Professional Media briefs: March 2014

New rules are in place for the open access resource PLOS. As of March 1 the journal is requiring all writers provide data. Academic Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Eisen (pictured) and Associate Editor Emma Ganley noted in the PLOS blog that they realize this new policy could drive away authors and that they are OK with that. Eisen and Ganley say this is the direction that funders are going in. “It's time to start ensuring that there are better lab, university and institution practices for the storage and archiving of pertinent data,” they write.

UK GPs are more likely to use search engines than pharmaceutical industry websites to find information. PMLiVE reported that the preference—which showed industry sites came after medical education materials, but before ­social media sites—came from the 2013 National Medical Readership Survey.

Elsevier is giving unpublished work a home. The publisher said in a statement that the goal of the open access MethodsX journal is to give “researchers public credit and citations,” for records that explain how they tweak methods to fit research settings, an effort that the publisher says takes up around 80% of a researcher's time.

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