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  • More on first and corresponding authors of Reports

    In the previous post, I outlined a method based on the r “gender” package for estimating the gender distributions for populations of authors submitting papers to Science and applied this method to look at gender distributions for authors who submitted Reports to Science. Here, I will extend this analysis to look at correlations in the genders… Read More
  • New tools for gender analysis

    Initial gender study at Science Since publishing is one of the most important measures of scientific accomplishment and a key parameter in professional advancement, the gender distributions of authors for scientific papers is a topic of considerable importance, potentially revealing informaton about gender distributions across the communities of sc… Read More
  • Towards minimal reporting standards for life sciences

    Transparency in reporting benefits scientific communication on many levels. While specific needs and expectations vary across fields, the effective use of research findings relies on the availability of core information about research materials, data, and analysis. These are the underlying principles that led to the design of the TOP guidelines, w… Read More
  • Research output as a function of grant support: The scatter matters

    The announcement that the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is considering using the level of extant research funding, measured by the so-called Grant Support Index (previously called the Research Commitment Index), to cap grant support to individual principal investigators (PIs) has triggered much discussion (see, for example, Lauer, Kaiser… Read More
  • Modeling the growth of opioid overdose deaths

    In his recent editorial Forecasting the opioid epidemic, Don Burke discussed the rise in opioid addiction in the United States and pointed to the need for data openness and analysis in developing strategies and policies to help mitigate this epidemic. Burke and his co-workers have now posted a preprint on bioRxiv, Exponential Growth of the USA… Read More
  • Gender analysis of Science authors

    When I started as editor-in-chief in July 2016, I was pleased to learn that the editorial team were working on a project to examine the gender distribution among individuals who published and submitted papers to Science. This project was initiated by our executive editor and our team of deputy editors with the help of two interns, Georgina… Read More
  • Science family journal content analysis

    Computational tools for extracting relationships from text (often referred to as “natural language processing” tools) are increasingly powerful. Here, I analyze the content of a series of abstract from members of the Science family of journals using a natural language package in R called quenteda. The approach begins with a relatively l… Read More
  • Modeling the annual number of NIH research grant applications

    In an earlier post, I outlined a model for the success rates of NIH grant applications based on the history of NIH appropriations. Because the success rate is defined as the ratio of grants awarded to the number of grant applications reviewed, this model consists of two components. The first component is a model for the… Read More
  • Modeling the annual number of new and competing NIH research project grants

    In my most recent post, I outlined a model that allows estimation of National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant success rates based on the NIH appropriation history. This model has two components: a model that estimates the number of new and competing grants and a model that estimates the number of grant applications submitted to compete… Read More