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Have you heard about SciENcv?
Posted On: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 12:51 by Emily Mazure

SciENcv or the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae recently went live.  It is an online professional profile that can be made public to share with others. In SciENcv, users can document their education, employment, research activities, publications, honors, research grants, and other professional contributions. In addition, the SciENcv profile may include an ORCID® iD, when registered with ORCID.

The mission of SciENcv is to create a researcher profile system for all individuals who apply for, receive, or are associated with research investments from federal agencies, in order to:


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The Research Works Act
Posted On: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 13:46 by Beverly Murphy

On December 16, 2011, Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced "The Research Works Act" ( H.R. 3699) which would turn back the NIH Public Access Policy. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Details of the Bill:

  • Would prohibit federal agencies from conditioning their grant funding to require that all members of the public be guaranteed online access to the research findings that their tax dollars fund;
  • Would reverse the NIH Public Access Policy and stifle critical advancements in life-saving research and scientific discovery;
  • The NIH Public Access Policy currently provides millions of...

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Growing body of unpublished evidence
Posted On: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 10:17 by Beverly Murphy

In a study that investigated the challenges of disseminating clinical research findings in peer-reviewed biomedical journals, Yale School of Medicine researchers have found that fewer than half of a sample of trials primarily or partially funded by the National Institutes of Health were published within 30 months of completing the clinical trial.

"When research findings are not disseminated, the scientific process is disrupted and leads to redundant efforts and misconceptions about clinical evidence," said Joseph Ross, M.D., first author of the study and a Yale assistant professor of medicine. "Such inaction undermines both the trial in...


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Qualtrics: Your Duke Survey Tool
Posted On: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 15:34 by Beverly Murphy

The Qualtrics online survey tool is available for Duke users through a university-wide site license. Create an account using your NetID. Whether you are new to creating surveys or just new to Qualtrics, you’ll find many helpful features including customizable templates, question banks, and a survey builder guide. While a NetID is required to create surveys, the sharing of surveys with non-Duke users is allowed. You can put graphics into a survey, pipe text in, force validation for answers (like for emails, zip codes, phone numbers), and more. When you are ready to review, you can easily download the results in a variety of formats, cross...


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Govt. Research Funding on Chopping Block?
Posted On: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 09:55 by Adrianne Leonardelli

Who needs government-funded research on a cow’s stomach? We all do.
By Annalee Newitz, Published: November 4, The Washington Post

Dogs are man’s best friend. So the saying goes — and it’s even been studied scientifically. But should it have been?

The dog loyalty research was one of many studies funded by the National Science Foundation that Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) criticized this year in a report describing what he viewed as wasteful government spending on science.

It’s a common complaint: We spend too much money on... MORE

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Event: Doing Science in the Open, Oct. 4th
Posted On: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 16:47 by Beverly Murphy

Michael Nielsen Talks About Open Science

When: Tuesday, October 4, 4 p.m.
Where: Love Auditorium, Levine Science Research Center (LSRC B101) (Map)

The internet is causing a radical change in how science is done. In this talk, Michael Nielsen will describe how mass online collaborations are being used to prove mathematical theorems; how online markets are allowing scientific problems to be outsourced; and how online citizen science projects are enabling...


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Analysis of Informed Consent Document Utilization in a Minimal-Risk Genetic Study
Posted On: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 15:06 by Beverly Murphy

Background: The signed informed consent document certifies that the process of informed consent has taken place and provides research participants with comprehensive information about their role in the study. Despite efforts to optimize the informed consent document, only limited data are available about the actual use of consent documents by participants in biomedical research.

Objective: To examine the use of online consent documents in a minimal-risk genetic study....


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Posted On: Monday, August 29, 2011 - 09:59 by Beverly Murphy

What is it? An NCBI database that groups biomedical literature, small molecules, and sequence data in terms of biological relationships.

A biosystem, or biological system, is a group of molecules that interact in a biological system. For example, a biological pathway can consist of interacting genes, proteins, and small molecules. A disease biosystem, can involve components such as genes, biomarkers, and...


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Fund to Support Open AccessJournal Articles
Posted On: Friday, August 19, 2011 - 16:43 by Beverly Murphy

Duke School of Medicine has joined the Provost’s office and Perkins Library in creating a fund to help support authors who want to publish in Open Access (OA) journals. The fund was established when Duke joined other leading research institutions in signing the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity, known as COPE.

The Duke COPE fund helps to support author fees charged by OA journals for processing manuscripts. Eligible authors who do not have support through research grants can apply for reimbursement if they meet the eligibility requirements. The maximum reimbursement is $2,000 per article and $3,000 per year.

Eligible authors include any Duke faculty members, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate or professional students. Eligible journal articles... MORE

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Mistakes in Scientific Studies Surge
Posted On: Monday, August 15, 2011 - 10:11 by Beverly Murphy

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal, Mistakes in Scientific Studies Surge, discusses the increase in scientific publishing and retraction rates. According to data compiled for The Wall Street Journal by Thomson Reuters, "since 2001, while the number of papers published in research journals has risen 44%, the number retracted has leapt more than 15-fold.” The article went on to add that "retractions related to fraud showed a more than sevenfold increase between 2004 and 2009, exceeding the twofold rise in retractions related to mere error, according to an analysis published in the Journal of Medical Ethics."

For full-text of The Wall Street Journal article (Duke users only), click...


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NCBI’s Cn3D Viewer
Posted On: Monday, June 13, 2011 - 13:28 by Beverly Murphy

What is it? A free visualization tool for bimolecular structures, sequences, and sequence alignments.

With features that allow you to display, manipulate and label structures, sequences, and alignments, Cn3D Viewer from NCBI is a tool you need to take a look at!

What sets Cn3D apart from other software is its ability to correlate structure and sequence information. Cn3D displays structure-structure alignments along with their structure-based sequence alignments, to emphasize what regions of a group of related proteins are most conserved in structure and sequence. Also... MORE

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Explore: Mendeley
Posted On: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 09:05 by Beverly Murphy

What is it? A free, social citation management tool!

Offering many of the same features as tools like EndNote and RefWorks, Mendeley goes a step further by incorporating social networking tools to help you find and track articles. Mendeley can be downloaded onto the desktop of your Windows, Mac, or Linux computers for easy work off-line. Its ability to sync online allows you to access your citations anywhere.

If you have a large collection of pdf's saved on your computer, let Mendeley extract the bibliographic information for you! Or you can import citations from...


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