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June 5, 2007

Broad Impact: Refreshing Your Statistics Knowledge

Have you discovered Faculty of 1000 Biology, yet? It's a great tool for discovering hidden gems and important papers in particular areas. I like to think of it as a really good student advisory committee that selects, recommends, and critiques the top "must read" articles in all areas of Biology!

Here's a news blurb from BioMed Central, the publisher of F1000:

Five Faculty of 1000 Biology members have recently singled out an Exceptional Broad Impact paper that is of high relevance to researchers in all fields of Biology, as it provides guidance to biologists for navigating the often tricky world of data representation -- in particular the use of error bars.

"This paper should be read by anyone who is trying to present experimental data graphically." comments David Stephens (University of Bristol, UK), Faculty of 1000 Biology member for Cell Biology.

Andy Groves (House Ear Institute, USA), a Faculty of 1000 Biology member for Developmental Biology goes on to say "This wonderful article clearly explains how experimental variation is measured and displayed, and describes how different kinds of error bars can mean very different things. This paper is a must read for every scientist who thinks that triplicate plates from a single experiment counts as n=3 !!!!!"

"Personally, I have filed the pdf in a safe place, and I plan to consult it every time I send a graph for publication." concludes Etienne Joly (CNRS, France), a Faculty of 1000 Biology Member for Immunology.

The Faculty of 1000 Biology structure makes it possible to identify papers of broad interest, irrespective of the journal in which they are published. Go to the Faculty of 1000 Biology website to see the full comments of all the evaluating Faculty Members on this Exceptional Broad Impact paper.

Posted by Katie Newman at June 5, 2007 10:21 AM