October 21, 2010
Faculty of 1000 has Expanded its Coverage
Hopefully you were a regular user of Faculty of 1000 Biology – a great way to find out which articles “experts” in various biology fields have evaluated as “exceptional”, “must-reads”, or “recommended”! Faculty of 1000 has recently changed its name (dropped “Biology”) and expanded its subject coverage to include the medical disciplines. So, if you already are receiving alerts from F1000, you may want to revisit it to select additional areas of interest.
Try Faculty of 1000 out at:
You’ll find the main part of F1000 under the Evaluations link:
- Browse by subject area to see newly evaluated papers and those that have high F1000 Article Factors.
- Use the Advanced Search to find articles of particular interest, those published at a particular institution, those rated by a faculty evaluator, or published in a particular journal.
- Of course you’ll also want to see if any of YOUR articles have made it into F1000.
- Be sure to register for a MyF1000 account so you can request regular email alerts based on broad subject areas or your specific searches.
Other sections of F1000 include:
- Reports – peer-reviewed commentaries on emerging themes
- Posters – repository for posters from meetings – deposit yours or view others
- Magazine – The Scientist
Note: if you bookmark F1000 on campus, you can use http://f1000.com. Use the Library’s URL for accessing F1000 from off-campus.
Posted by Katie Newman at 3:52 PM
October 19, 2010
Former NIH Director Touts Benefits of Open Federal Science
Reposted from: http://www.ombwatch.org/node/11332
In the video, Varmus calls open access, or free online access to scientific papers, an "incredibly important development in the history of science." Open access, he says, "has changed science in a very beneficial way, saved money, and increased the quality of what we do."
Varmus currently serves as director of the National Cancer Institute, an institute of the NIH. He served as NIH director under President Clinton and formerly served as co-chair of President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. For his pioneering cancer research, Varmus received the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
As NIH director, Varmus laid the foundation for PubMed Central, a free repository of medical research hosted by NIH's National Library of Medicine. Today, NIH funds $31 billion in medical research. In 2007, Congress required that NIH-funded scientists post papers resulting from NIH funding on PubMed Central for free public access.
The Federal Research Public Access Act, now pending in the House and Senate, would expand that mandate to all federally-funded research. Introducing the bill in 2009 with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said, "Our legislation would give the American people greater access to the important scientific research they help fund, which will accelerate scientific discovery and innovation, while also making sure that funding is being spent appropriately to ensure taxpayers are receiving a return on their research investments."(Gavin Baker 10/18/10)
Posted by Katie Newman at 2:04 PM