As the month of September is coming to a close, and the topic of the month in PLoS ONE is bats, we decided to end the focus with a Journal Club.
Archives for September 2008
PLoS (in the form of myself) took a little time off last week to attend the press opening of the California Academy of Sciences, and got a sneak peek of their brand new, completely re-designed, and all-around very shiny aquarium, natural history museum, and planetarium.
The US has its Office of Research Integrity (ORI), and many Nordic countries (for example, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden) have national bodies that respond to cases of scientific misconduct; but the UK, and very many other countries, have nothing similar. Now the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) has released guidance about what to do in cases of suspected research misconduct for “all organisations engaged in research using funds from funders such as the Research Councils and other government bodies, as well as from charities, overseas funding bodies and the commercial sector”. A PDF copy of the guidance can be downloaded here (PDF file).
Every month, PLoS ONE focuses on a particular topic where we publish a significant volume of work. This month we are focusing on Bat research which broadly falls into 2 categories, Physiology/Behaviour and Disease/Epidemiology – we have analyzed our top papers in the field in terms of viewing patterns, citations and media/blog coverage.
We need in medical academia to care more about quality than prestige: The quality of our research, of our publication and dissemination goals, of the impact of our work, and of our hiring and promotion decisions. So instead of “Publish or Perish,” perhaps our mantra ought to be “Quality or Quit.”