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Publons Update 12 - March 21st 2014

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

Publons News

It's been a couple of weeks of exciting changes! Super secret squirrely stuff is still happening behind the scenes following Andrew's triumphal return (and we'll be telling you more in the near future), but what we CAN tell you is that we've had two new additions join our staff.

Rudi Theunissen will be in charge of all things design, leading the charge to make your experience of the Publons website a truly inspiring and engaging one.

Pablo Hernandez-Cerdan is our PhD intern, fresh from the hallowed halls of the MacDiarmid Institute. He's generally in charge of helping make Publons awesome, while sucking up as much knowledge as he can about business and startups.

And, if you've ever wondered what life at Publons might look out, wonder no more! Featuring barbecues, fluffies and more.

New Reviews

Deconstructing the Touch Experience

An excerpt from Matthew Betts's review: 'This study showed that people enjoy and are better at a game designed for touch on touch interfaces than using a mouse. It would be interesting to compare this study to another domain (which the authors mention on the last page) that favours the mouse instead.'

Enzymatic Synthesis of Ascorbyl Palmitate in Organic Solvents: Process Optimization and Kinetic Evaluation

An excerpt from Gene A. Bunin's review: 'The paper essentially considers finding the optimal experimental conditions for the production of ascorbyl palmitate, an antioxidant food additive…The antioxidant examined in the paper has a significant industrial role and so there seems to be little reason to contest the significance of the problem itself, as optimizing its production appears to be a worthy task.'

Continuining with last Update's new initiative, we wanted to profile another reviewer!

Introducing Rafael Santos, from the University of Leuven in Belgium.

Rafael is a brand new user who discovered us and has been going gangbusters adding his pre-publication reviews to his profile! You can see his profile by clicking on his hyperlinked name, above.

We think he's a brilliant example of how one can get credit for one's pre-pub review work, and stay tuned - those reviews will all be verified soon, as part of the service we offer all our users!

New Papers

We've had numerous new papers added to the site over the last two weeks, and they're all eminently worth of review and discussion. They include:
REST and stress resistance in ageing and Alzheimer's disease

…REST levels during ageing are closely correlated with cognitive preservation and longevity. Thus, the activation state of REST may distinguish neuroprotection from neurodegeneration in the ageing brain.

Association of Dietary, Circulating, and Supplement Fatty Acids With Coronary Risk

Current evidence does not clearly support cardiovascular guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats.

Extinct New Zealand megafauna were not in decline before human colonization

Our analyses consolidate the disappearance of moa as the most rapid, human-facilitated megafauna extinction documented to date.

Polyhedra Self-Assembled from DNA Tripods and Characterized with 3D DNA-PAINT

We report a simple, general strategy for one-step self-assembly of wireframe DNA polyhedra that are more massive than most previous structures.


And that's it for this week - of course, there's lots more activity from last two weeks, and you can see it all on our Latest Content page. 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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