PubMed Commons has been implemented on a trial basis. This feature will allow researchers to comment on any article indexed at PubMed and read the comments of others. Eligibility is limited to those with an NIH or Wellcome Trust grant or to those who are listed as an author on any publication listed in PubMed. The latter group has to get an invitation from the former.
Read more here:
Join Pub Med’s Revolution in Post Publication Peer Review
James Coyne | PlosOne blog
October 22, 2013
And, for further background on the impetus for this feature:
Stanford professor’s pivotal role in bringing commenting capability to PubMed
Rosanne Spector | School of Medicine News [Stanford]
October 29, 2013
The following conference was based on the use of cell phone data for research – mostly involving mobility, but also group differences in work/residential location. Demographers are starting to use this data source. We link below to a paper in the social media session at PAA 2013.
Net Mobility Conference 2013
Conference Program (pdf)
Submissions to D4D challange (122 MB). This book contains copies of all the submissions to the D4D challenge that have been selected for NetMob. It is a large file (850 pages).
African Bus Routes Redrawn Using Cell-Phone Data
David Talbot | MIT Technical Review
Paper from PAA 2013 Social Media Session
New Approaches to Human Mobility: Using Mobile Phones for Demographic Research
John Palmer, et al.
April 11-13, 2013
Fact sheet from National Library of Medicine about the differences of these database.
Epidemiologic Reviews is a sister publication of American Journal of Epidemiology and publishes critical reviews on specific themes once a year. The theme in 2014 will be Women’s Health and manuscript submissions are being solicited.
More information can be found here.
In October 2012, Thomson Reuters will release the Data Citation Index on the Web of Knowledge platform. See a video introduction here.
According to Thomson Reuters, researchers can:
Maximize your research efforts with access to the most influential repositories, data sets and studies from a single destination
Speed the time to discovery by building upon previous, quality digital research
Understand data in context through summary information connected to the work it informed
Track the use and importance of research data across multiple disciplines
Get a complete view of scholarly research output
Support proper attribution to data research through standard citation format.
From the announcement:
This revised website gives you new ways to use POPLINE, the world’s largest database of reproductive health literature. Though we add thousands of new records to the database each year, this is the first major update to the website since 2003.
Multiple export options
Customizable Advanced Search
Saved searches and My Documents
Over 400-pre-coordinated instant searches
User profiles & updated document request process
Filter search results by Keyword, Country, Language, and Year
Announcement from Catherine Morse, Government Information and Political Science Librarian, Clark Library, Hatcher Graduate Library:
All three campuses have access to Statista, an online portal for statistical charts, graphs and tables on a variety of subjects including: marketing, demographics, communication, technology, politics, health, leisure and public opinion. Statista offers recent data, not time series, and comes from government sources like the World Bank and the U.S. Census as well as industry, marketing, and trade groups. Tables, charts and graphs can be downloaded as images or into Microsoft Powerpoint and Excel.
Statista can be accessed here: http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/1077340
The University of Michigan Library has purchased additional titles to the Congressional Quarterly Political Reference Suite. These new electronic reference books add to their collection of CQ reference works on campaigns, politics and elections. The CQ Political Reference Suite can be accessed here: http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/30187.
New titles include:
Supreme Court Compendium, 5th Edition
Cities in American History
Encyclopedia of Water Politics
The New York Times on Gay and Lesbian Issues
Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census
Federal Regulatory Directory, 15th Edition
Women in American Politics
Encyclopedia of US/Latin America Relations
Exit Polls: Surveying the American Electorate
African American Electorate
Elections A to Z, 4th Edition
and many more.
The Statistical Abstract Lives On – Proquest will Publish Starting in 2013
Sue Polanka | Points of Reference – A Booklist Blog
March 22, 2012
ProQuest Picks up Where the Census Bureau Left Off: The Statistical Abstract of the United States Will Be Back This Year
Researchers’ cherished guide to social and economic stats gets a new lease on digital and print life
March 22, 2012 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — ProQuest will rescue one of researchers’ most valued reference tools when it takes on publication of the Statistical Abstract of the United States beginning with the 2013 edition. The move ensures continuation of this premier guide to an extraordinary array of statistics, which has been published since 1878. The U.S. Census Bureau, responsible for publishing the work, announced in March 2011 that it would cease production of the Statistical Abstract after the 2012 edition, prompting widespread concern among librarians, journalists, and researchers about the disappearance of this essential research tool.
If you were not aware of the impending demise of The Statistical Abstract, see this previous post.
A Guide to Statistics on Historical Trends in Income Inequality
C. Stone, H. Shaw, D. Trisi and A. Sherman | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
November 28, 2011
This resource is from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. It provides information on the (a) commonly used sources and statistics, including a discussion of relatives strengths and limitations; (b) an overview of the trends over the last ~60 years; (c) an overview of how the most well-off Americans and doing; (d) an overview of how the least well-off Americans are doing.
[Link to PDF version]