Topic 24 July 2011 – Examining Twitter Journal Clubs July 24

Journal clubs are strategy for building research capacity or for closing the gap between what research knows and what is done in practice. According to Wikipedia; “A journal club is a group of individuals who meet regularly to critically evaluate recent articles in scientific literature. Journal clubs are usually organized around a defined subject in basic or applied research.”
Wikipedia goes on to say:
“Typically, each participant can voice their view relating to several questions such as the appropriateness of the research design, the statistics employed, the appropriateness of the controls that were used, etc. There might be an attempt to synthesize together the results of several papers, even if some of these results might first appear to contradict each other. Even if the results of the study are seen as valid, there might be a discussion of how useful the results are and if these results might lead to new research or to new applications.”

Amazingly journal clubs have been around since the 19th century. In the past decade have become quite popular. A recent emergence has been Twitter as venue for journal clubs.

This week Health Care Social Media (Australia & New Zealand) Twitter Chat  #hcsmanz will examine this development.

Subtopics and approximate timeline. Start 8:00 AEST (Global times)  (GMT +10)
8:10 T1 What wold it take to do a successful journal club on Twitter?
8:25 T2 What do you see as the barriers & strategies for getting round them.
8:40 T3 What would motivate you to regularly attend a monthly twitter journal club.
8:50 Any final words.
8:55 Shameless plugs and networking also share an abstract/article/web page one that changed you.

Further Reading
BMJ Journal clubs
The first journal club on Twitter in 2008
The #TwitJC Twitter Journal Club, a New Initiative on Twitter. Some Initial Thoughts.
Facilitator is @lewismal

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