Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: Bird watchers have themselves to thank (and here is why you should thank them too)

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Like any parent, I get a lot of questions from my kids that only an encyclopedia could properly answer. I got away with being vague when they were young: “What plant is this?” they would ask, as if they were …

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Policy Design and Implementation Monitoring for Open Access

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We know that those Open Access policies that work are the ones that have teeth. Both institutional and funder policies work better when tied to reporting requirements. The success of the University of Liege in filling its repository is in …

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Why ICART, a New Research Center in the D.R.Congo, is Needed

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An International Center for Advanced Research and Training (ICART) has been launched in Panzi, Bukavu, in the South-Kivu Province of the DR Congo. This province has suffered many wars over decades and is trying to recover. ICART is organizing its

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This week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about the evolution of symbiosis, the role of Epstein-Barr virus in disease and the neural correlates of social status in macaques.


Epstein-Barr Virus: a Smoking Gun? 

In a …

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Article-Level Metrics Highlight: Top 10 of the Summer

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summerHaving just published our 100,000th article, the staff at PLOS ONE realizes that easily finding research papers among our wide selection is very important to our diverse community. This is one reason we’ve now joined forces with the PLOS

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How Much of Your Genome Is Functional?

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On the 24th of July, 2014 PLOS Genetics published an article entitled: “8.2% of the Human Genome Is Constrained: Variation in Rates of Turnover across Functional Element Classes in the Human Lineage”. Two weeks later the article …

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Summer Highlights

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For folk who are interested in the ways that art and science relate to one another, this has been a wonderful summer to live in or pass through London. So without further ado, here are some of the highlights, all …

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Visceral leishmaniasis-HIV coinfection: Time for Concerted Action

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As PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases launches its Visceral Leishmaniasis-HIV Collection, Johan van Griensven discusses the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to tackling VL-HIV co-infection.

In 2013, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases decided to dedicate a special collection to VL-HIV co-infection. With …

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Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: A Tide of Citizen Science History Revisited

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After sharknado 2, shark week, and Thiel’s review of the impacts and promises of citizen science for marine research, here is a second (historic) post about historic citizen science in the marine environment (originally at Scientific American).…

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Open to positive feedback

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I’m extremely happy to say that on the 1st October I’ll be taking up a lectureship at the Open University!

I’ll be sad to leave Bristol. I’ve spent all my years as a climate scientist there, ever since those running …

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