Monthly Archives: April 2014

Contamination and the 1000 Genome Project

Human genome

According to a paper published today in BioData Mining, contamination of genomes from the 1000 Genome Project was found in a significant amount of raw data pulled from the project.  The author William Langdon analysed the available raw data from the project (50 billion DNA measurements) and found that some of the data did not… Read more »


Are there alternatives to peer review?


There are lots of discussions about peer review happening at the moment, it seems April is a busy month. My colleagues took part in peer review debates in London and Doha discussing innovations, and on Friday I was at a Sense about Science workshop called ‘Peer Review: The Nuts & Bolts’. The event was for… Read more »


And the winners are…

res award trophy

Each year the BioMed Central Research Awards recognize the best freely available open access research published within our journals. The awards acknowledge research excellence across all fields of biology and medicine and include an Open Data award, (sponsored by LabArchives) for its contribution to data sharing initiatives, and a Case Report award for the most… Read more »


Practical Action: a repository for the developing world


From the DuraSpace April Newsletter   Practical Action: a repository for the developing world Open Repository is delighted to announce an agreement with the Practical Action Group to build and host their institutional repository.  Practical Action is a large international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. Open Repository will… Read more »

Open Access Technology

Are journals ready to abolish peer review?

Panel discussing peer review

Scientific journal publishing has undergone significant changes in the last couple of decades with the digital revolution and the rise of open access journals. However, the process of manuscript peer review remains essentially the same as it was in the age of typewriters, even if we now do it by email rather than by post…. Read more »