This January saw Hawaii host the 15th Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB), and it was there that PLoS Computational Biology launched its fledgling venture ‘PLoS Conference Postcards’. We invited graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to send us a virtual Postcard and let us know what they found particularly scientifically exciting about PSB. We are pleased to announce that we have just published some of these unique perspectives, giving those not at the conference a flavour of what it was like.
Archives for April 2010
Since we launched Article-Level Metrics in March 2009, we've been keeping a watchful eye on our online usage data. We look for anomalies, investigate them and clean them up. This ongoing process is essential to preserve the integrity of the data and is painstaking work, but thankfully we've been ably assisted by our community who we encourage to report issues by sending a note to email@example.com.
In the April 18th TWiV podcast, Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Dickson Despommier, and Rich Condit discuss a recent PLoS Pathogens article concerning the connection between cold weather fronts and outbreaks of avian H5N1 influenza in Europe, "Spatial and Temporal Association of Outbreaks of H5N1 Influenza Virus Infection in Wild Birds with the 0°C Isotherm". Also discussed in the week's podcast – treating arthritis with a tanapox virus protein, and the Darwinian evolution of prions in cell culture.
All supporters of public access to research are asked to ACT NOW to support the Federal Research Public Access Act (HR 5037). This bill was introduced yesterday into the US House of Representatives, and would ensure free online access to the published results of research funded by 11 US federal agencies.
Last night, we hooked up a new search server to the PLoS journal websites and now search queries are returning results at blazing fast speeds. Now that the new search server is in place, we’re working on a complete UI overhaul for search. We should complete the development in a few weeks and launch the much-improved search UI in May.