A Roundup of Health Search Information (SciMago JR, SNIP, HealthMash, FDAZilla)
December 24, 2010
Rounding up FYIs in health search over the past two weeks (for all that spare time after opening Christmas gifts, maybe…):
- In the ever-developing world of journal metrics and impact factors, Scopus introduced SciMago Journal Rank (SJR) and Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP). One of the takeaways is that journal impact factor is an art rather than a science (see also: JIF, Eigenfactor, h-index) – so add this to the list of tools that may be useful. Herve Basset rolls it up nicely in his summary of the College et al. journal article.
- Also from Elsevier is HealthMash, a beta semantic health search engine. Elsevier has already rolled this up into SciVerse.
- Lastly, for those who aren’t aware – FDAZilla is a fairly new search engine / intelligence tool which seeks to mine FDA data (MDRs, MAUDE, AEs, FDA personnel) and make the data not only more searchable, but also more easily accessible (for anyone who’s tried to use MAUDE for surveillance, this is a solution that’s fairly needed). This comes from the minds of people formerly in pharma, so not only is it relevant now, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it being a lot more useful in the future as well.