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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences joins SocialCite pilot

Momentum growing around new quality metric

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Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

NEEDHAM, MA – STRIATUS/JBJS, Inc., which offers the new qualitative citation measurement product SocialCite, is proud to announce that the National Academy of Sciences, with their journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), has joined the publishers participating in the pilot phase of SocialCite, which runs through 2014. The Academy joins Rockefeller University Press, the Genetics Society of America, and the American Physiological Society in the pilot.

Citations are recognized as a key measure of the impact of a scholarly publication. Yet, currently citations include no information about the reason a paper is cited or the quality of evidence being cited. SocialCite uses the existing citation network—the citation linkages between papers plus researchers who interact with the literature—to measure the appropriateness and evidence strength of a citation.

By participating in SocialCite, participating publishers can offer their readers, researchers, and authors a free tool they can use to rate citations and track these citations and the journals they use through a free dashboard. In addition, the editors and publishers at these prestigious journals will have free access to journal-specific dashboards that will give them tools to evaluate the quality of reference lists and benchmark against other journals in the field.

"Interest and momentum keep growing around the SocialCite pilot," said Kent Anderson, CEO/Publisher at STRIATUS/JBJS, Inc. "PNAS has always been a leader in online publishing practices. It's great to have them participating in the pilot."

"SocialCite is an interesting experiment, and this is the right time for us to support it," said Diane Sullenberger, Executive Editor of PNAS. "We believe that initiatives designed to differentiate quality and to help readers and researchers discover fruitful new paths are vital to helping our scientists advance their ideas."


About SocialCite: SocialCite is a new workflow tool that interacts with and improves the citation network by providing a new quality metric. By offering readers the opportunity to rate the usefulness and appropriateness of a citation, SocialCite empowers readers, engages them further with the scientific literature, and provides tools for them to provide feedback about the validity and relevance of citations. Through this process, SocialCite reframes the conversation around citation metrics to a new focus on measures of quality and care at the article, author, and journal levels.

About STRIATUS/JBJS, Inc.: STRIATUS/JBJS, Inc., produces a family of print and online publications and learning products, all related to the field of orthopaedics. Publications include The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, JBJS Case Connector, JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques, and JBJS Reviews. The flagship publication, The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, traces its origins back to the 1889 Transactions of the American Orthopedic Association, and is the gold standard in peer-reviewed scientific information in the field of orthopaedics. STRIATUS/JBJS, Inc., also produces online Continuing Medical Education activities.

About the National Academy of Sciences: The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research. The flagship NAS journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), is one of the world's most-cited multidisciplinary scientific serials. PNAS publishes cutting-edge research reports, commentaries, reviews, perspectives, and colloquium papers spanning the biological, physical, and social sciences.

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