Medical Research Papers: Translation Needed

Medical Research Papers: Translation Needed

I used to have the “bedside stack.” This pile of journals that I planned to read was always topped by. . . the latest Stephen King novel.

Now my e-mail in-box is filled with “online first” and “table of contents” announcements from numerous journals.

The problem with reading journal articles is obvious: they are hard to read. They seem to be written in English, but not in a language I use day to day.…Read More »

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Medical Research Journals-The Rise and Fall(?) Part 1

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spends $4billion a year supporting scientific endeavors, much of it on medical research. But you won’t be reading about any of their breakthroughs in JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, or The Lancet. No, as of last week the Foundation is doing an end-run around medical journals, requiring that all research findings be freely available in an online repository.

This move reflects the Foundation’s – and many others’ – frustration with medical research journal publishers’ controlling of access to studies and the resulting slow dissemination of research findings.…Read More »

Medical Research Journals-The Rise and Fall(?) Part 2

In part 1 of this post, I talked about how medical research journals rose to become the standard-bearers for disseminating new research findings. In this post I will focus on how medical research journals slow down – way down – the spread of research, and speculate on the growing role of social media.

“I’ll do a Medline search.”
“I found an article.”
“My research was published in [insert medical research journal].”
“According to the [insert medical research journal]. . .”

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