How about a systematic review that writes itself?

Guy Tsafnat, me, Paul Glasziou and Enrico Coiera have written an editorial for the BMJ on the automation of systematic reviews. I helped a bit, but the clever analogy with the ticking machines from Player Piano fell out of Guy's brain. In the editorial, we covered the state-of-the-art in automating specific tasks in the process of synthesising … Continue reading How about a systematic review that writes itself?

Do pharmaceutical companies have too much influence over the evidence base?

Imagine you are a doctor and you have a patient sitting with you in your office. You have already diagnosed your patient with a condition. Treatment for this condition will definitely include prescribing the patient with one or more drugs. And, because the condition is quite common, there are several government-subsidised drugs from which you … Continue reading Do pharmaceutical companies have too much influence over the evidence base?

International collaboration tends to yield higher impact

International collaboration increases (via Research sans frontières : Nature News). This reminds me of some recent work looking at the effect of international collaboration on the prestige of publications - international collaboration tends to yield higher impact papers in higher impact journals.