Friday, December 7, 2007

PLoS ONE: A Post-Publication-Peer-Reviewed-Open-Access-E-Journal



WHEN? December 2006

WHY? "PLoS ONE is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal." It "features reports of primary research from all disciplines within science and medicine. By not excluding papers on the basis of subject area, PLoS ONE facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers whether within or between disciplines."

HOW? "Each submission will be assessed by a member of the PLoS ONE Editorial Board before publication. This pre-publication peer review will concentrate on technical rather than subjective concerns and may involve discussion with other members of the Editorial Board and/or the solicitation of formal reports from independent referees. If published, papers will be made available for community-based open peer review involving online annotation, discussion, and rating" ( The open-source software called TOPAZ ( is used to create the advanced Web functionality; the core of TOPAZ is Fedora, the (Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture) ( ). "Fedora is an Open Source content management application that supports the creation and management of digital objects" ( ).

"PLoS ONE will publish all papers that are judged to be rigorous and technically sound. Papers published in PLoS ONE will be available for commenting and debate by the readers, making every paper the start of a scientific conversation." "Judgments about the importance of any particular paper are then made after publication" (

"The Public Library of Science (PLoS) applies the Creative Commons Attribution License (CCAL) to all works … it publish[es]. Under the CCAL, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article[s], but authors allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy articles in PLoS journals, so long as the original authors and source are cited. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers" (

PLoS ONE is currently a beta release.

WHO? PLoS ONE is published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), in partnership with an international advisory board and an extensive editorial board ( PLoS is "nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource" (

CITES: "PLoS One," PLoS E-Newsletter for Institutional Members, November 14, 2006. Available at: (accessed 27 October 2007).

Catriona J. MacCallum, "ONE for All: The Next Step for PLoS," PLoS Biology 4 no. 11 (November 2006): 1875. Available at: (accessed 27 October 2007).

Saturday, December 1, 2007

2collab Video (Beta)

A Brief Look at the Beta Version of 2collab (October 2007)

Michiel van der Heyden, Senior Product Manager at ScienceDirect, introduces 2collab and demonstrates how it works. 2collab is Elsevier’s new free collaborative research tool that enables researchers to share bookmarks, references or any linked materials with their peers and colleagues.





2collab Formally Launched

Amsterdam – November 27, 2007 –Elsevier, the world's leading publisher of science, technology and medical (STM) information, today announced the official launch of 2collab, a free online platform for scientific collaboration.

2collab is a free Web application that provides researchers with a platform to share resources with networks of peers and specialists, creating an online community that facilitates information discovery, evaluation and debate.


This official launch follows a successful beta testing period and incorporates feedback gained from researchers based at Elsevier’s Development Partners, which include a range of premier academic, government and corporate institutions worldwide.

2collab provides the platform and tools needed for researchers to connect with their peers, enhancing the way they work together and offering an open and accessible space that will foster collaboration,” said Jay Katzen, Managing Director, Academic and Government Products, Elsevier.

2collab allows researchers to add, share and rate bookmarks, tag resources, and to add comments and create topical groups. Each user is encouraged to create a personal profile, which everyone can view to ensure the authenticity of fellow users. This creates an accessible environment where specialists can work together on evaluating new research, discussing current controversies and opportunities as well as providing a place for first-time authors to promote their research.

Elsevier’s focus on developing Research 2.0 tools demonstrates its continuous efforts in delivering innovations that allow researchers to increase their productivity and effectiveness. The company’s mission and commitment to the scientific community is to deliver high-quality solutions and to invest in furthering the development of the global science and medical information communities.


Thursday, November 8, 2007


WHAT? 2collab


July 2007

WHY?2collab is a social bookmarking site where … [one] can store and organize … [one’s] favorite internet resources – such as blogs, websites, research articles, and more. Then, in private or public groups … [one] can … share … [one’s] bookmarks with others … . Members of groups can evaluate these resources (by rating bookmarks, tagging and adding comments), or add their … [personal] bookmarks. One can browse public groups and bookmarks, but must register … to access the full 2collab functionality … such as creating groups, adding comments, and adding bookmarks


HOW? Any user can access public 2collab content by selecting items from the ‘tags’, ‘groups’, or ‘users’ tabs found on the right side of the service’s homepage. Tags are listed alphabetically with the number of items associated with a particular term or phrase in parentheses to its right (‘blog (21)’). Users are provided initially with a list of the most popular tags, groups, and users, but can display complete lists if desired. If preferred, tags can be displayed as a tag cloud. The site also provides a ‘Search’ box that provides a free-text search capability for all content.

2collab content consists of the private and public bookmarked resources of the 2collab community. The most recent public resources are displayed in the center of the 2collab homepage, in reverse chronological order. Users have the option of reordering 2collab items by the 'number of votes', 'highest rated' , 'number of comments' by selecting these options from a drop-down menu. Only registered users can vote, rate, or comment on an entry by selecting these options associated with each.

Within his/her personal profile, a registered user can create a bookmark for a range of publications and web content. Registration is free and requires only basic identification information. In creating a bookmark, the user can include a full description of the item and tags in addition to the required URL and resource title. By default, bookmarked items are automatically added to an individual’s personal (‘private’ collection), but may also be added to the public collection if desired (‘Make public’). Bookmarks can be shared with one or more groups.

In addition to basic identification data, the bookmark template allows the user to provide ‘optional reference information’ for publications (e.g., ‘reference type’, ‘source title’, ‘article title’, ‘volume, issue, page’, ‘publication date’, ‘authorship’, ‘authors’, ‘ISBN/ISSN’, and ‘DOI’. The ‘reference type’ provides a drop-down menu of publication types (e.g., ‘Journal Article’, ‘Patent’, ‘Dissertation’, ‘E-print’, ‘Web document’, ‘Presentation’, Course Material’, etc.). In addition to using the bookmark template, users can also use a 2collab browser button, if previously activated.

Registered users can also create interests groups (e.g., SciTechNet: Science and Technology Social Networking Services). In creating a group, the user must provide the ‘group name’ and a description of the ‘group interest’ and select the level of ‘group visibility’ (i.e., ‘open public group’ (‘Everyone can see, join and participate in this group); ‘closed public group’ (‘Everyone can see this group. However, an invitation is needed to join and participate in this group’); ‘private group’ (‘Only group members can find and participate in this group. Non-members have to be invited to join’)). In addition, the user can add tags to characterize the group (e.g., science, SciTechNet, social networking services, technology).

Once a group is created, the group owner can invite members to join and add bookmarks for the group. Bookmarks can be adding manually or imported (or exported) using the appropriate function option (‘import bookmark’ ; ‘export bookmark’) found within the user’s profile. Users can subscribe to an RSS/Web feed to receive the “top 20 search results delivered daily.”

2Collab is currently a beta release.

WHO? 2collab is a free service provided by Elsevier and is a collaboration between Scopus [] and ScienceDirect []. Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources” and ScienceDirect provides access to significant science, technology and medicine full text and bibliographic information.

The 2collab team includes

  • Michiel van der Heyden (Senior Product Manager)

  • Thijs Willems (Product Manager)

  • Camelia Csora (Product Technology Manager)

  • Eric Bales (Consulting Software Engineer)

  • Shiv Krishnan (Project Manager)

  • Stephan Stipdonk (Interface Architect)

  • Rogier Barendregt (Web Developer)

  • Roy Boverhof (Web Developer)


2collab. Help File. Available at: [] Blog. Available at: [ ]

Thursday, November 1, 2007



WHEN? December 2006

WHY? “is user-driven scientific content: [one] … can share, vote, and comment on articles and news among a global community. is a scientific community: create a profile, assign tags (keywords) to your account, and find and network with other registered users.” is an article repository that allows registered users “… to start a library of scientific research that's important to … [them] --publications … [they’ve] authored, or articles that furthers … [their] research.” was originally launched as with the intent of providing “individuals [with] the opportunity to meet, dialogue, discuss, debate, and interact with other researchers and professionals involved in discovery and process development for the pharmaceutical and bio-based materials industries.” sought to provide “ … a forum to share information, identify opportunities, and seek collaborations with fellow scientists and industry professionals.”
HOW? To use the full functionality of, individuals must be registered. Registration is free and requires only basic identification information; one need not be a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) to join.

As a resource for scientists, users are requested to submit only articles of interest to the community. Contributors should avoid submitting duplicate items by searching before submission. Submissions should include a link to the original item if possible; at minimum an abstract should be provided. A note on the significance of the submission should also be provided [].

Non-registered and registered users can access the Recent Articles’, ‘Featured Articles’, or the ‘Top Community Articles’ groupings, or by an ‘Article tag cloud’ (‘All’, ’46 hours’, ‘This week’, ‘This month’, ‘This year’). A basic listing of contributions in reverse chronological order option is also available as is access to contributions by rating over a variety of periods (i.e., ‘Top today’ , ‘Top last’, ‘7 days’, ‘Top last 30 days’ , ‘All by vote’, ‘All by date’).

Only registered users can vote or comment on a contribution, or access the membership directory.

A ‘Search’ box for free-text searching is available in the upper right-hand corner of the service’s homepage.

WHO? American Chemical Society (

CITE: Linda Wang, “ACS Launches Social Networking Site,” Chemical & Engineering News 84 no. 51 (December 18 2006). Available at: []

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Nature Network

WHAT? Nature Network


WHEN? February 2007

WHY? Nature Network is an “… online meeting place for … [scientists] and fellow scientists to gather, talk and find out about the latest scientific news and events.”

Within the Nature Network registered members can
  • can create their own personal profile in which they can describe themselves and their research interests

  • establish a group for one’s lab, department or institution, or create a topic-based group

  • join and have discussions with group members

  • build their own online network of like-minded people

  • offer you views on developments in their fields or in the broader world of science

  • post comments on other individual’s blogs

  • search and browse a comprehensive listing of all forthcoming seminars and conferences

  • registered users can post their own events

  • read the latest news, views and historical insights in the news sections of the networks featured cities

  • discuss articles using the network’s commenting system

  • browse local job listings


In addition to global blogs, forums, groups, and member’s directory, the Nature Network offers access to the site (‘Jobs’) and ‘Local News’ and ‘Events’ relevant to the current city networks, Boston [] [Congrats, Red Sox !!!] and London [].

A ‘quick tour’ video about the basic features and functions in Nature Network is available []

HOW? After registration, users are provided with the opportunity to create a profile by providing personal and professional data and information (e.g., occupation, interests, projects, publications, and additional contact addresses). In addition, individuals can review their ‘entries’ (postings), ‘network’ membership, ‘groups’ and ‘tags’.

Registered users can invite other members to join their personal network. Users can also join a group of interest, or contribute to a variety of blogs or forums

Users can search the global Nature Network or local city versions, or browse the respective components of such versions. The membership directory (‘People’) can not only be searched by name, but browsed or searched by self-assigned ‘tags’. Blogs, forums, and groups can also be searched and browsed directly or by tag.

All Nature Network component tags can be accessed from the main site []. Current tags are grouped in three categories: ‘rising’, ‘stable’ and ‘falling’. 'Rising' tags are new or gaining in popularity, 'stable' tags are consistently mentioned, and 'falling' are declining in use.”

WHO? Nature Network is provided by the Nature Publishing Group, the publisher of Nature, one the world's major weekly scientific journals.

CITE: Jessica Shepherd, “Would Like to Meet: A Popular New Site Could See Scientists Exchanging Ideas, Posting Data ... and Even Finding Love Online,” The Guardian (Education Pages), July 3, 2007.
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Launch of SciTechNet(sm): Science and Technology Social Networking Services


The SciTechNet(sm): Science and Technology Social Networking Services blog was launched on October 31 2007. SciTechNet(sm) is devoted to describing and documenting online social networking services in the Sciences and Technology.