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Article-Level Metrics and the Evolution of Scientific Impact

  • Cameron Neylon,

    Affiliation: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, United Kingdom

  • Shirley Wu mail

    Affiliation: 23andMe, Mountain View, California, United States of America

  • Published: November 17, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000242

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Encouraging article commenting

Posted by toddagibson on 20 Nov 2009 at 14:59 GMT

Journal clubs have the potential of energizing research article commenting. Participants in journal clubs could be tasked with deriving a consensus comment to post on each article reviewed. Article authors would likely respond, leading to lively discussions in some cases.

In addition to the immediate benefit of increasing comment activity, the young scientists who are steeped in this practice as students might be more inclined retain the practice on their own as they move into leadership roles.

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RE: Encouraging article commenting

shwu replied to toddagibson on 22 Nov 2009 at 07:15 GMT

Todd, that is a great idea. I don't know how much participation you'd see back from authors, but if even 20% result in a discussion (which doesn't necessarily require author input, though that is certainly important) it could be considered a success. There are a couple examples I've heard of of taking journal clubs online and I think for the most part they've been well-received on both sides.

I also agree that widespread adoption of new research/communication tools will be helped simply by exposure and familiarity.

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