Tag Archives: Writing research papers

PMean: The biggest statistics papers of all time

I’m giving a short talk about the Kaplan-Meier curve and found out an interesting fact about the 1958 paper by Edward Kaplan and Paul Meier that introduced this curve. It represents the 11th most cited research paper of all time. There’s a nice graphic in a Nature paper that allows you to review the top 100 most cited papers of all time. There are a few other statistics papers on this list as well. Continue reading

Recommended: PLOS ONE 2015 Reviewer Thank You

I reviewed a paper for PLOS One in 2014 and got a nice acknowledgment, but I also reviewed a paper for the same journal in 2015. Here’s the acknowledgment for that contribution. They’re still having a bit of trouble with alphabetization (Steve Simon should be the last “Simon” on the list, but it’s not). Still, it’s nice to have a public record of my small contribution. Continue reading

PMean: A rant about the “reader pays” model of publication

Something came up in our department about a predatory pay for access journal that was soliciting support. All the appropriate warnings were made (there’s a nice explanation of predatory open access publishing at Wikipedia, if you’re curious). But I felt that I had to made a strong defense of the value provided by legitimate open access publishers. Here’s a summary of what I wrote. Continue reading

Recommended: PLOS ONE 2014 Reviewer Thank You

I don’t do nearly enough peer reviewing, in part because it is a thankless, anonymous task. But one journal editor sent me a nice email pointing out that my name was listed along with 80,000 other reviewer names for helping out with peer review of an article in 2014 for PLOS ONE. If you click on the link on the article and go down about 61,000 lines, you’ll find my name. Caution, the list is not quite perfectly in alphabetical order (Simons and Simonton should come AFTER Simon). Continue reading

Recommended: Transparent reporting of a multivariable prediction model for individual prognosis or diagnosis (TRIPOD): the TRIPOD Statement

If you are writing up a paper that uses a complex regression model (complex meaning multiple independent variables), you need to document information that allows the reader to assess the quality of the predictions that your model would produce. This paper provides a checklist of things that you need to document in such a paper, and is an extension of the CONSORT guidelines to this particular type of research. Continue reading