Jon Udell wrote a blog February 9th, 2018 he named Preserving comments from PubMed central about PubMed announced discontinuation of PubMed comments because it wasn´t used enough (only 6.000 articles of the 28 millions had gotten comments).
In the blog https://web.hypothes.is/blog/archiving-pmc-comments/ Jon Udell tell how they did build a tool to extract comments from an article and then being able to sync it across different copies of it at journal websites, PubMed and PubMedCentral. I hope this development will go on and will also get to the repositories.
You can browse here the comments they did extract from PubMed, they are all filtered by PubMedCommonsArchive tag which they added to every annotation when they did import it. They also tagged each comment with unique PMID of related document. And now everyone can browse and search all comments by using a PMID tag.
At the end of the blog Jon Udell say :
“In our strong opinion, all article feedback, commenting, review or other collaboration systems should as quickly as possible adopt W3C standards for web annotation, so that we can begin to move towards an integrated and open framework for engagement across scientific and scholarly literature.”
Interesting post from Editage Insights with a step-by-step guide to creating a journal publication schedule. It was first posted in 2013 but refreshed January 30, 2018. I recommend reading it. The url is https://www.editage.com/insights/how-to-create-a-publication-schedule-and-why
editage Insights made this nice APA style cheat sheet about how to cite a journal article using APA style.
See the pdf: https://www.editage.com/insights/sites/default/files/APA%20Style%20cheat%20sheet%20-%20How%20to%20cite%20a%20journal%20article%20using%20APA%20Style.pdf
And here is the url to the website where it is interactive, https://www.editage.com/insights/apa-style-cheat-sheet-how-to-cite-a-journal-article-using-apa-style#. You need to sign up with editage Insights if you want to download it from this site. I think it is worth it thought, now I do get a lot of nice stuff sent from them to my email.
I was glad to see that the National and University Library of Iceland did sign November 9, 2017, the open access 2020 express of interest in the large-scale implementation of open access to scholarly journals
The text following is from that website:
With this statement, we express our interest in establishing an international initiative for the OA transformation of scholarly journals, and we agree upon the following key aspects:
- We aim to transform a majority of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to OA publishing in accordance with community-specific publication preferences. At the same time, we continue to support new and improved forms of OA publishing.
- We will pursue this transformation process by converting resources currently spent on journal subscriptions into funds to support sustainable OA business models. Accordingly, we intend to re-organize the underlying cash flows, to establish transparency with regard to costs and potential savings, and to adopt mechanisms to avoid undue publication barriers.
- We invite all parties involved in scholarly publishing, in particular universities, research institutions, funders, libraries, and publishers to collaborate on a swift and efficient transition for the benefit of scholarship and society at large.
DOAJ has made a guide (web resource) that provides selection criteria, resources and tools for the identification of reputable open access journals to support researchers, publishers and librarians in their search of best practice and transparency standards.
It will also collect discussions about open access to publications and its development.
Here is a good tutorial from the University of Minnesota libraries about how to read, take effective notes and find the main points in scientific resarch articles.
key findings in the tutorial
How to read a scientific article
Skim for key findings
The structure of most scientific articles
The most effective order to read an article
Is the article interesting and relevant enough to my research assignment?
- Purpose of the study (why)
- Methodology (how)
- Results (what they found)
- Conclusion (what it means)
Is this article worth reading or should I move into another one
- Clearly answers the question posed in the introduction
- Explains how the results upport the conclusion
Do I understand and believe the author´s claims?
- Stimulate interest
- Put the article in larger context
General -> Specific -> Focused Question the authoer is asking.
Authors describe previous work and how their work relates to it.
Why did the reasearchers do this study?
Does the research question match up with the conclusions read int he discussion?
- What the authors found
- Key data, often in figures or tables
Is the data collected appropriate to answer the research question?
Does the data support the conclusions?
- What experiments were done
- Can be difficult to read dut to technical language and details
How to find the main points of an article
Key places to look
- Figure and table titles
- First and last sentences of the Introduction
Within the articles the authors main point
- “We hypothesize that …”
- “We propose…”
- “We introduce…”
How to take effective notes
Effective note-taking will save you time and help you clarify your thoughts.
Creating a standard template for taking notes will help you organize your research
Enable you to make quick comparisions, and will save you time rereading articles
This text and screenshots are from the tutorial from the University of Minnesota libraries, http://www.lib.umn.edu
I really like the copyright, The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in USA, has on their material on the website. Everything with public domain (except on material when it is not possible). It means peopla are free to use their material without specific permission. Although they ask people using it to cite the Bureau of Labor Statistics.