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Publons Update 7 - January 10th 2014

Well, hello and a happy new year! We wish you a brilliant, constructive and inspiring 2014 :)

Publons news

We've got some very exciting new partnerships in the works, so stay tuned for more news!

Also! We've listened to your feedback, and this newsletter will be moving from weekly to fortnightly.

New Reviews

Oxidative stress and hepatitis C virus

An excerpt from Khezar Hayat's review: "After reading the paper, one can easily concludes that the paper encourages readers to research in the field of hepatitis and its therapeutic strategies. Clarity of the paper is worthy of consideration."

Reducing the contact time of a bouncing drop

An excerpt from Geoff Willmott's review: "The paper has good overall significance due to the novelty of the low recorded contact time, the demonstration that the phenomenon is general to a range of surfaces (Fig. 4), and the fact that drop splashes are inherently of high aesthetic and practical interest.

Two issues relating to significance deserve some comment."

We're really excited to say that both of these reviews have already been given enough endorsements to have their DOIs, too!

Improving command selection with CommandMaps

An excerpt from Matthew Bett's review:* "Structurally the paper is sound, and builds firmly upon existing research done in the application of spatial knowledge and hierarchal menus. The main concerns are with the methods used to within the studies in the paper, and its findings."*

Acute intoxication by synthetic cannabinoids - Four case reports

An excerpt from Hilary Hamnett's review: "This paper is timely and will be very helpful to other forensic toxicologists working in the field who are currently struggling to interpret the results of synthetic cannabinoid tests in a meaningful way.

It will also assist at the science-policy interface, by providing evidence to politicians, health professionals and potential users that these drugs are dangerous."

New Papers and Discussions

Declining NAD+ Induces a Pseudohypoxic State Disrupting Nuclear-Mitochondrial Communication during Aging

An excerpt from Aimee Whitcroft and Usman Paracha's discussion: "Cue conversation about ageing and society…However, I wonder whether, as a society, we're ready for easily extended lifetimes?"

Meditation Programs for Psychological Stress and Well-being

Clinicians should be aware that meditation programs can result in small to moderate reductions of multiple negative dimensions of psychological stress. Thus, clinicians should be prepared to talk with their patients about the role that a meditation program could have in addressing psychological stress.

Clinical effects of Helicobacter pylori outside the stomach

The discovery of Helicobacter pylori infection in the stomach could be considered as one of the most important events of modern gastroenterology…Interestingly, epidemiological studies have also revealed a correlation between H. pylori infection and some diseases localized outside the stomach, especially those characterized by persistent and low-grade systemic inflammation.

Common polymorphism in the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) is associated with human social recognition skills

The capacity to remember faces previously seen is strikingly variable between individuals, and differences in that skill are also highly heritable, implying that genetic variation exerts an important influence. Research with rodents has shown the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) plays a critical role in conspecific recognition.

Body Image and Appearance-Related Feedback: Recall, Judgment, and Affective Response

Women viewed one of two videotaped vignettes designed to assess the effects of appearance-related feedback on a variety of recall and subjective distress indices.


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. You can also check out the Activity Stream to see the latest reviews and discussions.

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 - have a great weekend!

Yours in science,

The Publons Team

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