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Publons Update 6 - December 20th 2013

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

Publons news

We're excited to announce yet another step toward our goal of becoming the place where all of science is evaluated.

Publons partners with Altmetric: quantity AND quality

As of January 2014, Altmetric - whose mission is to "track and analyse the online activity around scholarly literature" - will be importing and displaying metadata from both pre- and post-publication peer reviews from Publons.

At present, Altmetric allows authors to see, in real time, the attention that their papers are getting. Coming out of the burgeoning altmetrics ('alternative metrics') movement, it also allows people to see the impact papers are having above and beyond simple citation data.

You can read more (including about our API) over on the Publons blog. We've also started posting our updates there, in case you'd like to share with your friends and accidentally deleted one from your inbox!

Other goodness

Publons member (and reviewer!) Chris Gorgolewski blogged about post-publication peer review and some of the companies in the space at present, including some pretty positive stuff about us. Thanks, Chris!

This week, founder Andrew Preston also sat down and spoke with startup accelerator Lightning Lab about passion-market fit, and what he and co-founder Daniel Johnston are trying to incorporate into the DNA of Publons.

New Reviews

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

New Papers

The affective profiles in the USA: happiness, depression, life satisfaction, and happiness-increasing strategies

These differences suggest that promoting positive emotions can positively influence a depressive-to-happy state as well as increasing life satisfaction. Moreover, the present study shows that pursuing happiness through strategies guided by agency, communion, and spirituality is related to a self-fulfilling experience described as high positive affect and low negative affect.

A feasibility open trial of internet-delivered cognitive-behavioural therapy (iCBT) among consumers of a non-governmental health organisation with anxiety

To date the efficacy and acceptability of internet-delivered cognitive behavioural treatments (iCBT) has been examined in clinical trials and specialist facilities. The present study reports the acceptability, feasibility and preliminary efficacy of an established iCBT treatment course (the Wellbeing Course) administered by a not-for-profit non-governmental organisation, the Mental Health Association (MHA) of New South Wales, to consumers with symptoms of anxiety.

Biomass use, production, feed efficiencies, and greenhouse gas emissions from global livestock systems

We present a unique, biologically consistent, spatially disaggregated global livestock dataset containing information on biomass use, production, feed efficiency, excretion, and greenhouse gas emissions for 28 regions, 8 livestock production systems, 4 animal species (cattle, small ruminants, pigs, and poultry), and 3 livestock products (milk, meat, and eggs).

Effect of congenital blindness on the semantic representation of some everyday concepts

This study explores how the lack of first-hand experience with color, as a result of congenital blindness, affects implicit judgments about "higher-order" concepts, such as "fruits and vegetables" (FV), but not others, such as "household items" (HHI).

Open is Not Enough. Let's Take the Next Step: An Integrated, Community-Driven Computing Platform for Neuroscience

EXCERPT: …collecting these resources into a centralized clearing-house addresses only one necessary aspect on the way to a sustainable software ecosystem for neuroscience - availability. Unfortunately it does not ensure ease of deployment, nor does it offer a sustainable model for long-term maintenance.


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.

And that's it for this week, except to wish you the merriest of holiday seasons :)

Have a great weekend, and an even better Christmas and New Year!

Yours in science,

The Publons Team

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