access-portfolio-communications-biology-chemistry-and-physics/

De Gruyter to Digitally Archive 40,000 books by 2020

 

De Gruyter plans to digitize the entirety of its backlist from 1749. The final De Gruyter Book Archive will contain almost 40,000 titles, which will be available as ebooks and high-quality hardcover printed on-demand PODs.

Reference Link: https://www.degruyter.com/dg/newsitem/231/de-gruyter-book-archive-260-jahre-verlagsgeschichte-digital

Research has found that active component rich in sugarcane help having sound sleep

Scientists in the Japanese sleep institute have found in their research that active components rich in sugarcane and other natural products may ameliorate stress, thus helping in having sound sleep.

Reference Link: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20170905/Active-component-rich-in-sugarcane-may-ameliorate-stress-help-having-sound-sleep.aspx

Self-Archiving: A path to greater citation

As subscription and open access publication charges skyrocket, self-archiving has become the sought after mode for gaining high citations for research paper. This method of archiving allows the works of researchers to reach out to maximum number of people- peers in the research fraternity and also the common people. This helps maximize research impact by guaranteeing open access to all, regardless of their ability to pay.

What is self-archiving?

It is the practice of putting digital versions of scientific literature online making it freely available on the Internet for everyone to view. In other words, self-archiving makes your research widely visible, accessible, searchable, and useable, thereby increasing its reach and impact, and in the processing increasing the number of citations it receives.

When to self-archive?

Research paper can be self-archived either before the peer review process commences or after it has been peer reviewed and published.

Version of the paper printed before the peer review process begins is known as pre-print. Whereas refereed post-print is that version of the paper which is printed after the paper has been reviewed and published. All versions of papers available online are referred to as e-prints.

Where to self-archive?

Research articles can be self-archived in electronic repositories or on personal servers.

  • Institutional repositories: Many universities provide scholars from their institutions to upload there research online for their peers to have free access to their work.
  • Subject-based repositories: Some online repositories are subject specific and are every popular in that subject area. For example, PubMed for biomedical studies; arXiv most popularly for physics, mathematics, and computer science.
  • Personal servers: Researchers upload their work on their personal web pages or some social networking sites specially created for researchers like ResearchGate.

There are two ways of self-archiving- green open access and gold open access. Most journals now days are providing authors these methods to help them increase citations of their work. Self-archiving is considered the future of archiving of paper where the authors as well as readers can without paying exorbitant price share as well as access researches and get information about the latest development happening.

BSMMU signs MoU with BMJ and icddr,b

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with British Medical Journal (BMJ) and International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) with a goal to collaborate various research initiatives in the field of clinical sciences from a common institutional platform. The initiatives include sharing of facilities, knowledge and experience, assistance with clinical research, training and the preparation of research protocols, organizing workshops and scientific seminars to groom the future scientists and clinicians in order to tackle the unforeseen public health challenges.

Reference Link: http://www.dhakatribune.com/feature/health-wellness/2017/08/29/bsmmu-bmj-icddrb-mou-clinical/

Altmetric Badges integrated to EuroIntervention Journal

Europa Digital & Publishing announced the integration of Altmetric badges to the EuroIntervention Journal. These badges aid in providing a colourful, distinctive and instantly recognisable visualisation to help showcase the wider influence and dissemination of your published content. EuroIntervention aims at displaying the up-to-the minute insights on individual research outputs and assessing the reach and influence amongst a broader audience.

Reference Link: https://www.altmetric.com/press/press-releases/altmetric-badges-now-available-on-eurointervention-journal/

APA style: Author names

The American Psychological Association mainly developed the APA Style CENTRAL for academic institutions. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association APA (American Psychological Association) is most commonly used citation style used within the social sciences. This APA Citation Guide, revised according to the sixth edition of the APA manual, presents the standard format for in-text citations and the reference page. The APA style is most popular and used by many writers across the globe because it is simple and concise in comparison to the other style guides.

APA style has a number of key rules for using author names as part of the author-date system. Here are some common examples:

In-text citation

A Work by Two Authors: When citing a work by two authors, the APA style suggests naming both authors in the signal phrase or in the parentheses each time at all appearances in the text. The word “and” should be used between the authors’ names within the text and ampersand”&” must be used when the author names appear within the parentheses.

 

For instance: Study conducted by Rosemary and Paul (1997) supports…

(Rosemary & Paul, 1997)

References styling

The last names and initials must be used and the ampersand instead of “and.”

Paul, D. T., & Soll, R. E. (1996).Title of the study. Journal of XXXXX, 66, 1034-1048.

In-text citation

A Work by Three to Five Authors: The APA style requires that the authors be listed in the signal phrase or in parentheses on the first time the source is cited in the text. When cited in the text, the word “and” should be used between the authors’ names and ampersand should be used when cited within the  parentheses.

For instance: (Paul, Cornell, Soll, Springer, & Harlow, 2016)

In subsequent citations, only the first author’s last name followed by “et al.” should be mentioned in the signal phrase or in parentheses. the et al should never be followed by a period.

For instance: (Paul et al, 2016)

References styling

List by last names and initials. Commas must be used to separate author names and  the last author name is preceded again by ampersand.

Paul, M. H., Cornell, D. P., Soll, C. R., Mohanty, A., Harlow, T., & Bill, J. S. (1996). Title of the study. Journal of XXXX, 62, 1170-1304.

In-text citation

A work by Six or More Authors: Mention the first author’s name followed by et al. in the signal phrase or in parentheses.

For instance: Paul et al. (2001) argued…

(Paul et al., 2001)

References styling

List by last names and initials and commas must be used to separate author names. After the name of the sixth author, ellipses must be inserted in place of the author names. Then provide the name of the final author is written.

Kohli, F. H., Choi, M. J., Kaur, L. L., Desai, A. A., Sterling, J. A., Thomas, S. T., . . . Paul, L. H. (2009). Title of the study. Journal name, 57, 323-335.