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Suggested Research Resources

At this time of year, many students have finished bench research and are starting to focus on writing the dissertation, thesis, or journal article. To determine if you are ready to write requires a researcher to critically examine their research in light of three “scrutinies”: The research topic (broad problem) was understood; the research idea…

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Topic Primer: Costs of Publication

What is the cost of maintaining the body of scientific knowledge? Essentially, that is the query underlying the question of what does it cost to publish a scientific research article or a scholarly article in a respected, peer-reviewed journal? The question is not easily answered because it depends on a number of factors and on the answer to “Who pays?” Every…

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End-of-Year Resources

Between the peer review Congresses, a group of publishers—commercial, society, and nonprofit—sponsor an ongoing website and an annual September Peer Review Week. Currently 29 “committee member” organizations are involved in the world-wide event. The 2018 event theme was “Diversity and Inclusion” in peer review. Expect advertising and see their website for the activities for 2016,…

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Peer Review Primer-2: Evolution

From earliest examples of formal peer referees in the 1830s through to the 1970s, systems and processes that used peers to evaluate scientific papers reflected the composition of the societies and their disciplinary participants. Aileen Fyfe describes one such early set of members, those scientists of the Royal Society, as “all those involved in making…

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Peer Review Primer-1: Evolving Process

For about the last thirty years in the scientific writing community, September annually heralds roughly a month of heightened awareness in peer review. Understanding peer review means gaining a grasp at how it is defined, what is the “generic” or classical process, how that classical process has been changed since the Internet became widely available…

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News Updates

(1) On July 18, 2018, the U.S. Copyright Office released upgrades to the Library of Congress’ virtual card catalog and its proof of concept*. These technical upgrades will enhance the ability to track searching and its results when using this version of the Virtual Card Catalog (VCC). According to the press release (July 18): “In…

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Topic Primer: Primary Sources

In its Primary Source Project, (http://www.loc.gov/teachers/tps/quarterly/project_learning/ ), the Library of Congress defines a “primary source” as an original document or object, created by a person who lived in a particular time and place in history. This definition coincides closely with the meaning of a primary source for all disciplines (Table 1), including science and journalism.…

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