PubMed Commons, new comments section for papers in pubmed
Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:14 pm
Pubmed just launched the pilot phase of PubMed commons, "a system that enables researchers to share their opinions about scientific publications". If it is used responsibly this could be incredibly valuable. Most of the time I skim abstracts to see if a paper contains relevant info I am looking for. But given the nature of scientific writing these can sometimes be pretty tough to penetrate. I think personal comments could help here. They might also help reveal important findings that I didn't notice the first time I read a paper. It will also be fascinating (perhaps not in a good way) to see what people say about your own papers. In any case, it will be interesting to see where this goes.