On open access – practical issues

Upulie Divisekera, prolific tweeter and all-around awesome scientist, wanted to write a thing about open access and was nice enough to ask me for some help. The result, which you can find on Crikey and read for free, captures the costs of publishing and the avenues through which journal publishers make obscene operating profits. Long story … Continue reading On open access – practical issues

Of exceptional importance – connecting patients to research

For quite some time, I’ve been very interested in the disconnect between the research being undertaken and the questions that people (especially patients and doctors) need answered. There is a huge disconnect between the two. The NEJM has published a short piece on a very well-funded institute, The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which will … Continue reading Of exceptional importance – connecting patients to research

A competitive network theory of species diversity

That the most probable outcome is the coexistence of a large number of species. What more do you need to know? As in systems of culture, laws, ethnicity, species and probably many others, complexity is either maintained or increased over time. What I would like to know is: “what size perturbation is required to break … Continue reading A competitive network theory of species diversity

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.

Measuring only skin deep conflicts of interest won’t help

Conflicts of Interest in Cardiovascular Clinical Practice Guidelines In the most recent issue of Archives, a group of US researchers have analysed the cardiovascular clinical practice guidelines on which clinicians rely to make informed decisions about how best to treat patients. Conflicts of interest are contentious in this area because they are known to influence … Continue reading Measuring only skin deep conflicts of interest won’t help