Author Topic: GUIDELINES - HOW TO POST REFERENCES  (Read 1572 times)

mellivora

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GUIDELINES - HOW TO POST REFERENCES
« on: January 06, 2012, 05:18:04 PM »
Hi everyone,
We're trying to collect and organise references to research articles and papers in a better way. This will make it easier for us all to collect and find info and, importantly, will give any medical professionals wishing to research POIS a headstart.

Categories have been created (you can create more as needed -please use capitals for the category/topic heading) under which references relevant to that category are posted. Whilst it can be time-consuming, where possible it would be good to stick to a pretty standard layout when quoting references. If you can get something close to the following or at least provide most of this information it will help us keep track of references, avoid posting the same reference over and over etc....

The standard way of referencing a scientific paper (though there are subtle variations on this theme) is like this:

AUTHOR, YEAR PUBLISHED, TITLE OF PAPER, JOURNAL IT WAS PUBLISHED IN, ISSUE NUMBER AND PAGES OF JOURNAL

for example for one of the Niacin articles:

Kamanna, V.S. et al (2009) The mechanism and mitigation of niacin-induced flushing, International Journal of Clinical Practice, 63(9): 1369–1377

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2779993/
(link to full article)

As a minimum if you can at least give the date of the paper and title of the paper together with a link (if its online) that would be great. Sometimes online articles only have an abstract (summary of the article) available. that's fine and you might even want to post the abstract. However, I think we should try to keep things from getting to unwieldy (ie posting full articles and lots of comments) in this section of the forum to make it easy to find articles we want to read and that researchers might find useful. If there is more than one author you can just write the first and then "et al" as in the example above ("et al" means "and all/everyone else").

You can have a look at the NIACIN category to see some more examples that have been posted

Of course you can also post links to other internet articles here which might be relevant but aren't necessarily scientific papers. in this case the title of the article and a link to it will suffice. You might add a line or two about what in the article is particularly relevant but please try to be brief to keep the lists of references clear and accessible. (you can always start a thread elsewhere on the forum for in-depth discussion.

I hope that makes sense and you agree with this way of maintaining and updating this reference section of the forum. Any other suggestions welcome.