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Digging the Article

PLoS recently launched its article-level metrics program for all of its journals. At O'Really, Duncan Hull takes a look at the data from the top 10 papers. He says that "this is novel, interesting and potentially useful data, not currently made publicly available by other publishers."

DrdrA at Blue Lab Coats is also intrigued. "I love this feature because it reflects reality to the level of readership of a given article better and more immediately than the traditional pre-electronic media age measures such as citation rate or total citation number could," she writes.

Hull also warns that "analysing this data is not straightforward" and that "popularity and importance are not the same thing."

The Scan

Missed Early Cases

A retrospective analysis of blood samples suggests early SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been missed in the US, the New York Times reports.

Limited Journal Editor Diversity

A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist.

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.