In recognition of World AIDS Day (December 1, 2007) this week's issue of PLoS Medicine includes several noteworthy papers on HIV diagnosis, prevention and treatment, including research articles, commentaries and an editorial titled "HIV Treatment Proceeds as Prevention Research Confounds."
Archives for November 2007
After all the coverage lavished on Nigel the Nigersaurus last week we were a little worried that this week’s crop of papers in PLoS ONE would be unfairly overlooked. That would be a great shame as there are lots of good papers published this week. Two are particularly ‘media friendly’ but which will prove the more popular?
Last week’s PLoS ONE article Structural Extremes in a Cretaceous Dinosaur has received a huge and positive response by the news media and bloggers. The story was featured on the radio, on NPR’s Morning Edition (‘Mesozoic Cow’ Rises from the Sahara Desert) and on television, on ABC’s Good Morning America.
As of this writing, Google has registered 583 news reports and 1,855 blog posts about Nigersaurus (only three of which, unfortunately, were trackbacked to the article itself). Under the fold is a choice collection of links to some of the most interesting reports and blog posts, but this should not stop you from adding your ratings, discussions and annotations to the article itself.
Editors rarely have much to delight them on cold Friday mornings in Cambridgeshire so here at PLoS-UK HQ there was a frisson of excitement over Ben Goldacre’s latest blog. It seems faintly ridiculous that around 50 years after the first properly randomized trials were done (and please don’t quote me on specifics here, because I’m not a trials historian – check out the James Lind Library if you want more precision), anyone has to defend the importance of scientific rigour, appropriate controls, and dispassionate appraisal of all the available evidence. And yet with respect to the practice of homeopathy, someone has to go to the trouble of laying out the basic principles of evidence-based medicine: just read the blog to find out why.
PLoS ONE published a paper today. This might not sound very unusual but today is Thursday and PLoS ONE papers are usually published on a Wednesday (or to be precise late Tuesday in time for Wednesday). This paper however is a special case.
Panel discussions on the future of scientific publishing
Part of our role at the Public Library of Science (known as PLoS), the non profit open-access scientific and medical publisher, is to let you know about other collaborative sites, which, like PLoS ONE, encourage dialogue and progress through participatory tools such as rating and annotation of the freely accessible content.
The building blocks of patents, which are the life blood of new products and processes, frequently lie in replicable scientific and medical research, which PLoS rapidly makes available to the world.
We’d like to take this opportunity get you up-to-speed with the Peer-to-Patent pilot, an initiative of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and New York Law School, which opens the patent examination process to participation and collaboration for the first time for the benefit of the public (not just the inventor).
Here’s a great quote about the reasons for establishing the project from Beth Noveck, the founder of the project, from this scene-setting paper that she wrote: "There is a crisis of patent quality. Patents are being issued that are vague and overbroad, lack novelty, and fail the constitutional mandate "[t]o promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts." The number of patent applications filed in the US is increasing every year and the hope is that the granting of non-meritorious patents, that are a liability to the owner and the public, can be reduced.
Peer to Patent wants you to participate. No prior patent experience necessary.
Interested in the intersection between health and human rights? A new book on this topic has been published online, and the scope is impressive: maternal mortality, social determinants of health, neglected diseases, mental health, and global politics.
Roll Credits: Sometimes the Authorship Byline Isn’t Enough. Guest Blog by Michael Molla and Tim Gardner.
These guest bloggers propose an authoring system for scientific papers inspired by the film industry.