BMJ and scite Partner to Increase Discoverability and Improve Reproducibility

Brooklyn, NY, October 28, 2019– scite, a Brooklyn-based startup founded in 2018, has partnered with BMJ, a leading healthcare knowledge provider founded in 1840. The partnership between the two companies will allow scite to increase the coverage of citation statements they index and will help BMJ increase the discoverability of their articles. Overall, the partnership aims to improve reproducibility in research by making it easier to identify if a scientific article has been supported or contradicted using scite.

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Announcing a new data visualisation competition in healthcare

A collaboration between The BMJ, Nuffield Trust, and NHS Digital, invite contributors to create data visualisations of routine NHS data, exploring the theme of inequalities. More info here on The BMJ website.

Entries are invited from data visualisation practitioners, whether professional, amateur, or in training. Further details about the competition, and the dataset provided by NHS Digital, can be accessed from the competition page at: The deadline for entries is 31 December 2019


Researcher / Author Engagement Product Manager

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and enthusiastic product manager to join BMJ on an initial 12 month contract based in central London.

BMJ wants to help medical researchers share their work with the world and to support them through the process of publishing their articles. We want to give researchers and authors the best experience of submitting, processing and publishing their work.

For that to happen we need you to develop a detailed and deep understanding of the needs of authors and reviewers, in order to advocate for them. To develop this understanding you’ll talk to authors, reviewers and funders of research and work with BMJ’s in-house user research, UX design, and data insights teams. You will develop innovative ideas for our authors’ experience that will reduce their workload and make BMJ the most attractive publisher for their research.

More info on LinkedIn.

Digital Sales Executive

As part of our digital advertising transformation, we are recruiting for a Digital Sales Executive to support our growth in direct advertising but also across programmatic and contextual. More info on LinkedIn.

What we read this week (4 October)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ Labs.


User experience

And finally…

  • Digital product agency MSCHF must have had fun building M-Journal. A website that will turn any Wikipedia article into a “real” academic article. [via @broderick]

What we read this week (30 August)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ Labs.

Research, data, publishing and promotion of research




  • Brittni Bowering on what happens after you run a design sprint –  Design sprints need iteration
    “An iteration sprint is a simplified version of the first design sprint week where we take all the feedback and insights from the user tests and make small (or big) changes to the idea. This gives us the time and framework to rework the solution and bring it closer to something that the target user would love to use. The outcomes were overwhelmingly positive—so now, these are a crucial part of our design sprint process.”
  • Also on design sprints Stéphane Cruchon looks at How to Make Design Sprints Work at Big Companies. “How, in this case, does one manage what comes after, and build on the positive energy of the Sprint? How to maintain that energy as everything becomes blurry, slow, bureaucratic again?” The proposed, interesting solution, is the design sprint quarter:
    The Design Sprint Quarter Timeline
  • More on design sprints in Jake Knapp’s newsletter.
  • Jeanne W. Ross, Cynthia M. Beath and Martin Mocker share some insights into how larger companies are managing ideas for innovation and learning in Creating Digital Offerings Customers Will Buy
  • NYCML Innovation Monitor considers the technological social responsibilities of companies: “The most important element of TSR: Management needs to take responsibility for technology’s impact on society at large. Once again, similarly to Corporate Social Responsbility, organizations must address the externalities of their technological decisions. They must staff C-suites accordingly and imbue this ethos at every level of the organization.”

Product Manager

We are looking for an experienced digital Product Manager to lead research and planning for developing BMJ’s open research publishing model, defining the strategic direction based on evidence generated from market intelligence, user and customer feedback.

Responsibilities include:

  • Defining the infrastructure and workflows to offer an end-to-end solution for open researchers that is attractive to authors, readers and funders
  • Meeting funder and researcher needs for:
  • greater openness throughout the research pathway
  • More credit to be given for interim and non-traditional research outputs
  • Wholly open workflows, alongside open access research publication
  • Ensuring BMJ’s open research offering is continuously evolved to generate value for its customers, readers and BMJ within the changing research landscape, understanding and articulating what this value is and setting KPIs to measure progress against them.
  • Explore options for switching from a ‘pay-to-read’ subscription-based business model to new, more transparent, payment models for open research


What we read this week (5 July)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ Labs.


Open Science


  • The bloxberg infrastructure, a secure global blockchain established by a consortium of leading research organizations to provide scientists with decentralized services worldwide, has launched. “The bloxberg Consortium aims to fosters collaboration among the global scientific community, empowering researchers with robust, autonomous services that transcend institutional boundaries. For example, with consented transactions on the bloxberg infrastructure, research claims need not be limited to one institution alone, but can be confirmed by the whole trusted network.”
  • BMJ’s Helen King has an excellent round-up of publishing related blockchain projects,  Blockchain in Publishing and Open Science, What’s the state of play?
  •  The Blockchain for Peer Review initiative and Publons are organizing a seminar to discuss the following:
    • Can we develop common standards in order to improve the transparency, efficiency, recognition and transportability of the peer review process?
    • What is the ideal technology and infrastructure to achieve that, and how can we prevent the duplication of effort? Is blockchain the preferred solution, or would we prefer centralized services? Or perhaps a combination of the two?

And finally…

John shares his take on what makes the difference between success and failure: “Objectives and Key Results, or OKRs, are a simple goal-setting system and they work for organizations, they work for teams, they even work for individuals. The objectives are what you want to have accomplished. The key results are how I’m going to get that done. Objectives. Key results. What and how. But here’s the truth: many of us are setting goals wrong, and most of us are not setting goals at all. A lot of organizations set objectives and meet them. They ship their sales, they introduce their new products, they make their numbers, but they lack a sense of purpose to inspire their teams.”

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