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Publons Update 5 - December 13th 2013

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

Publons news

Following our announcement earlier this week, we don't have any 'new' news. But we'd like to remind you that we're reworked the site, and included the ability to add pre-publication peer reviews to publons and to your profiles!

And these pre-pub review will be validated, proving that the work is yours.


For more about this, and why we think it will 'make researchers look awesome', see our media release.

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.

New Reviews

Head over to Browse>Reviews to see the reviews we've been pulling in from places like PeerJ!

New Papers

Bibliometrics: Global gender disparities in science

We find that in the most productive countries, all articles with women in dominant author positions receive fewer citations than those with men in the same positions.

Scattering Amplitudes and the Positive Grassmannian

We establish a direct connection between scattering amplitudes in planar four-dimensional theories and a remarkable mathematical structure known as the positive Grassmannian.

Scientists have reported the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that, according to Wired, 'dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental components of reality.'

Ultrafast endocytosis at mouse hippocampal synapses

To sustain neurotransmission, synaptic vesicles and their associated proteins must be recycled locally at synapses.

Migration of the subtropical front as a modulator of glacial climate

We show hence that the degree of northwards migration of the STF can partially decouple global climate from atmospheric partial pressure of carbon dioxide, pCO2, and help to resolve the long-standing puzzle of differing glacial amplitudes within a consistent range of atmospheric pCO2.

Prevalence of antibiotic-resistant E. coli in retail chicken: comparing conventional, organic, kosher, and …

We examined the occurrence of antibiotic-resistant E. coli on raw chicken marketed as conventional, organic, kosher and RWA.

How long is a piece of loop?

Following the idea that loop span is an independent local property, we investigate its effect on protein loop structure prediction and show how normalised span (loop stretch) is related to the structural complexity of loops.


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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