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Publons Update 3 - Nov 29th 2013

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

Publons news

Stay tuned some more

The Overlords have been in touch, and said that we can safely say that some very exciting developments will go live next week - keep an eye out for the message from us when they do!

New Reviews

Scholarship: Beyond the paper

An excerpt from Walter R. C. Somerville's review, which has a corking 10 endorsements! This article contains some serious errors, and while many in the field acknowledge them as errors, some of the erroneous claims are still repeated by some. This is despite many more recent papers which have used more reliable methods, and is a result of this paper's high Impact/Quality ratio.

Atomic actions - molecular experience

An excerpt from Mark Wilcox's review: This paper very clearly provides a theoretical base for what was at the time a genre that had barely been experimented with. It successfully introduced a number of key ideas that have helped define a type of game and media.

New Discussions

Who's Afraid of Peer Review?

Excerpt: But where is the control group covering traditional journals? Oops! That's a pretty basic tenet of experimental design. Bit of a slip up there for one of the two most famous journals in the world!

Not a brand new discussion, certainly, but an interesting one! What are your thoughts on the matter?

New Papers

We've had numerous new papers added to the site this week. They include:

Puzzling accretion onto a black hole in the ultraluminous X-ray source M 101 ULX-1

The authors suggest that M 101 ULX-1 is driven by a black hole accreting gas from the wind of a companion star, a mechanism that had previously been rejected on the grounds that it was thought too slow for the purpose.

Superconductivity and the Pseudogap in the Two-Dimensional Hubbard Model

Recently developed numerical methods have enabled the explicit construction of the superconducting state of the Hubbard model of strongly correlated electrons in parameter regimes where the model also exhibits a pseudogap and a Mott insulating phase.

Bacterial natural transformation by highly fragmented and damaged DNA

We show that naturally competent environmental bacteria can take up such degraded DNA and incorporate it into their genomes, including DNA from a 43,000-y-old woolly mammoth boneā€¦Hence damaged and degraded DNA may be a previous unrecognized driver of bacterial evolution with implications for evolutionary theory.

And that's it for this week - of course, there are plenty more new papers for you to review, follow and discuss, and if you can't find one you like, we've made sure it's easy to import papers! As always, please do keep in touch - we'd love to hear from you with comments, questions and thoughts.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in science,

The Publons Team

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