Citations on preprints

Preprints is a relatively new class of scientific publications that seek to expedite the publication of results and new ideas in an updatable format. Specifically, new versions of the same article could be posted when ready. Thus, the publication format provides a forum for the discussion of new ideas and data, and allows authors to … More Citations on preprints

Citations as a reflection of usefulness of an article in potentiating new ideas or helping chart a research path

Citations are often viewed as acknowledgement of the quality of a piece of research. While partially true given that poor quality research would generally not receive citation, citations can also be viewed as an indication of the usefulness of an article or its role in potentiating new research areas or ideas in science.   Specifically, … More Citations as a reflection of usefulness of an article in potentiating new ideas or helping chart a research path

Citations in preprints are also accounted for in Google Scholar Citations

Google Scholar Citations is a free service from Google Scholar that tracks the number of citations that a particular article or preprint earn. As an observation, I noted that Google Scholar Citations also account for citations in preprints, which is a strong acknowledgement to the increasingly important role played by preprints in providing an early … More Citations in preprints are also accounted for in Google Scholar Citations

How should one judge the quality of a piece of research published in a journal?

This is an age old question in academia. How should a piece of research be judged? One standard parameter is the impact factor of the journal in which the research is published. But, is impact factor a good parameter to based one’s judgement on? The answer is no.   Impact factor of a journal is … More How should one judge the quality of a piece of research published in a journal?

Carbon dioxide emissions continue to increase and has not stabilized

A recent New York Times article (Link) posits that carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere continues to increase, due to the failure of Earth’s oceans and vegetations at absorbing carbon dioxide in a scenario that carbon dioxide emissions have stabilized across the world. The pertinent time period is 2015 and 2016.   My personal opinion … More Carbon dioxide emissions continue to increase and has not stabilized

Declining standard of articles in Nature’s Careers section

I am a keen reader of the front matter of Nature as well as the Careers section of the journal. However, I have noticed a precipitous drop in quality of reporting and topics discussed in the Careers section of Nature over the past year.   Specifically, issues of what scientists should avoid in their interactions … More Declining standard of articles in Nature’s Careers section

Increasing politicized content on the front matter of Nature and Science

Nature and Science magazines are the premier general scientific journals of the world; thus, the types of articles published as well as their topic do set the trend and standard for particular research fields. Besides hardcore scientific research reported in their pages, both journals also carry news stories on the current issues in science as … More Increasing politicized content on the front matter of Nature and Science

Zotero Connector is able to catalogue webpage and blogs with a single click on the Zotero extension button in Chrome browser

A short note to describe the utility of Zotero Connector extension in Google Chrome browser, where a single click of the Zotero Connector button in Chrome browser helps automatically add a reference in your opened Zotero standalone desktop application on your computer.   Adding citation information of journal articles is also the same with a … More Zotero Connector is able to catalogue webpage and blogs with a single click on the Zotero extension button in Chrome browser