Monthly Archives: May 2016

Sharing clinical research data: the devil is in the details


Earlier this year the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) proposed it would require data sharing by authors within 6 months of publishing clinical trial reports. Sharing and connecting clinical research data and publications is central to a number of projects and journals at Springer Nature. Here, Iain Hrynaszkiewicz summarizes the key points of Springer Nature’s response to the proposals.

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A peerless review? Automating methodological and statistical review

Peer review

Peer review is the primary mechanism for ensuring the integrity of the published literature; however, it is a human system with all of a human’s fallibilities. Here Daniel Shanahan asks whether we could use text mining to automate some aspects of the peer review process to address some of its limitations, and introduces a new pilot to evaluate the software.

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Why grant application peer review needs you – and vice versa


Engaging in peer review of grant applications means helping ensure public money is spent as wisely as possible. The decision-making process is difficult, but with over 20 years of peer review experience Eleanor Riley explains what makes a good review and how everybody gains if everybody takes part. Originally posted on the Medical Research Council blog, read more to find out why grant application peer review is so important.

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More to science: working as the Chair of Nursing and Midwifery

Child after birth

Next in our ‘Science > Careers’ series, Section Editor for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth Cecily Begley, talks about the career path that led her to become the Chair of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin in light of it being International Day of the Midwife today. Slightly different to our previous posts in the series, Cecily moved from clinical to research as a way of helping expectant mothers in a different way.

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