“It is nearly impossible these days to do anything without collaboration.”

Dr Beth Schoen

Dr Beth Schoen

Alice Moscovici spoke with Beth Schoen, a Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Fellow as well as American Association for University Women Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab for Cancer Drug Delivery & Cell Based Technologies at Technion in Haifa, Israel, about the importance of collaboration in scientific research, in particular for young scientists. 

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A review on peer review in science

yajing-xu-photoA guest post from Yajing Xu, a Neuroscience PhD student at UCL, funded by the Wellcome Trust Programme. Her research interests focus on the role of microglia in the postnatal development of the dorsal horn pain circuitries. She is keen to learn more about open science and how to improve the way we are doing science.

The process of how science is produced, from grant applications to publishing can seem very complex. But as a budding scientist, I wanted to know how to navigate these waters, and particularly how to navigate peer review. So when a Peer review: The nuts and bolts workshop by Sense about Science came along, I gladly participated.

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Open science round up – September

wordcloud3Looking for something interesting to read while you wait on an experiment? Treat yourself to a 10 minute break and catch up with what’s been happening in the world of open science!

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Congratulations to the 2016 Lasker Award winners!

We are barely into the post-summer conference and awards season and the Lasker Awards have landed! The awards recognise basic medical research, and clinical medical research respectively, acknowledging a maximum of three recipients.

The 2016 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award went to William G. Kaelin, Jr., Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza for the discovery of the pathway by which cells from humans and most animals sense and adapt to changes in oxygen availability.

The 2016 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award recognises Ralf F.W. Bartenschlager, Charles M. Rice and Michael J. Sofia for the development of a system to study the replication of the virus that causes hepatitis C and for the use of this system to revolutionise the treatment of this disease.

There is also a Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science, which this year acknowledges Bruce Alberts for his discoveries in DNA replication, and leadership in science and education.

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Welcome new Heads of Faculty: Ecology and Genomics & Genetics

Here at F1000Prime we are grateful for the work of our Faculty; without them we wouldn’t exist. They provide recommendations for articles along with explanations for their choices, identifying key papers week in, week out.

Our Heads of Faculty work hard to ensure the scope of their Faculties and Sections truly reflect their fields and we are pleased to announce some new appointments.

The Faculty of Ecology will gain from the vast experience of Ove Hoegh-Guldberg of the University of Queensland and Georgina Mace of University College London (UCL), who was a Faculty Member in the Conservation & Restoration Ecology Section. The Faculty of Genomics & Genetics sees the appointments of Daniel Geschwind of UCLA, until now a Section Head for Neurogenetics, and Wolf Reik of The Babraham Institute who was a Faculty Member for Animal Genetics.

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“Keep your eyes open to the realities of the system around you.”

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Dr Gary McDowell

Gary McDowell is August’s “F1000 Specialist of the Month”. He is the Executive Director of the Future of Research nonprofit and a resident at the Manylabs open science skunkworks in San Francisco, where he works to support junior scientists advocating for changes to the scientific system.

F1000 Specialists are PhD students, postdocs, clinicians and researchers who help their colleagues use F1000PrimeF1000Workspace and F1000Research, and spread the word about F1000 within their institutes. If you’d like to become an F1000 Specialist yourself, you can sign up here.

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“My journey as an F1000 Specialist helped me discover more about Open Science.”

Dr. Vinodh Ilangovan

Dr. Vinodh Ilangovan

Vinodh Ilangovan is July’s “F1000 Specialist of the Month”. He currently works as a Graduate Research Fellow in the Department of Genes and Behavior at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, Germany. In addition to being an F1000 Specialist, he also acts as an Open Access Ambassador at the Max Planck Society.

F1000 Specialists are PhD students, postdocs, clinicians and researchers who help their colleagues use F1000Prime, F1000Workspace and F1000Research, and spread the word about F1000 within their institutes. If you’d like to become an F1000 Specialist yourself, you can sign up here. Continue reading

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Peer Review Week 2016

243202_final-artwork-900x300Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, we are delighted to announce that the 2nd Peer Review Week will be held from 19th to 25th September 2016.

Peer Review Week is a global event celebrating the essential role that peer review plays in maintaining scientific quality. The event brings together individuals, institutions, and organizations committed to sharing the central message that good peer review, whatever shape or form it might take, is critical to scholarly communications.

This year’s theme is Recognition for Review, exploring all aspects of how those participating in review activity – in publishing, grant review, conference submissions, promotion and tenure, and more – should be recognized for their contribution. Continue reading

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Another Candle On The Cake!

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F1000Prime celebrates its 15th birthday and so, to celebrate this auspicious occasion, Steven Lokwan, Director of Operations, takes a nostalgic trip down memory lane to reminisce on how we got to where we are today.

Steven Lokwan

Steven Lokwan

My, how quickly time passes! It’s hard to believe, but there was a time before F1000Prime or, as we knew it in the early days – Faculty of 1000 Biology. For those too young to remember, it was when a 56k dial-up internet connection was considered cutting edge and the humble fax machine still had pride of place in the office, but more on that later…

The aim of Faculty of 1000 Biology was, as it still is today in our current form as F1000Prime, to sing the praises of research by systematically and comprehensively highlighting the best articles based on the opinion of a peer-nominated Faculty comprising 1000 of the world’s most prestigious scientists — see, the name did make sense back then — though it quickly became apparent that, even for launch, we’d need a few more than a ‘mere’ 1000 Faculty Members to fully cover all fields.

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‘You can always learn more from good advice than a good result.’

Dr Maria-Paz Ramos

Dr Maria-Paz Ramos

Maria-Paz Ramos is June’s “F1000 Specialist of the Month”. She obtained her PhD in Biomedical Sciences at Einstein in NYC, working on stem cells and epigenetic transcriptional regulation. After living in the US for 8 years, she went back to Chile in order to contribute to the science progression in her country. 

F1000 Specialists are PhD students, postdocs, clinicians and researchers who help their colleagues use F1000Prime, F1000Workspace and F1000Research, and spread the word about F1000 within their institutes. If you’d like to become an F1000 Specialist yourself, you can sign up here.

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