ISBN, DOI, ISSN: A Quick Guide to Publication Identifiers

IdentifiersPublication identifiers help in finding information on an article or publication using a set of codes. All of us have names and other identifying characteristics and titles; however, these could be common to several thousands of people. In the United States, a person’s unique identifying tag is his or her Social Security number. The same…
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DOI for Peer Reviews

Peer ReviewsMost journals follow peer review process to assess and select manuscripts for publication. Peer reviews can provide you with information on the strengths and weaknesses of your paper. The reviewers are either chosen by the publishers or suggested by the author. They should be unbiased and expert in the subject area they are reviewing. Reviewers…
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Crossref: Text and Data Mining for Researchers

Each year, millions of books and journals are published. When researchers need to answer a question, how exactly do they find what they need? In the past, researchers used to gather data through screen scraping, which is the process of capturing data from a website using a computer. Today, sophisticated tools allow text and data…
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Can Toll-Free Links Improve Access to Academic Research?

Major publishers, like Elsevier, benefit from robust online manuscript access. Meanwhile, the research community prefers sharing their research. When articles are posted to ScienceDirect, conventional wisdom dictates that a subscription will be needed to access the article. However, a new trend is emerging to make access free to the public! Such a system, generally involving…
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How Researchers Utilize Reference Resources?

A quick Google search on virtually any topic yields a list of sources of information on the search engine’s first page. Traditionally, scholarly publishing has always relied on the peer-reviewed journal articles as references in research and academic writing. A fair and rigorous peer-review process guarantees credible and verified content.  However, a new dichotomy has…
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Open Citations Take Off

Open citation refers to the practice of making papers in a reference list accessible. Open citations use a common, machine readable format. The listed papers can be accessed independently of the main article and are freely available. This is an important way to share knowledge. The Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) represents a new approach…
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BioRxiv and Authorea Partner to Streamline Preprint Submission


Science communication is very important. As researchers increasingly forge global collaborations in biological research, the scientific community will need more collaborative tools. To meet that need, Authorea developed a collaborative document editor service. It helps collaborators edit shared documents. Furthermore, it facilitates the process of archiving preprints or publication-ready manuscripts (not peer reviewed) and submitting  … Read more

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