Monday, 27 June 2011

Leading research organisations announce top-tier, open access journal for biomedical and life sciences

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust announced today that they are to support a new, top-tier, open access journal for biomedical and life sciences research.

The three organisations aim to establish a new journal that will attract and define the very best research publications from across these fields. All research published in the journal will make highly significant contributions that will extend the boundaries of scientific knowledge.

Read the full press release on the Wellcome Trust website.

Royal Society Medicine Open papers -- now deposited in PMC

Papers published under the Royal Society of Medicine's open access option (RSM Open) are now deposited in PubMed Central and mirrored to UKPMC.

The open access option is available to all authors and applies to all RSM journals.

The Article Processing Charge (APC) for RSM Open is $3000.  All papers published under this model are licenced using the Creative Commons Attribution, Non-commercial licence.

A list of all papers published under this model is available here.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Scientific Reports: a new open access journal from NPG

A new online open access journal from Nature Publishing Group, Scientific Reports, is now live.

The journal is a primary research publication covering all areas of the natural sciences.

The APC for UK articles has been set at £1,112 (from January 2012). Scientific Reports will apply to be indexed in all relevant databases and repositories, and all content will be archived in PubMed Central. More

Monday, 20 June 2011

UK PubMed Central is hiring!

We are looking to recruit experienced developers to join the Literature Services Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) to help deliver UK PubMed Central. This is a great opportunity to contribute to a core resource for biomedical researchers.

The positions involve a range of activities, depending on where your experience lies. We require people who can demonstrate excellence in a variety of technical skills.

You can find out more about these vacancies on the EMBL wesbite.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

The Power of Text Mining

Text mining features in databases are an increasingly popular way to extract useful information that could otherwise remain hidden. A new resource has become available to allow researchers to search for particular chemical compounds in biomedical literature. This task is often confounded by multiple names for particular chemicals being used in publications. Similarly, sometimes the structure may be known but the investigator may lack a name for the compound. Compounds In Literature (CIL) helps overcome these problems, via a novel web interface, helping researchers to locate chemical names, structures, or even similar structures in over 28 million compounds of PubChem and more than 20 million citations from PubMed.

“CIL-results provide a ‘heat map’-like overview, comprising compounds, similar compounds, proteins and citations with highlighted found entities….CIL allows for analyses of obvious and hidden potential biological functions of compounds.”

Like UKPMC, the CIL service uses EBI’s 'Whatizit' tool, in this case to locate related compounds, proteins and citations. Similarly, UKPMC searches for synonyms of keywords (named entities) and can capture many articles or content that may not be picked up by other resources. This capability is just one aspect of the powerful text mining features available to UKPMC users. Further information on text mining in UKPMC is available in the FAQ section.