The BMC-series 2012 in review: BMC in the Blogosphere

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Over the past week, we’ve been bringing you a summary of what happened in the BMC-series over the last 12 months. Today, we look back at some guest blogs from last year:

BMC in the Blogosphere

As well as bringing you up to date with the latest research and policies from the BMC-series, we’ve also tried to bring you some perspectives from outside the series, via a number of guest blogs by some of our authors and editors:

In  May, Nils Gehlenborg, a Research Associate at the Center for Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, outlined a summary of Highlights of the 1st IEEE Symposium on Biological Data Visualization (BioVis 2011)a collection of articles from a symposium designed to address the growing need for visualization tools to gain insight into large and complex data sets.

Fig 1 Rehman et al 2012 BMC Microbio 12, 47In July, a guest blog from Emma Trantham from the Bristol Veterinary School explained the thinking behind a fortnightly Twitter-based journal club, including a guide to the basics of the Twitterverse for anyone new to the micro-blogging format. That same week, an article in BMC Microbiology went under the microscope…

In September, BMC Pediatrics launched a call for papers on the topic of Quality Improvement in Neonatal Care. Here,  Section Editor for the journal Dr. David Paul explains why these types of studies are so important, and why the journal wants to publish them.

October saw Dr Linda Emanuel, Section Editor for BMC Palliative Care,  discuss her research teams’ work investigating the important implications of hospital chaplaincy services in a palliative care setting

In November, Dr Valéry Ridde, Associate Editor for BMC Health Services Research, describes a recent workshop he hosted on skills-building in scientific presentation and scientific writing. The workshop was held at the at the Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Beijing, and aims to help researchers effectively communicate their findings in an increasingly globalised world.

Open Access logo_wikipedia ccFinally, December saw Josh Drew, a lecturer in marine conservation biology at Columbia University, offer a personal perspective on Open Access publishing from a researcher’s point of view – including an explanation of “Why I publish Open Access”.

 

And finally, next up tomorrow: BMC in the community