Condemning Predatory Journals/Publishers: Nature

This week’s Nature has run yet another publication condemning the evil of predatory publication. However, there is a twist in the tale as the authors have found that authors from high-income countries also publish in these journals quite often! A group of authors spent a whole year combing through 2000 articles published in 200 potentially predatory journals. Since Jeffrey Beall’s list was taken down, it … Continue reading Condemning Predatory Journals/Publishers: Nature

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#VisualAbstracts: Humans, Bats, Trees, Culture and Nipah Virus Transmission

A recent publication in the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal talks about the factors related to the emergence of zoonotic infections. They have studied Nipah virus infections in man. This is another effort to bring visual abstracts for infectious disease publications of interest to me. The abstract of the paper: Preventing emergence of new zoonotic viruses depends on understanding determinants for human risk. Nipah virus … Continue reading #VisualAbstracts: Humans, Bats, Trees, Culture and Nipah Virus Transmission

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Penis Transplantation (Source: NY Times)

Penile Transplantation: No, this is not Spam mail – this is real!

Anyone with an email account has received tips on how to augment their male anatomy. And while this might sound like content right out of such an email, it is, in fact, not so! A patient in South Africa received an allotransplanted penis, after he suffered tissue loss due to a botched traditional ritual circumcision which led to gangrene. In a case report published in … Continue reading Penile Transplantation: No, this is not Spam mail – this is real!

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Visual Abstract: Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness in USA (2015-2016)

This week’s NEJM has published the results from the Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network’s estimates of the effectiveness of the influenza vaccines in the United States of America in 2015-2016. The paper highlights some interesting details and I thought it would be a good chance to try out using the paper to jot down a visual abstract format. As an avid reader of the Controversies in … Continue reading Visual Abstract: Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness in USA (2015-2016)

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Predatory Open Access: Part 3 – Research Spoofs and Publication Faux-Pas

Ever since the Science paper came out earlier this week, the world of academia has been a-flutter with excitement and controlled outrage. In the midst of all this, I decided to do a series of posts examining the situation at hand. This is the third and concluding portion of the series and prior to this: Predatory Open Access: Part 1 – A Sting Op and Indictment of … Continue reading Predatory Open Access: Part 3 – Research Spoofs and Publication Faux-Pas

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Predatory Open Access: Part 2 – Peer Review in OA and Ethics of “Sting Op Research”

Ever since the Science article about a sting operation to reveal the murky business that goes on in the name of Open Access journals came out, the academic world has been thrown into a tizzy. I decided to do a series of posts exploring the issue of predatory open access and the issues surrounding them. The first post in this series can be found here: Predatory Open Access: … Continue reading Predatory Open Access: Part 2 – Peer Review in OA and Ethics of “Sting Op Research”

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Predatory Open Access: Part 1 – A Sting Op and Indictment of the OA Model

In the last couple of days, an article from Science has literally gone viral in the scientific circles. It is yet another indictment of what Jeffrey Beall has termed as Predatory Open Access. In a series of posts, I shall comment on this issue. In the first post of this series, I talk about briefly regarding the Science article that is making such waves. In the subsequent posts, … Continue reading Predatory Open Access: Part 1 – A Sting Op and Indictment of the OA Model

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