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The Beauty of Open Access: Playing with Data

Lars Juhl Jensen at Buried Treasure offers an analytical blog post following up on data released by PLoS. Jensen took these article level metrics and filtered them by categories such as bookmarks, citations, downloads, and more. Among his results, Jensen writes, "the strong correlations between Downloads and other metrics disappear almost completely after normalization. I think this adds an interesting twist to the debate on whether Open Access papers are more likely to be cited than other papers." He adds, "Ratings correlates very poorly with every other metric. Combined with the low number of ratings, this makes me wonder if the option to rate papers on the journal web sites is all that useful."

The Scan

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.

Study Highlights Pitfall of Large Gene Panels in Clinical Genomic Analysis

An analysis in Genetics in Medicine finds that as gene panels get larger, there is an increased chance of uncovering benign candidate variants.

Single-Cell Atlas of Drosophila Embryogenesis

A new paper in Science presents a single-cell atlas of fruit fly embryonic development over time.

Phage Cocktail Holds Promise for IBD

Researchers uncovered a combination phage therapy that targets Klebsiella pneumonia strains among individuals experiencing inflammatory bowel disease flare ups, as they report in Cell.