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Soft Skills & Tools / Taming the Literature
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Can We Live Without Peer Review?

Jef Akst has posted an interesting article over at The Scientist discussing a new system for scientists to publish their work directly to the web without traditional journals or the peer review system. Radical,...
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Reading Papers On-Screen

Reading papers on-screen is not something that everyone likes but if you can get used to it, it will help save you time and paper and make filing your literature a breeze. If you use a wide flatscreen monitor,...
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How To RTFP (Read the F*****g Paper)

There are, of course, times when it's ok to just read one part of a paper.  For example, if you only need to know how an experiment was done, just read the methods section or when you simply want what...
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Is Peer Review Broken?

This past week I found myself asking this question quite a few times. What is going on with the peer review process? Is anyone actually reviewing the papers getting into journals anymore? This is due to some...
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RTFP (Read the F*****g Paper)

When I worked in technical service for a well known biotech company, I have to confess that we often used a certain phrase in the frustration of dealing with calls from angry scientists ranting about a problem...
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BiomedExperts: An Alternative Way to Search The Literature

If you have ever looked closely at Pubmed, you might have noticed that it's not easy to search for all publications by a single author, to see everything that your collaborator has published or to see what the...
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Get PDFs ASAP with Pubget

After quite a long hiatus (which included a conference in Hawaii, whoo hoo!), I'm back to highlight a cool and relatively new search engine for scientific literature that is going to make you squeal with glee...
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Why You Should Never Trust a Patent

If you search the literature using a comprehensive search engine like Google Scholar, you will get several types of articles listed. Most of them are peer reviewed journal articles and many are patents. But...
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Mendeley: Easy Research Paper Management

I couldn't do without iTunes to store and sort all of my music according genre, artist, album and even fetch the album art from the net. And I always wished there was something like this to sort the gazillion...
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Go Pubmed!

GoPubmed is a powerful new way to search the literature. As the name suggests, it is based on our old, familiar friend the Pubmed database but GoPubmed provides a whole new set of tools that will power-up your...
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