As Halloween begins, and night inevitably creeps closer, we’ve been scouring our open access research for the creepiest, weirdest, and grossest research we can get our claws into.
The world’s cutest vampire
The kodkod, also known as the guiña, is the smallest cat in the Americas. Not many people have heard of the kodkod, which seems to have stayed under the radar. While the kodkod looks not unlike your typical domestic cat (though perhaps with fluffier fur and rounder ears), it has a rather dramatic reputation, according to a recent study.
The people of Chile mostly regard the kodkod as a vampire. Not just a vampire, but a sadistic murderer, a demon, or a …
Posted on behalf of Shreeya Nanda, Deputy Editor for Biology and Medicine, BioMed Central
At this year’s BMC Day, the once-yearly company bonding event, we got to be citizen scientists, participating in projects ranging from classifying cancer cells on a computer screen to venturing out into the unknown (not really, it was just a park in Vauxhall) to categorise trees. For some, conducting scientific research was a novel experience, for others it probably brought back memories (hopefully not painful ones) of previous lives in laboratories. But I think I can safely say that for all of us, it was an interesting and rewarding experience.
Citizen science, as the name suggests, is scientific research conducted by amateurs and non-professionals, and as a concept …
Today is the beginning of Open Access Week, the theme this year is Redefining Impact. This can raise so many questions, what is impact? How has open access made an impact on society? Are there any articles that have had an effect on everyday life? Has the fact that an article is not behind a paywall allowed it to make a difference? To answer these questions and generate discussion we will be tweeting facts about open access articles having an impact throughout the week using the hashtag #imFact.
Why not join the discussion by tweeting an open access article that you think has had an impact? We will be collating all the tweets at the end of …
The 6th year of Open Access Week is fast approaching and we would like to tell you about some exciting events BioMed Central has planned to mark the week. Open Access Week is a global event to increase awareness of the benefits of open access publishing, and give people the opportunity to discuss and share their views on the topic.
BioMed Central publishes all research articles open access, employing the Creative Commons attribution licence, which makes research freely available for all to read, re-use and build upon. As of September 2013, all BioMed Central journals are also published under an Open Data policy (Creative Commons CC0 waiver), which allows free re-use and distribution of all published data without legal restrictions. We believe that removing …
Earlier this year, BMC Medicine launched the Medicine for Global Health article collection, which aims to explore public health initiatives, health care policies and economics, and research into the control and treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Specifically, factors affecting evidence-based medicine in resource-limited settings, have been discussed in a Forum article published this week in the journal.
Accessibility of research findings is vital to the progress of such work, and this is where open access publishing can play an important role in dissemination. The benefits of doing so has been highlighted in this short video by some of our Editorial Board Members. In addition, the growing focus on …
“Winning the BioMed Central Research Awards 2011 gave our article a boost… a little over a year after the paper was published, it had been viewed almost 4000 times. This is reflected in a high citation rate,” says Áine McKnight winner of the 2012 BioMed Central Research award.
Our Research Awards bring visibility to excellent articles and researchers published in BioMed Central journals. We want to hear what you think are the best articles published in 2013 in a BioMed Central journal, or an individual or institution you think has made a significant contribution to Open Access or Open Data?
If you want to nominate your favourite 2013 BioMed Central open access research article for 8th Annual …
In contrast to comparative research, case studies are individual reports related to the care and management of individual patients, and form the core of the namesake Journal of Medical Case Reports. While they are considered less rigorous than controlled clinical data involving larger samples sizes, and their anecdotal nature can lead to publication bias favouring rarer presentations, the persistence of case reports in the era of evidence-based medicine supports their value within the scientific method, particularly with the increasing focus on individualised care.
Most health professionals first encounter case reports during training; however, while many things in medical training are standardised, case reports are not. The EQUATOR network of guidelines on reporting health research has over …
“We spend a lot of time oiling and polishing this machine, but we have no idea if it’s working”. This quote succinctly summarizes how a lot of editors feel about the peer review process. It comes from Drummond Rennie, Deputy Editor of JAMA and an adjunct Professor of Medicine in the Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California in San Francisco, USA. To find out more about the internal workings of the machine, Drummond initiated research into peer review and founded the International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication in 1986. Every four years, this event brings together Researchers, Editors and Publishers to hear about, present and discuss all aspects of scientific publishing.
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