Unwanted gift from dad, the power of the dark side, and my cup runneth over: the F1000 social media round up

The trending article recommendations on the @F1000 social media feeds this week, as well as interesting picks from the science Twittersphere.

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One million references saved to F1000Workspace


Not quite a million pictured here.

Since we launched F1000Workspace earlier this year, thousands of researchers and clinicians have signed up for our suite of tools to help them keep track of the articles they’ve read, discover new articles, collaborate with co-workers and write their articles.

Together, they have now saved more than one million references to their F1000Workspace projects! That’s a lot of articles…

This includes references that researchers imported from their existing libraries, as well as articles they saved via the browser plugin, via suggested articles within F1000Workspace or through the Word plugin.

You can read a bit more about this milestone in our press release, which also includes comments from some of our users:

Kevin Black, a professor at Washington University in St Louis (USA), who works on brain imaging research on movement disorders such as Tourette Syndrome and Parkinson’s disease, said: “F1000Workspace makes it easy to save, mark up and upload PDFs of articles without leaving my web browser.

“It’s also easy to find all of the above from anywhere in the world with internet access and to share collections of files, and comments and PDFs, with my colleagues.”

Tamica Collins, a researcher at Columbia University, who is finishing a PhD thesis at Indiana University School of Medicine, said: “While writing my thesis, I have to search for multiple articles and it can be overwhelming. Using the F1000 browser extension helps with this because I can save references as I’m searching and add tags to let me know why I saved them.

“One of the best things about the Word plugin on F1000Workspace is that I can access my notes and references directly from Word. This helps with organisation while I’m writing my thesis. I also like the fact that I can access PubMed directly from Word.”

We’d love to hear your feedback as well! What’s your favourite feature of F1000Workspace?


Image by Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier, CC-BY.

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Paolo Bianco

Paolo BianchiWe are sad to mark the passing of Paolo Bianco, Faculty Member in Rheumatology. Professor Bianco was a Pathologist and Professor of Pathology at the Sapienza University of Roma in Italy, and well known for his work in stem cells, skeletal physiology and bone diseases.

“Paolo made great contributions both in the science of stem cells itself and also in the area of advocating for responsible science,” according to fellow cell biologist Paul Knoepfler, and he was “a dedicated champion of evidence-based medicine in the stem cell field.”

Dr Bianco passed away suddenly, age 60. Tributes for him have been written at the Scientist, the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR).

Our sincere condolences to Paolo’s family, friends and colleagues.

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In the beginning was RNA, mushroom rainmakers, and sock on the doorknob… F1000’s social media round up

The trending article recommendations on the @F1000 social media feeds this week, as well as interesting picks from the science Twittersphere.

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Rebecca Lawrence appointed F1000’s Managing Director

Rebecca LawrenceWe at F1000 are pleased to announce the appointment of Rebecca Lawrence as Managing Director. Rebecca was previously Managing Director of F1000Research, the open science publishing platform of F1000.

During the 6 years Rebecca has worked at F1000, she has launched and established both F1000Research and F1000Posters (the open access repository of posters and slides, now incorporated into F1000Research). Rebecca, who has over 15 years’ experience in the STM publishing industry, is also co-Chair of several international initiatives around peer review recognition and data sharing, working with ORCID, CASRAI, RDA, BioSharing and other major organisations.

This appointment marks an important transition for F1000 in moving towards an integrated suite of products overseen by the F1000 Faculty, a unique and prestigious group of over 11,000 experts across biology and medicine. F1000 are now working with major research funders and institutions around the world to utilise the tools and services F1000 have built over the past 13 years. The objective is to address the major challenges that researchers face in trying to write and publish their findings, and in the way they are subsequently evaluated for future careers and grants.

Vitek Tracz, Chairman & CEO, F1000, said: “Rebecca Lawrence has shown a clear grasp of the issues we address and demonstrated an outstanding ability to change these into practical and useful services. I am confident she will play a central role in creating the new environment that researchers need science publishers to develop.”

Rebecca Lawrence said: “I am delighted to take on this new role at F1000 and am looking forward to the challenges ahead. F1000 is in a truly unique position to help make a sea-change in how new findings are shared, researchers are evaluated, and ultimately in how the whole scientific enterprise functions, for the good of science and ultimately for healthcare. There now seems to be a palpable desire, amongst both scientists and those involved in policy, to change the system that is getting increasingly skewed and biased by the current publishing and evaluation system. I feel incredibly privileged to be able to play an important role in this transformative journey.”

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2016 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry

Nadrian SeemanNadrian ‘Ned’ Seeman, professor of chemistry at New York University and Section Head of F1000’s Biomimetic Chemistry Section has won the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry.

The Franklin Institutue has the aim of preserving Benjamin Franklin’s legacy by recognizing outstanding achievements in science, technology, and industry around the world. Professor Seeman was awarded the medal for his role in DNA nanotechnology, a field where he is a founding father.

The Franklin institute awarded the medal “for his conceptualization and demonstration that DNA can be used as a construction material that can spontaneously form sub-microscopic structures of diverse shapes and functions, with potential applications in disease treatment, mechanics, and computation.”

Many congratulations on a deserved achievement, Ned!

Ned recorded an interesting video for us in January 2014 on how to build a DNA nanomachine:

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Featured F1000 Specialist – November 2015

Su Shang-TsinghuaShang Su is the F1000 Specialist Contact at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He has found a number of ways to reach out to the research community there, which you can read about in the interview below.

If you’d like to become an F1000 Specialist yourself, and tell your own colleagues about F1000, you can sign up here.

What kind of things have you done at Tsinghua University to tell people about F1000?

I first found out about F1000 between the years 2010 to 2011, when I was searching for a proper paper to discuss in Journal Club. Since then F1000 recommendations have  become my first choice for Journal Club. So I applied to become F1000 Specialist immediately when I saw a recruitment poster last winter. I began the work by distributing flyers of F1000Research in Tsinghua. Then I helped by promoting the newly launched F1000Workspace to the professors and students, basically through posters (which I translated to Chinese), presentations, and oral description. I also collaborated with the librarians in Tsinghua library to update the info and FAQ of F1000 in the lib navigation and introduce F1000 as an easy research tool.

Do you have any tips or advice for other F1000 Specialists?

I think specialists themselves benefit a lot from F1000 services. It is fantastic to share such wonderful things with your fellows. Roses given, fragrance in hand.

Finally, can you tell us in two sentences what your research project is about?

I am studying the cell-cycle regulation of the central transcriptional complex, beta-catenin/TCF in cellular Wnt signaling, trying to decipher the potential underlying mechanisms and significance.

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Flame on, safety in numbers and the traitor within… our social media round up

The trending article recommendations on the @F1000 social media feeds this week, as well as interesting picks from the science Twittersphere.

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Harold Varmus appointed Chairman of International Advisory Board

VarmusWe’re pleased to announce that Nobel Laureate and former NIH Director Harold Varmus has been appointed as Chairman of F1000’s International Advisory Board.

The International Advisory Board advises F1000 on broad policy issues and on our development of new products and services, and assists in selecting the Heads of Faculty who oversee each of the 32 sections of F1000 Faculty Members.

Harold Varmus shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Michael Bishop, for the discovery of the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes. In addition to his productive research career, Varmus has been at the forefront of scientific publishing. When he was Director of NIH, he established PubMed Central, together with David Lipman. Soon after that, he co-founded Public Library of Science (now PLOS) with Pat Brown and Michael Eisen.

Commenting on his appointment as Chairman of the F1000 International Advisory Board, Varmus said: “I have worked for many years to help provide public or full open access to research articles and other materials that were once locked away behind subscription barriers. Recently, I have watched the development of F1000 with great interest. I am very much looking forward to working with the F1000 team, which is bringing many exciting innovations to the open science publishing world, especially F1000Research, a new and imaginative publishing platform on which pre-prints of research articles can be transformed into published articles with appended commentary.”

We look forward to working with him!

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Sleep and exercise in humans, and sex-specific behavior in worms: social media roundup

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