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Publishing and funding

Ian Mulvany
March 18, 2014

Publishing and funding

Ian Mulvany

March 18, 2014
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  1. Publishing
    and
    Funding
    @IanMulvany
    Head of Technology - eLife
    DGZ, Regensburg, 2014-03-18

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  2. • a bit about eLife
    • how to improve your impact factor
    • the future of “impact”
    • what to focus on when you publish - and why you might
    consider eLife

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  3. elifesciences.org

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  4. Airplane icon designed by Nolan Paparelli on the @NounProject.

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  5. flickr: gromgull

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  6. This is the best
    time in history to
    do science

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  7. and the worst
    time in history to
    be a scientist

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  8. • http://blog.mendeley.com/academic-life/are-
    there-too-many-phds/

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  9. For, to be silent about Your Most Serene
    Highness's ancestors to whose eternal glory the
    monuments of all histories testify, Your virtue
    alone, Great Hero, can by Your name, impart
    immortality to these stars
    !
    http://www.medici.org/exhibitions/galileo-
    1610
    (the telescope may prove useful, but to explore future possibilities
    we recommend that more funding be applied)

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  10. slide via Graham Steel

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  11. flickr: kwbridge

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  12. 28,100
    1800000
    Ware, Mark, and Michael Mabe. 2009. “The Stm Report
    Journals Publishing” (September).

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  13. IF = C(y-1) + C(y-2)
    A(y-1) + A(y-2)

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  14. photo: flickr - scottandress

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  15. IF = C(y-1) + C(y-2)
    A(y-1) + A(y-2)

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  16. Acta Crystallographica - Section A


    IF in 2008 = 2.0
    IF in 2009 = 49.9


    !
    The dramatic rise was due to
    a single article cited over
    6,700 times! Without this
    article, the IF would have
    remained < 3.0!


    via Abd Karim Alias [email protected]

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  17. International
    Journal of
    Nonlinear
    Science and
    Numerical
    Simulations
    Arnold, Douglas N., and Kristine K. Fowler. 2010. “Nefarious Numbers”. History and Overview;
    Digital Libraries (October 1): 5. http://arxiv.org/abs/1010.0278.

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  18. the point that a journal’s IF (an arithmetic mean) is almost
    useless as a predictor of the likely citations to any particular
    paper in that journal
    Kravitz, Dwight J., and Chris I. Baker.
    2011. “Toward a New Model of Scientific
    Publishing: Discussion and a Proposal.”
    Frontiers in Computational
    Neuroscience 5 (December): 1–12. doi:
    10.3389/fncom.2011.00055. http://
    www.frontiersin.org/
    Computational_Neuroscience/10.3389/
    fncom.2011.00055/abstract.
    “Deciphering Impact Factors.” 2003. Nature Neuroscience 6 (8) (August): 783–783. doi:10.1038/nn0803-783.
    http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/nn0803-783.

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  19. Seglen, P O. 1997. “Why the Impact Factor of Journals Should Not Be Used for
    Evaluating Research.” BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.) 314 (7079): 498–502.

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  20. IF = C(y-1) + C(y-2)
    A(y-1) + A(y-2)

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  21. Brembs, Björn, Katherine Button, and Marcus Munafò. 2013. “Deep Impact: Unintended Consequences of
    Journal Rank.” Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7 (January): 291. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00291. http://
    www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=3690355&tool=pmcentrez&rendertype=abstract.

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  22. When it comes time to evaluating
    faculty, most people do not have or
    care to take the time to read the
    articles any more!
    Garfield, Eugene. 2005. “The Agony and the Ecstasy — the
    History and Meaning of the Journal Impact Factor.” Journal of
    Biological Chemistry 295 (1): 1–22. http://
    garfield.library.upenn.edu/papers/jifchicago2005.pdf.

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  23. Lozano, George a, Vincent Lariviere, and Yves Gingras. 2012. “The Weakening Relationship
    between the Impact Factor and Papers’ Citations in the Digital Age.” Arxiv Preprint
    arXiv12054328 8: 14. doi:10.1002/asi.22731. http://arxiv.org/abs/1205.4328.

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  24. For unto every one that hath shall be given,
    and he shall have abundance: but from him
    that hath not shall be taken even that which he
    hath.
    Matthew 25:29, King James Bible

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  25. Democracy is the worst form of government, except for
    all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

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  26. Bollen, Johan, Herbert
    Van de Sompel, Aric
    Hagberg, Luis
    Bettencourt, Ryan Chute,
    Marko a Rodriguez, and
    Lyudmila Balakireva.
    2009. “Clickstream Data
    Yields High-Resolution
    Maps of Science.” PloS
    One 4 (3): e4803. doi:
    10.1371/journal.pone.
    0004803. http://
    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
    pubmed/19277205.

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  27. Bollen, Johan, Herbert Van De Sompel, Aric Hagberg, Ryan Chute, Prototyping Team, Los
    Alamos National, Mathematical Modeling, and Analysis Group. 2009. “A Principal Component
    Analysis of 39 Scientific Impact Measures.” Methods: 1–19. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.
    0006022.

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  28. Adler, Robert, John Ewing, and Peter Taylor. 2009. “Citation Statistics.” Statistical Science 24 (1) (February): 1–
    14. doi:10.1214/09-STS285. http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1255009002.
    flickr: jessica wilson {jek in the box}

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  29. one of the minor mysteries of our time is
    why so many scientifically sophisticated
    people give so much credence to a
    procedure that is so obviously flawed
    “Deciphering Impact Factors.” 2003. Nature Neuroscience 6 (8) (August): 783–783. doi:10.1038/nn0803-783.
    http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/nn0803-783.

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  30. !
    ▪ If you include journal impact factors in the list of
    publications in your cv, you are statistically illiterate.
    !
    ▪ If you are judging grant or promotion applications and
    find yourself scanning the applicant’s publications,
    checking off the impact factors, you are statistically
    illiterate.
    !
    ▪ If you publish a journal that trumpets its impact factor in
    adverts or emails, you are statistically illiterate. (If you
    trumpet that impact factor to three decimal places, there
    is little hope for you.)
    !
    ▪ If you see someone else using impact factors and make
    no attempt at correction, you connive at statistical
    illiteracy.
    • Stephen Curry

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  31. A new hope
    flickr: mac_filko

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  32. Lozano, George a, Vincent Lariviere, and Yves Gingras. 2012. “The Weakening Relationship
    between the Impact Factor and Papers’ Citations in the Digital Age.” Arxiv Preprint
    arXiv12054328 8: 14. doi:10.1002/asi.22731. http://arxiv.org/abs/1205.4328.

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  33. • Sarigöl, Emre, and René Pfitzner. “Predicting Scientific
    Success Based on Coauthorship Networks”: 1–21.

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  34. http://am.ascb.org/dora/

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  35. Journal level
    Alternative
    Article level
    Impact factor
    Title
    Editorial board
    H 5 index
    Eigenfactor
    !
    Citations Data sets
    Data reuse
    Data downloads
    Data citation
    Software
    Reviewing
    Tools built
    Grant revenue
    PhDs supervised
    Course materials
    Patents
    Government service
    !
    Downloads
    Mendeley readers
    Tweets
    Facebook likes
    Citeulike bookmarks
    Betweenness centrality
    F1000 score
    Wikipedia citations
    News mentions
    Lay summaries
    Length spent reading
    Annotation density
    Readership demographic

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  36. flickr: 24263322@N05

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  37. $200 billion (an astonishing 85% of the
    world’s spending on medical research)
    was squandered on studies that were
    flawed in their design, redundant, never
    published or poorly reported
    The Lancet - via the economist 2014-03-15

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  38. sharelatex writelatex publons authorea zenodo figshare
    fidus wrtier publons pubpeer kudos iPython papership
    shazino github paperscape scholastica peej elife
    pubchase sciencescape experiment.com sholar.ly
    sparrho altmetric.com plum-analytics impactstory
    scienceexchange

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  39. http://myscicareer.com

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  40. the best time in
    history to be an
    ex-scientist

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  41. • Publish as fast as possible
    • Publish in a venue that you respect
    • Publish in a venue that is not going to make
    arbitrary decisions about your paper
    • Make your work open access
    Efficiency

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  42. v1
    50
    Media policy 2
    20
    Cover letter and
    single PDF
    Swift triage
    process by
    Senior Editors
    Full submission
    BRE member
    plus external
    reviewer(s)
    Decision after
    peer review
    Revision
    assessed by BRE
    member
    Consultation
    Single decision letter

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  43. v1
    Single set of instructions – focused
    revision
    Limit rounds of revision
    Reduced times from submission 

    to acceptance
    !
    No “3rd” reviewer problem

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  44. Yeah, ok but what is eLife’s
    Impact Factor?

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  45. flickr: twicepix

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  46. Picture of the room

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  47. Submit Now!
    submit.elifesciences.org

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  48. bit.ly/IFSucks

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  49. he published little of import between insulin in 1952 and his first
    paper on RNA sequencing in 1967 with another long gap until DNA
    sequencing in 1977
    - Sydney Brenner

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  50. says he has … published fewer than 10 papers
    after his groundbreaking work … was published
    in 1964.
    • http://www.theguardian.com/science/
    2013/dec/06/peter-higgs-boson-
    academic-system

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