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New Data: A de-identified database of 11,979 verbal autopsy open-ended responses

There is a new sort of publication model in Global Health, and I just gave it a try (editor’s note: just = in the last year). Gates Open Research offers “author-led publication and open peer review”, and is available now to Gates Foundation-funded researchers.

I used it to publish a Data Note, which is a dataset together with a short description of what is in the dataset.

Have a look here: https://gatesopenresearch.org/articles/2-18/v1

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Aww, that’s sweet of them

Abraham Flaxman
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases Reviewer (2014)

May 2015

Dear Abraham,

On behalf of PLOS and the PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases editorial team, I would like to thank you for participating in the peer review process this past year at PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases We very much appreciate your valuable input in 2014. We know there are many claims on your time and expertise but with your help, we have continued to publish an influential, lively and highly accessed Open Access journal. Simply put, we could not do it without you and the thousands of other volunteers for PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and the other PLOS journals who graciously contributed time reviewing manuscripts.

A public “Thank You” to our 2014 reviewers – including you – was published in February 2015.
(2015) PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2014 Reviewer Thank You. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 9(2): e0003621. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0003621


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Gates Foundation and Open Access

This news crossed my desk recently, about the Gates Foundation pushing forward open access (OA) in 2015:

Interesting local OA news, although not UW of course. The Gates Foundation is implementing a OA mandate as of January 1, 2015:


It’s a very progressive and strong policy. No opt-out, no embargo, no restricted access, etc. I like the open data element, which is also a step beyond typical OA policies, and relevant to reproducibility.

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