News and notes for biology, May 2016

Preprints in the news:

  • Preprints for the life sciences in Science 20 May 2016: Vol. 352, Issue 6288, pp. 899-901 DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf9133
  • A Reboot of the Legendary Physics Site ArXiv Could Shape Open Science by Sarah Scoles in Wired; reports on the arXiv survey I email to many biofolk last month
  • PrePub Med This may not be new but I just learned about it this month. it indexes preprints for articles which may eventually be in PubMed from arXiv q-bio, PeerJ Preprints, Figshare, bioRxiv, and F1000Research. Articles are not stored on PrePubMed, but you will be linked to the article at the respective site.
  • New tool from Univ. of Pittsburgh with a similar purpose: Search.bioPreprint. Searches arXiv (Quantitative Biology), bioRxiv, F1000Research, PeerJ Preprints.

This 3 minute video about digitizing at Smithsonian herbarium may interest some of you: Smithsonian Digitization: Impact of Digitizing Botany Collection.

WU Libraries Launch Beta Technology Loan Program – some of these might be useful or fun to try

Reproducibility: Reality check on reproducibility A survey of Nature readers revealed a high level of concern about the problem of irreproducible results. Researchers, funders and journals need to work together to make research more reliable. Editorial in Nature about this survey result:
1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility: Survey sheds light on the ‘crisis’ rocking research, by Monya Baker in Nature
See also What does research reproducibility mean?, by Steven N. Goodman, Daniele Fanelli and John P. A. Ioannidis in Science Translational Medicine
Thanks to Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus for the links listed in What does scientific reproducibility mean, anyway?

Posts on Scholarly Communications @ WU Libraries in May:

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Ruth is a librarian at Washington University for biology, math, history of science; she is also scholarly communications coordinator. Email: Phone: 314-935-4819