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Publons Update 4 - December 9th 2013

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

Publons news

Well, it's officially time. We know our update is slightly late this time around, but we promise it's worth it!

Those of you who have visited the site in the last couple of days will have noticed some changes. We've refreshed the home and 'How It works' pages, and add the 'Stream' activity page. But wait! There's more!

Record your pre-publication peer review

We've added the ability for you to record your pre-publication ('pre-pub') peer review work. This is work we know many of you already do, but for which there hasn't, up until now, been a way to be credited. And because we're partnering with journals, your pre-pub peer review work will be validated, proving that the work is yours.

Of course, there's another side to this - journals can also validate their pre-pub peer review through us, too.

This has two major benefits:

1) You will be able to use your pre-pub peer reviews as an official part of your resumé, which will be especially useful in hiring and promotion decisions.

2) Journals (both open access and paywalled) will be able to prove the quality of the peer reviews behind their published papers. They've borne the brunt of numerous recent attacks - remember the recent Science 'sting'? - calling the quality of their pre-pub peer review quality into question by showing that the journals publish dodgy papers. Validating these reviews through us will ensure a high standard of quality is maintained, and can be proven.

We understand that most pre-pub peer reviews are not for general eyes. As a result, these peer reviews will not, unless you so choose, be published. Instead, the existing types of pre-publication peer review - including closed, blind and double-blind - will be maintained. The difference is that you can now upload and show a record of your pre-publication work.

We'd like to encourage you all to head over to Publons and add some (or all!) of your pre-pub peer review work - we can't wait to see how impressive your portfolios are going to look! And keep an eye out; we're pulling in PeerJ reviews, too.

And if you want a couple of examples, head over to check out the pre-pub reviews and manuscript versions of this F1000Research paper on E. coli in retail chicken, and this full-length pre-pub review of this PeerJ paper on BRCA testing.

Have more questions? Read our media release.

New Reviews

The Strain Derivatives of Tc in HgBa2CuO4+δ: CuO2 Plane Alone is Not Enough

An excerpt from Ben Mallet's review: This paper contributes to the ongoing task of relating superconducting properties (such as the transition temperature, Tc) with chemical/physical structural properties in the high-temperature superconducting cuprates. The cuprates are metal-oxides, usually containing at least four distinct elements, which are often prone to non-stochiometry, disorder or some structural quirk.

Rendering discrete random media using precomputed scattering solutions

An excerpt from Eugene d'Eon's review: I think this is a highly undercited work that will be quite significant for the rendering community in coming years as we employ more sophisticated statistical tools to author increasingly realistic scenes that our rendering algorithms have a chance of rendering in a reasonable amount of time (and memory).

New Papers

Who Needs Cream and Sugar When There Is Eco-Labeling? Taste and Willingness to Pay for "Eco-Friendly" Coffee

Eco labels not only promote a willingness to pay more for the product but also lead to a more favorable perceptual experience of it.

A mitochondrial genome sequence of a hominin from Sima de los Huesos

The skeletal remains share a number of morphological features with fossils classified as Homo heidelbergensis and also display distinct Neanderthal-derived traits. Here we determine an almost complete mitochondrial genome sequence of a hominin from Sima de los Huesos and show that it is closely related to the lineage leading to mitochondrial genomes of Denisovans, an eastern Eurasian sister group to Neanderthals. Our results pave the way for DNA research on hominins from the Middle Pleistocene.

Sex differences in the structural connectome of the human brain

Sex differences are of high scientific and societal interest because of their prominence in behavior of humans and nonhuman species. This work is highly significant because it studies a very large population of 949 youths (8-22 y, 428 males and 521 females) using the diffusion-based structural connectome of the brain, identifying novel sex differences.

27-Hydroxycholesterol Links Hypercholesterolemia and Breast Cancer Pathophysiology

Hypercholesterolemia is a risk factor for estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancers and is associated with a decreased response of tumors to endocrine therapies. Here, we show that 27-hydroxycholesterol (27HC), a primary metabolite of cholesterol and an ER and liver X receptor (LXR) ligand, increases ER-dependent growth and LXR-dependent metastasis in mouse models of breast cancer.

China's Publication Bazaar

Science has exposed a thriving academic black market in China involving shady agencies, corrupt scientists, and compromised editors-many of them operating in plain view. The commodity: papers in journals indexed by Thomson Reuters' Science Citation Index, Thomson Reuters' Social Sciences Citation Index, and Elsevier's Engineering Index.

New Press

Revolutionary web-based peer review platform - Publons

Fearless leaders Andrew Preston and Daniel Johnston made an appearance this week in NZEntrepreneurs magazine - head on over to the article to check it out!

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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