Monday, March 8, 2010

Fellowships and training - Cochrane Library in Ireland

The Cochrane Collaboration produces systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and disseminates them in the Cochrane Library. The Health Research Board (HRB) co-funds free national access to the Cochrane Library.

Cochrane Fellowships

The HRB are offering fellowships to healthcare practitioners, researchers, academics and policy makers to carry out their own systematic review. It provides the Fellow with protected time of up to two days per week for up to two years to conduct a review. The award covers systematic review training costs, salary-related costs and research expenses.

The deadline is 12.00 noon on 20 May 2010. Full details and guidance notes on the HRB website (

Cochrane Library Training Courses

The aim of the courses is to build awareness and capacity in conducting systematic reviews. On offer are:

  • Introduction to Cochrane - this half-day course will train people with little or no previous experience to access and use the Cochrane Library
  • Cochrane Systematic Review Course - this intensive two-day course will cover systematic review methodologies and critical appraisal skills. Suitable for those who may be thinking of conducting a systematic review themselves.

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on 26 March 2010. Further details and guidance notes available on the HRB website (

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Challenging Google Scholar

An article by Peter Jasco in the journal Online Information Review challenges the use of Google Scholar in evaluating the publishing performance and impact of journals and of researchers. Citing examples of phantom authors, unindexed names, and volatile hits, Jasco concludes that bibliometric measures based on Google Scholar may be unreliable.

Title: Metadata mega mess in Google Scholar
Author(s): Peter Jacso
Journal: Online Information Review
Year:2010 Volume:34 Issue:1 Page:175 - 191

Available direct to RCSI users: DOI: 10.1108/14684521011024191