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Icy: More Excellent free Microscopy software !


ICY is some great free software that goes extends beyond image J and provides some more advanced tools and a nicer GUI.

There are also a heap of cool plugins available including a new one called Active cell, which makes it quick and easy to outline a cell in either 2D or 3D !  There is also a nice review of this plugin here.


Cool science video: Garvan Strikes Back

Bit of fun, hope you enjoy

ORCID – Distinguishing you from others with similar names


A new service called ORCID has just been launched, with the lofty goal of trying to help distinguish researchers with the same name from each other.

As a person with a fairly common name this would be fantastic, as it is often frustrating trying to wade thru PubMed trying to find my papers by author name alone.
Most of the big players in Science Publishing are already on board, so it looks like this could be a winning centralised source of info in the not to distant future.

You can register here: https://orcid.org/register

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Free iOS Mitosis App

Mitosis App

Just found this excellent iPhone/iPod App which is all about mitosis. Great for beginners and anyone interested in this amazing biological process.

Best of all its free…. go check it out over at www.mitosisapp.com.
Or Download it from iTunes [here

2011 Journal Impact Factors



The 2011 Impact Factors from ISI Web of Science are now out. Here is the update list of some of the most common cell biology can cancer research journals.



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Journal Impact Factors 2010 – ISI and SJR

IF 2010

UPDATE: The 2011 Impact Factors are out you can see them [here]

Here are the updated 2010 Impact Factors (Both SCImago SJR and ISI Web of Knowledge) for some of the more popular Cell biology Journals.

I have also included the raw data in a table below. Read More…

Journal Impact Factors 2009


UPDATE: 2010 Impact Factors are now online.  You can grab the latest here

Here is a nice visual graph for the latest 2009 impact factors for the most popular cell biology journals. Hope you find it useful when looking for a place to publish your fantastic results. Read More…

Journal Impact Factors: SJR vs ISI Web of Knowledge

UPDATE: 2010 Impact Factors are now online.  
You can grab the latest here
Journal Impact is/has become an ever important aspect to a researcher’s life.  Not only has publish or perish forged itself as a “law”, but continued existence is just as dependent on the quality of journal that your work gets published.  Unfortunately 2 lower publications are not worth the same as 1 higher ranked journal… nor are 5 Oncogenes equal to one Cell paper.  Regardless of if this system is correct, its our current reality, and therefore having a good visual guide to what a journals ranking is can be a huge help when preparing a manuscript. But which impact factor is the best one to go by ????

In the past the gold standard was the ISI Web of Knowledge, but now there is a new kid in town, the SJR journal & Country Rank, powered by Scopus. So which one is better? After taking a look through some of the more common journals for cell biology, I’m leaning towards the SJR, it seems to fit a bit more with my gut feeling of how good a journal is, although that is a highly unscientific measure. So I will let the graphs speak for themselves and let you decide which is better.

SCImago Journal & Country Rank powered by Scopus Impact factors

My Researcher ID


Noticed this new ResearcherID profile on the ISI Web of Knowledge website.

As far as I can tell its free to sign up and use, and is a great way to update, track, and promote your progress as a researcher.
It plugs in with the new Endnote Web feature

For more info go here:


ps Here is what my current citations look like. Not too shabby for a young fella !


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