Archive for ‘The Data’

April 1, 2011

The journals that find rice the tastiest

by farehalasker

'Molecular Plant' journal, rated 1 of China's top 7, cited the paper 350 times

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April 1, 2011

Protein study: consistent citations, but not a lot of media rock ‘n’ roll

by JasmineMalone

My paper to analyze for this project was titled ‘Systematic analysis of genes required for synapse structure and function’ by Joshua M Kaplan and collagues, published in Nature.

The paper was very interesting, and described the efforts to determine the genes that regulate the function and development of neuromuscular junctions in C. elegans. Since its publication, the paper has been cited 122 times. The citations have risen consistently over the past six years, indicating results that are still useful today. Of the 122 papers citing Kaplan et al, only 7 of those were authored by one or more of the authors on the original study, eliminating the bias of self-citing.

The top-citing journals that cited Kaplan et al where Neuron and PNAS, both well-respected, peer reviewed publications with high impact factors.

Although a well designed study with results that are important reading for those in the field, the media impact of this paper was non-existent, for obvious reasons: the type of study and it’s consequences clearly do not fall in the remit of the usual media interest, as the field is quite a small, specialized one, the study on yeast instead of humans and the results not clinically-relevant yet.

I, for one, enjoyed reading it though!

April 1, 2011

Rice’s citations say…

by farehalasker

The increase in the W of K citations since analysis of results highlights further the importance of the paper

PubMed and Web of Knowledge (W of K) were used to find the citation results of the map-based sequence of the rice genome. The paper was cited in W of K 874 times and only 286 times in PubMed, a total of 1160 times across the two. All of the citations in PubMed were repeated in W of K so the total number of citations was taken as 874 times. The type of citation was unsurprising- 726 were articles, 98 were reviews, 27 editorials and only four were letters. The high number of citations reflects the importance of rice in the world. As a major foodtsuff, many people will have a vested interest in the genome of it- especially producers of the crop, and governments of countries which produce it. As these countriers tend to be the less economically developed, such as Bangladesh, finding more efficient production methods from information gleaned from the genome is of utmost importance. In the picture, it can be seen that the number of citations has increased since the data was analysed- I did not include any citations after December 2010, since then the paper has been cited a further 72 times, highlighting the importance of the paper.

April 1, 2011

The map-based sequence of the rice genome

by farehalasker

This is the paper I generated from Nature, investigating rice- one of the world’s most important foods, feeding over half of the world’s population. The paper presents a map-based sequence covering 95% of the genome. The map is useful as it identifies the genetic traits which would be useful in the production of the cereal. It is predicted that rice production will have to increase by 30% over the next 20 years to meet the demands of a growing population. The results of the paper should therefore accelerate improvements in rice production.

Rice, one of the world's most important foods

March 30, 2011

The more citations, the better the paper? A closer look at our data

by Anka Lindemann

citation neededBeing cited is probably the best compliment a scientist can get: someone regarded you work to be so significant, that he or she decided to mention it in their own paper, and maybe even used is as the base for their own research. Consequently, the quality of a paper is very often measured by counting how many times the research was mentioned in other publications.

But at the same time, a comparable small number of citations should not necessarily be seen as a proof for the validity of a paper. If you take one of the papers that Beki analysed, (A contractile nuclear actin network drives chromosome congression in oocytes), the overall number of citations is realtively small (just 66 from 2005 to 2011).

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March 25, 2011

Where the American authors worked

by Louise Ogden

In one of my previous posts, I looked into the locations of the authors of our papers. An overwhelming majority were working in the US in 2005, which led me to take a closer look at which institutions these researchers were coming from.

It’s tough to say with such a small sample, but from an outsider’s point of view it does appear that American scientists had a better chance of being published in Nature during that year. But I was wondering, whether there was a preferred town, city or state? Are East Coast universities more likely to get articles published then West Coast? Or is there a pretty even distribution across the states?

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