The PLoS Medicine Editors, in the editorial for August 2007, focus on the role of qualitative methods in medical research. (We were promoted to write it having recently published another qualitative paper.) Our understanding is that it is now generally recognised that such methods do have an important role to play. Or have we got it all wrong; is there still a reluctance to accept that anything useful can be learned from research without numbers?
Archives for August 2007
Today PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases is thrilled to publish its very first set of what we like to call "sneak-preview" articles — articles that are published before the journal officially launches later this year. These two articles showcase the broad-reaching content that will be featured in PLoS' newest journal.
Over the past two months or so I have been repeatedly asked about the commenting, annotating and rating PLoS ONE articles. So, I decided to compile the most frequently asked questions and try to provide some answers. The list is by no means exhaustive so feel free to add more in the comments:
It's been almost four years since PLoS launched the first issue of its flagship journal, PLoS Biology, with the ambitious goal of publishing exceptional open-access research across the life sciences, from molecules to ecosystems. The skeptics argued that it just wasn’t possible, but our 14.1 impact factor (all problems with the impact factor duly noted) put the lie to that old argument.
SciVee is now open to the scientific community. SciVee allows scientists to upload a video or audio file and synchronize the video/audio to the content of their scientific paper. This is great for scientists that want to quickly summarize their research, engage the scientific community in discussions around an article and broaden the exposure of their publications.
There is a wonderful editorial in Nature this week which I have to share with you. Apparently Nature has been getting complaints about the fact that they continue to print verbatim their 1869 mission statement which talks about “scientific men”. Obviously this is causing female scientists to conclude that they can’t submit work to Nature and giving them a feeling of guilt if they read its content which is so clearly not meant for them. Typography to the rescue!
I’ve long believed that there are parallels between the global campaign for open access to the biomedical literature and the campaign for access to essential medicines.
Last week, the Web team launched the Advanced Browse functionality and a link to a larger view of the Featured Image on the ToC (*) on all AP hosted PLoS journals. Today, the web team launched a revised 3-column layout of the Biology, Medicine, Computational Biology, Genetics, and Pathogens home pages. The main goal of this redesign is to increase the emphasis given to editorial contents. This redesign is a direct result of a collaborative effort between the Web and Editorial teams, with Celine leading the web design and development.