Open Science Prize announces epidemic tracking tool as grand prize winner | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

“A prototype online platform that uses real-time visualization and viral genome data to track the spread of global pathogens such as Zika and Ebola is the grand prize winner of the Open Science Prize

(link is external). The international team competition is an initiative by the National Institutes of Health, in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The winning team, Real-time Evolutionary Tracking for Pathogen Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation(link is external), created its is external)prototype to pool data from researchers across the globe, perform rapid phylogenetic analysis, and post the results on the platform’s website. The winning team will receive $230,000 to fully develop their prototype with NIH awarding $115,000 to the U.S. members of the winning team, and the Wellcome Trust and HHMI also contributing $115,000 to the winning team.”

Predatory Publishing as a Rational Response to Poorly Governed Academic Incentives – The Scholarly Kitchen

“So when we think of predatory publishing, we can’t just think of authors as the victims. In some cases, it is clear that they are willing conspirators. The real victims are the OA movement (which gets unfairly tarnished by the poor practices of these publishers), honest researchers (as legitimate research is seen as less trustworthy due to the flood of unreviewed and questionable material masquerading as the real thing), and the general public (whose confidence in science is undermined).”

Latest Article Alert from Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

The following new article has just been published in Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Research article
Practice status of specialized agencies for occupational health management of small- to medium-size enterprises and the factors improving their performance: a cross-sectional survey study
Lee S, Myong J, Kim E, Eom H, Choi B, Kang Y
Annals of Occupational and

Here’s another article uncritically repeating a common cluster of false assumptions

The article:

The false assumptions: 

“1. Assumption: All or most OA journals charge author-side fees.

False: 70% of peer-reviewed OA journals charge no author-side fees. About 50% of articles published in OA journals are published in the no-fee variety.

2. Assumption: All or most subscription journals avoid charging author-side fees.

False: 75% of subscription journals do charge author-side fees, not as APCs but as page and color charges.

My number is from a 2005 ALPSP study. I’d gladly update it, but I haven’t seen more recent data.

3. Assumption: Fee-based journals don’t erect editorial firewalls to protect against corruption. (Among other things, an editorial firewall insures that peer-review editors don’t know whether a given author would pay a fee or receive a fee waiver.)

Hasty: Some do and some don’t erect editorial firewalls. Unfortunately,  I don’t think anyone has published data on the ratio.

4. Assumption: If the possibility of fee-based corruption casts suspicion on the integrity of fee-based journals, then it would cast suspicion on more OA journals than non-OA journals.

False: On the contrary, if we assume no editorial firewalls at fee-based journals, then this business model would cast suspicion on 75% of non-OA journals and only 30% of OA journals (or 50% of OA journal articles)….”

Latest Article Alert from Archives of Public Health

The following new articles have just been published in Archives of Public Health

Effects of individual, household and community characteristics on child nutritional status in the slums of urban Bangladesh
Ahsan K, Arifeen S, Al-Mamun M, Khan S, Chakraborty N
Archives of Public Health 2017, 75:9 (20 February 2017)
Abstract http://

Latest Article Alert from Systematic Reviews

The following new articles have just been published in Systematic Reviews

Association between diabetes mellitus and multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis: a protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis
Tegegne B, Habtewold T, Mengesha M, Burgerhof J
Systematic Reviews 2017, 6:6 (14 January 2017)
Abstract http://

Open Data Privacy

“Cities today collect and store a wide range of data that may contain sensitive or identifiable information about residents. As cities embrace open data initiatives, more of this information is available to the public. While releasing data has many important benefits, sharing data comes with inherent risks to individual privacy: released data can reveal information about individuals that would otherwise not be public knowledge. In recent years, open data such as taxi trips, voter registration files, and police records have revealed information that many believe should not be released.

Effective data governance is a prerequisite for successful open data programs. The goal of this document is to codify responsible privacy-protective approaches and processes that could be adopted by cities and other government organizations that are publicly releasing data. Our report is organized around four recommendations:

  • Conduct risk-benefit analyses to inform the design and implementation of open data programs.
  • Consider privacy at each stage of the data lifecycle: collect, maintain, release, delete.
  • Develop operational structures and processes that codify privacy management widely throughout the City.
  • Emphasize public engagement and public priorities as essential aspects of data management programs.

Each chapter of this report is dedicated to one of these four recommendations, and provides fundamental context along with specific suggestions to carry them out. In particular, we provide case studies of best practices from numerous cities and a set of forms and tactics for cities to implement our recommendations. The Appendix synthesizes key elements of the report into an Open Data Privacy Toolkit that cities can use to manage privacy when releasing data….”

Acta Mathematica

“Acta Mathematica will be produced and distributed in print and online exclusively by International Press, beginning with volume 218 (2017).

Also, by arrangement with the Institut Mittag-Leffler, International Press now provides fully open online access to the entire content of Acta Mathematica — from its first issue of 1882 to the most recent.”

Latest Article Alert from Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology

The following new articles have just been published in Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology

Case report
An avoidable cause of thymoglobulin anaphylaxis
Brabant S, Facon A, Provôt F, Labalette M, Wallaert B, Chenivesse C
Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology 2017, 13:13 (23 February 2017)