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.
- The weird and wonderful world of academic Twitter
An old one but still funny. Glen Wright, from Academia Obscura, peeks inside a Pandora’s box of scholarly microblogging.I do my best proofreading after I hit send. — Shit Academics Say (@AcademicsSay) June 30, 2015
- The team that plays together don’t always stay together: the effect of departmental Christmas party attendance on team cohesion within a healthcare setting
[Suggested by: Richard Sands, Associate Publisher]
- X-rated embroidery, smashed chairs and snogging: Confessions from UK media holiday parties
“There was the time I returned to my chair at a Christmas party in a restaurant, post-Christmas pudding, and found that someone had carefully embroidered a genital expletive into my jacket, spelled out quite clearly, if not elegantly. Rather than an altercation, the effort generated a round of spontaneous applause — for the skills as well as the chutzpah”
- Is man flu real?
Read our much discussed
#BMJChristmas paper to find out or listen to the podcast.
Just to prove that we have been doing some work this week here are some more serious picks:
- The Creation of Pubtechgator’s Facebook Chatbot
Read about how we built Pubtechgator’s new Facebook Chatbot using Chatfuel [Suggested by: Dan, Editor, Digital Strategy Lead]
Simple decision-tree tool to facilitate author identification of reporting guidelines during submission: a before–after study
Research showing that the Penelope EQUATOR wizard helped authors identify the correct reporting guideline (although most authors still struggled). [Suggested by: Adrian, Editor, BMJ Open]
From snowflake to avalanche: Possibilities of using free citation data in libraries
Article from Philipp Zumstein about open citation initiatives and the DFG funded Linked Open Citation Database (LOC-DB) project. [Suggested by: Helen, Digital Strategy Lead]
- HUMAN VERSUS MACHINE
The story of how Martin Krzywinski, data visualisation artist and staff scientist at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre created the cover for Nature’s 10 using the output of a machine learning algorithm that solves the travelling salesman problem.
“Just one quarter of one percent of viewers determine what the rest of the site’s readers see—so don’t believe every trending content rating you see online.” [H/T: Overleaf]
Did you hear the news? Five innovative ways of implementing audio in newsrooms
Rundown of some recent experiments in digital audio news and podcasting by Sarah Toporoff [Suggested by: Helen, Digital Strategy Lead]
- Google sees consistent increase after lagging behind Facebook
[Suggested by: Ross Whistler, Product Manager – Student BMJ]
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