Publishing Innovations

“Half of what is taught in medical education is wrong, but we don’t know which half is right,” Dr. Brian Alper, Editor-in-Chief of DynaMed and Medical Director of EBSCO, shared in his presentation about the ongoing, frequent changes in evidence-based medicine. Such progress is demanding researchers share, consume, and translate information into clinical practice with new methods to help improve patient outcomes. The International Congress on Medical Librarianship sponsored a session featuring several publishing developments.

JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments): Dr. Moshe Pritsker, CEO of JoVE, introduced the first peer-reviewed scientific video journal indexed in PubMed as a way to help reduce costs and increase research productivity. Dr. Pritsker demonstrated that most scientific research is virtually impossible to replicate based on text instructions alone. Based on his own experience, Dr. Pritsker showed how two months of time and $10,000 was needed to cover costs associated with traveling around the globe to learn lab techniques in person from a researcher since text instructions did not suffice. To solve the problem of effectively communicating complex details, JoVE was created to enhance researchers’ understanding of biological, medical, chemical, and physical research by sharing findings and demonstrations in a video format.  Visit Booth #505 in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about the journal and upcoming developments.

Librarian’s Role in Fighting Predatory Publishing and Spamferences: Although I’ve seen Paul Blobaum’s name many times on the MedLib-L listserv, his timely tips about avoiding predatory publishing practices were particularly helpful in light of a recent April 7, 2013 New York Times article about the problem. While poor grammar and a lack of authoritative indexing may offer clues about a journal’s credibility, Mr. Blobaum says more work needs to be done to help protect researchers from submitting work to fraudulent publications. To help researchers evaluate the legitimacy of partnering with a journal for a potential research publication, service on an editorial board or a presentation at a conference, Mr. Blobaum advises that librarians consult several sources below.

Creating a New ‘Gratis Open Access” Family Medicine Research Journal:  Laura A. McLellan, MLS demonstrated a successful open access business model for the new peer-reviewed Annals of Family Medicine.  Be sure to check it out!