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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

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.