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November 19, 2005

Science 2.0 - How To Guide to CiteULike

As the world flattens, people-to-people and machine-to-machine communication becomes standardized and efficient, how do we as scientists find new ways to plug into this new infrastructure and collaborate with each other in the 21st century?

An article at OpenWetWare talks about the emergence of Science 2.0. See the accompanying brainstorming Wiki for even more inspiring ideas.

Britannica Online-->Wikipedia
Science 1.0-->2.0

Some drawbacks of the current situation
  • There is only one main level of information dissemination: peer-reviewed, highly polished summaries of work in journals.

  • ...
  • Current publishing approaches do not encourage open feedback and reviews of work.

Pubmed --> Faculty of 1000 --> Cite-U-Like

What is CiteULike? Like del.icio.us, CiteULike is a social bookmarking service. But it is specifically tailored to academic discussions. Mechanisms are in place to automatically create records of journal articles, tag them, and discuss them with other users of CiteULike. Connotea is a similar service hosted by the Nature Publishing Group. But the CiteULike website is more responsive, its user interface more intuitive, and its comment system more amenable to public discussions.

I have created groups in CiteULike where we could review and discuss recent articles in evidence-based medicine and randomized clinical trials methodology.

To get started:

  1. Register at CiteULike

  2. Install the bookmarklet on this page appropriate for your machine. Make sure to bookmark it into a toolbar for easy 1-click access.

  3. Go to the PubMed page of the article you want to comment on, and click the bookmarklet button

  4. Tag this post, leave public or private notes, and even upload your PDF file for later access.

  5. Go to the CiteULike groups page to join discussion groups. If you'd like, join the groups Evidence-based-medicine, Randomized-clinical-trials-methodology, and/or Randomized-clinical-trials-review

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