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Monitoring Metrics

FemaleScienceProfessor polls her readers who have published papers to decipher whether the majority of them collect their citation statistics regularly. "Mostly I am wondering how often we are checking on our own citation data, no matter what we think of the significance (or lack thereof) of these data," she writes. Out of 469 respondents so far, 28 percent say that they check their citation statistics "as often as possible," 16 percent do it "quite regularly, but not obsessively," 41 percent examine their citations "every once in a while, when I think of it," 23 percent check them "maybe once a year, if that," and 14 percent say they never check. When asked whether they knew their h-index value, readers were divided almost evenly among "yes, I know exactly what it is," "sort of," and "no, I have no idea," with 33, 28, and 39 percent of the responses, respectively. FSP also wonders whether her fellow researchers subscribe to citation alert services to "check up on the citation data of certain colleagues, whether or not your intentions are good?"

The Scan

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

TB Resistance Insights Gleaned From Genome Sequence, Antimicrobial Response Assays

Researchers in PLOS Biology explore M. tuberculosis resistance with a combination of sequencing and assays looking at the minimum inhibitory concentrations of 13 drugs.

Mendelian Disease Genes Prioritized Using Tissue-Specific Expression Clues

Mendelian gene candidates could be flagged for further functional analyses based on tissue-specific transcriptome and proteome profiles, a new Journal of Human Genetics paper says.

Single-Cell Sequencing Points to Embryo Mosaicism

Mosaicism may affect preimplantation genetic tests for aneuploidy, a single-cell sequencing-based analysis of almost three dozen embryos in PLOS Genetics finds.