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Procedural note

Posted by rpg on 15 April, 2010

Just to let our regular readers (both of you) know that this place will be closing shortly (boo!), but all our bloggy-type content will continue to appear at Naturally Selected (yay!).

This’ll happen just as soon as a last few tweaks are made: URL redirects, happy linkage, etc. Nip over to Naturally Selected anyway, as all content is duplicated there and has been for a while. Callum and I promise to keep you entertained as usual, and we’ll also be featuring guest and The Scientist writers.

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My kind of guy

Posted by rpg on 17 February, 2010

As you might know, Steve is leaving F1000 next month. I’m going to be ever more busy with The Scientist, and so that we can continue to entertain, amuse and inform on a reasonably frequent basis, I’ve recruited my very young apprentice onto the blog team.

Callum came to us from Cases Network last year and has been doing a lot of valuable donkey-work on our journal and institutions databases. He’s also been figuring out how to get our stuff into PubMed Central, which is why he’s a firm believer in the maxim XML is like violence: if it’s not solving all your problems, you’re not using enough of it. He will be writing about evaluations that catch his eye, and other newsworthy bits and pieces.

This is Callum’s first time blogging, so please make him feel welcome.

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On the run—15Jan10

Posted by rpg on 15 January, 2010

A quick round-up of all that’s new and approved in the world of f1000. Or at least my corner of it.

M’learned colleague Steve P is in North Carolina today, hobnobbing with the geeks at Science Online 2010. I decided not to go because I’d done quite a bit of travelling just before Christmas (admittedly not as much as last year), and having had a bit of a nightmare November personally, frankly I thought could do without the hassle.

However, those of you who are disappointed at not seeing me (hah!) will get their chance at the London equivalent of Science Online, Solo10. Yup, following the success of Science Blogging 2008 and Solo09 (not to mention Fringe Frivolous), we’re doing it again this year! I know this because I met with the inestimable Lou Woodley earlier today, along with Matt Brown and the Mendeley guys (and Martin Fenner by Skype), to discuss dates and all sorts of necessary weevils.

The programme is of course a mere glimmer in the distant sky, but I can tell you we’re looking at a two day (Friday/Saturday) event, and there will be a large collaborative component (indeed, we reckon that we can devote the Saturday morning to an ad hoc unconference). So there’s plenty of scope for plenary and parallel sessions, and you should start thinking about what you’d like to do/see. Matt Brown is likely to be running some pre-conference pub-crawls events, and we’re hoping to have a fringe pre-conference again (although I’m making no promises about me and Flip cameras, one way or the other).

Keep an eye on the Science Online London website,  and I’ll let you know about hashtags and whatnot in due course.

While in Crinan Street I was able to meet with Ian Mulvany (the brains behind Connotea) and discuss a couple more projects. First, he showed me what’s in store for the users of Nature Network: we’re getting MT4! This is a long-anticipated improvement in the platform there, and has acquired something of a mythical status. But I saw it!—on the staging server, at least.

The second thing is a little more ephemeral. I’m not at liberty to say much about it, but wouldn’t it be cool if you read an article in your favourite journal, saw that it had been evaluated on f1000, and could make a comment? And that comment then appeared next to the evaluation on f1000? Or maybe you could read an evaluation on f1000 and see what people were saying about that paper all over the web, and join in the conversation?

Like Google Sidewiki, but done properly?


Other things that have happened this week include us sending test data to PubMed Central. You can draw your own conclusions from that little snippet of information.  I’ve also spent quite a bit of time writing and polishing a press release about Sarah Greene. More on that next week; it’s now time to take our Dev team to the pub, methinks.

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That’s the way

Posted by rpg on 1 October, 2009

One of the great things about my job is that I see into many aspects of the publishing juggernaut that is Faculty of 1000. So not only am I privy to what Sales and Marketing get up to (this morning, for example, they were making up new words to Christmas Carols*), but I can also poke the orc-driven cogs of Isengard.

Or ‘Development’, as we call it in-house.

Hidden deep within the SNG intranet are a couple of wikis, which we use to keep each other informed, and collaborate on documents, etc. I discovered the Development wiki a couple of weeks ago, and while most of it is full of fascinating tips on how to use Velocity Macros to stop dirty little hobbits from throwing spanners into the fires of Barad-dûr, there’s the occasional gem such as

XML is like violence: if it’s not solving all your problems, you’re not using enough of it.

I just thought I’d share that with you.

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Thanks for the intro

Posted by stevepog on 8 September, 2009

As mentioned, I’m the new PR Manager at f1000 and will working on some exciting promotions for the website and the company in general. To give some background, I shifted over from Australia last August and did a short stint in the wilds of local council in Dagenham before a much more interesting senior press officer job at the Medical Research Council.

My  PR history is relatively short, just under three years, owing to finding it difficult to leave my previous  career in journalism (eight years across general news and sports writing in Victoria and the Northern Territory). I occasionally miss the buzz of putting newspapers together but also love the medical research/publishing PR caper as well.

@biggerpills tweeted that PR people should shout, not whisper, which I’m in agreement with when the story warrants. PR often gets a bad rap from those who relate it solely to political spin doctoring or the stereotypical movie/music celebrity publicity reps. Like good journalists, good PROs know the stories that need to be told and do their best to get the message out there. And when it relates to news on medical advances that could save lives, the story seems well worth telling.

Feel free to get in touch if you want more news on f1000, I’m at steve dot pogonowski at f1000 dot com. I’ll be filtering any messages with keywords such as ‘Ashes victory’ straight to junk mailbox (sorry, still in denial).


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News of the world

Posted by rpg on 7 September, 2009

The desk next to me was last week occupied by a new appointment. Yay!

This is Stephen Pogonowski, who joins us from (most recently) the Medical Research Council, where he was Senior Press Officer. He’ll be handling our (whisper it softly) PR for us. And hopefully ramping up the content here and on Twitter. And working with me on Facebook and Linkedin in, too. Shh: he doesn’t know that yet, of course.

Steve is no stranger to blogging, and I’m hoping he’ll tell you all about himself. I’m now off to set up his account…

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Who are you?

Posted by rpg on 28 July, 2009

Who are we?

We’re the Faculty of 1000. We specialize in post-publication peer review. What this means is that we publish brief summaries of what our Faculty think are interesting, exciting, or otherwise noteworthy published articles in the biomedical literature. That’s the ‘post-publication’ and ‘review’ bits.

The Faculty consists of about 5,000 senior scientists and clinicians around the world. They are respected and authoritative within their specialties and disciplines. That’s the ‘peer’ bit. They are assisted by ‘Associate’ Faculty; less senior people (say, experienced post-docs) within the Faculty Member’s group. Associate Faculty are crucial to our scanning project, which I should talk about in a future blog entry.

I am F1000’s ‘Information Architect’. Essentially, I run the web-side service of F1000. Until March 2009 I was an active research scientist, and you can find some (out-dated, whoops) information about me on my personal website, and follow some random bloggy goodness at Nature Network.

Feel free to email me—richard.grant at f1000.com—or leave a comment here, if you have any feedback. I promise to read it, even if I can’t respond immediately. You can also find us on Twitter (@f1000).

Currently I’m the only one writing here and on Twitter, but I’m hoping to get more of the team on board soon.


Look, we all know it’s a jungle out here. I’d love to read your comments here, and see you following us on Twitter. But we need to keep the spammers at bay, so when you comment, if it’s your first time you’ll go into the approval queue. Subsequently, if you are legit, your comments should appear straightaway. Sorry about the inconvenience.

I recommend you read our Policy document too, especially with regard to commenting. Nothing too unusual in there, but it keeps the lawyers happy. It’s likely to develop a little as time goes on. If you’re unsure about anything, please ask here.

See you around…

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