What we read this week (13 April 2018)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ’s Digital Group members. These are articles we’ve read and liked, things that made us think and things we couldn’t stop talking about.

The future of scientific article formats

Following on from James Somers excellent piece in the Atlantic about the future of scientific papers.  Luis Pedro Coelho has put together a more pessimistic, but probably more realistic, response suggesting that the future of the scientific papers is probably a PDF. In a slightly older post Björn Brembs outlines the seven functionalities that he thinks the scholarly literature should have. Björn makes some good suggestions and submission should be easier.  We did some experiments many years ago with a “people who read this article also read this” service but it was a flop. TrendMD’s more sophisticated recommendation algorithms work much better for BMJ. How to best support for TDM is something we would really like input from the community on.  Continue reading “What we read this week (13 April 2018)”

What we read this week (6 April 2018)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ’s Digital Group members. These are articles we’ve read and liked, things that made us think and things we couldn’t stop talking about.

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What we read this week (29 March 2018)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ’s Digital Group members. These are articles we’ve read and liked, things that made us think and things we couldn’t stop talking about.

  • preLights
    The Company of Biologists have launched their new biology preprint highlighting service, Prelights. They are keen to say that it is a community service, supported by the Company. They have a board of ‘Prelighters’ who are early career researchers who will pick and summarise preprints, adding a filter to the vast, increasing swathe of preprint literature. They will accept individuals or groups/journal clubs as Prelighters.
  • An Experimental Platform for Scholarly Article Recommendation
    “Though data quality issues mean few strong conclusions can be drawn, we did see evidence that the co-download algorithm results in a significantly higher click through rate (3.94%) over either of the EigenFactor algorithms (0.95% and 0.86%). It is, however, unclear why co-download performed nearly three times better, and this will be an area for future investigation.”
  • Hololens tech used in bowel cancer surgery
    Breaking the barriers to surgical education through MR – mixed reality. Surgeon Shafi Ahmed is pioneering the way in all the new realities; VR, AR and MR
  • Tech Talks featuring Sharon Cooper
    Sharon Cooper talking about how DevOps is making the BMJ safer
  • RA21
    Interesting backwards and forwards on Twitter about RA21 but with very little input from students and researchers about their thoughts. Is there a bit of a cultural divide here? In the UK aren’t (most?) students/academics already using this kind of system to access essential admin, course and library materials with data shared and tracked across multiple systems?
  • And finally, just because it’s Easter,  inside the Cadbury Easter Egg factory in Bournville:

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Tech Talks ft Sharon Cooper

Sharon is the CDO at the British Medical Journal, the print publishing arm of the British Medical Association. Previously she held the title of CTO, but she doesn’t have a software/engineering background. We chat about her challenge to digitise the organisation, and how DevOps is making the BMJ safer!

Patient partnership at The BMJ: Walking the talk

BMJ Open has just published our study looking at the proportion of studies reporting patient and public involvement (PPI) before and after The BMJ‘s mandatory requirement to do this for all research articles: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/8/3/e020452

Adrian Aldcroft,  Editor of BMJ Open, has published a blog on it here:
http://blogs.bmj.com/bmjopen/2018/03/23/new-requirements-for-patient-and-public-involvement-statements-in-bmjopen/

What we read this week (23 March 2018)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ’s Digital Group members. These are articles we’ve read and liked, things that made us think and things we couldn’t stop talking about. Check back every Friday for a new post.

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Interview with Trish Groves

Two MiRoR research fellows, Van Nguyen Thu (University Paris Descartes, France) and Ketevan Glonti (University of Split, Croatia) had the opportunity to interview Trish Groves, Director of Academic Outreach and Advocacy for BMJ, Editor in Chief of the online journal BMJ Open, and Honorary Deputy Editor of The BMJ.

Open peer review, data sharing, research misconduct, journal impact factors, patient involvement, are among the topics covered in this inspiring interview. 

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What we read this week (16 March 2018)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ’s Digital Group members. These are articles we’ve read and liked, things that made us think and things we couldn’t stop talking about. Check back every Friday for a new post.

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