Rethinking the way we publish

In two weeks (15th September, 2011) there will be a webinar on the above topic:

“The scientific publishing world is witnessing rapid change, especially in the speed-of-light world of genetics and genomics. You are invited to join Professor Andre van Wijnen, Editor-in-Chief of GENE and Bart Wacek, Publisher (Elsevier), together with the wider genetics community to discuss how authors, reviewers, and editors can not only benefit from, but contribute to, the editorial process.”

See here for details and registration.

I’m looking forward to discuss the integration / linking of (hu-uh-UUge) datasets with publications in a reusable way. Let’s face it, often data reveals its worth only quite some time after publication.  Armed with new hypothesis or methods, other researchers come up with questions and uses for existing data that the scientists who did the original experiments and measurements just could not have anticipated ahead of time. Embracing Open Data offers a technical solution to data integration. The crux of a healthy publication system is in giving credit – I’m not sure if in the long run citations alone are the right incentive to keep the “data-producers” happy. Usually, after a few high profile publications the cherries are picked and the rest of the community is left to feed of the crumbs. Which makes them usually turn to other topics, and leaves the field in a shambolic state. For example, I am convinced with existing screening technologies we could have covered systematically at least a “backbone” of all protein-protein interactions in human during the last 5 years. Are we there yet? Aeeh, nope. I guess the story will be similar to sequencing, where the yeast genome was completed several years before the draft of of the human came out. Now that the yeast interactome seems to be nearing completion, will a “draft of the human interactome” take another 5 years? I am not sure if that’s too optimistic, but hey, I am confident we get there before I retire. That’s about a quarter of a century to go, no worries.

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  1. #1 by cistronic on 2011/12/12 - 00:08

    This looks interesting: Annotum
    Scholarly authoring and publishing platform built on WordPress

    http://crowdfavorite.com/portfolio/annotum/

  2. #2 by cistronic on 2011/12/12 - 00:15

    Opening up the peer review process :
    Here at PaperCritic, we find that science should be as open as possible and that everyone should be able to review each other’s work, not just the elected few. This is why PaperCritic now offers researchers a way of obtaining and providing feedback for each others work in a fully open and transparent environment. Join now and experience new heights of scientific collaboration!
    http://www.papercritic.com/

  3. #3 by cistronic on 2012/10/03 - 19:59

    Tweeted by Larry Hunter (@ProfLHunter)
    Really interesting report from a Harvard workshop on credit & metrics as scientific communication changes http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/attribution_workshop/files/iwcsa_report_final_18sept12.pdf

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