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Publons Update 10 - February 21st 2014

Well, hello and welcome again! Time for some updates from the Publons world.

Publons News

Andrew is still adventuring, now through America, on his travels to speak with publishers and the like - we hear it's going very well! While still in Europe he got to take a few minutes out of his meeting schedule to chat with Publons user Chris Gorgolewski - you can read all about it on Chris' blog, in his post "We want to make reviewers look awesome": an interview with Andrew Preston.

New Reviews

Transformative optimisation of agricultural land use to meet future food demands

An excerpt from Gene Bunin's review: 'By providing a simple study of how such allocation could benefit food productions, the authors have taken a major first step in an important direction. I sincerely hope that there will be more.'

New Discussions

Thickness-Dependent Phase Transition and Piezoelectric Response in Textured Nb-Doped Pb(Zr 0.52 Ti 0.48 )O 3 Thin Films

An excerpt from Ben Wylie-van Eerd's discussion: 'One cannot help but wonder then if an even greater enhancement could be achieved by engineering the strain (per unit volume perhaps) such that the phase transition and resulting enhancement in d_33 would sit closer to 1 micron in thickness?'

New Papers

We've had numerous new papers added to the site this week, which are still waiting to be reviewed. They include:

An Economist's Guide to Visualizing Data

Economists who want to disseminate their research, both inside and outside the seminar room, should invest some time in thinking about how to construct compelling and effective graphics.

Texting and Walking: Strategies for Postural Control and Implications for Safety

There are concerns about the safety of texting while walking. Although evidence of negative effects of mobile phone use on gait is scarce, cognitive distraction, altered mechanical demands, and the reduced visual field associated with texting are likely to have an impact.

Fuel gain exceeding unity in an inertially confined fusion implosion

These experiments show an order-of-magnitude improvement in yield performance over past deuterium-tritium implosion experiments. We also see a significant contribution to the yield from α-particle self-heating and evidence for the 'bootstrapping' required to accelerate the deuterium-tritium fusion burn to eventually 'run away' and ignite.


And that's it for this week - of course, there's lots more activity from last two weeks, and you can see it all at publons.com/account/stream. As always, please do keep in touch! We'd love to hear from you with comments, questions and thoughts.

Yours in science,

The Publons Team

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