Thursday, July 11, 2013

On credits

Samuli Ollila is currently writing a manuscript comparing the order parameters measured from NMR experiments to those calculated from the Berger POPC lipids, and he will share it via this blog in August 2013.

During the project, the manuscript will be improved based on  contributions to this blog. In particular, we hope to find an improved force field, but we stress that contributions can be anything that improves the scientific content. In the end of the project, the manuscript will be submitted to an appropriate peer reviewed journal.

Everyone who has contributed to the project by communicating via this blog will be offered coauthorship. The final decision on authorship will be to the invited individuals themselves. They should base their decision on self-assessment of their scientific contribution to the project.

We hope that all communications would be written such that they are assignable to a person and affiliation, as this will remove unnecessary ambiguity upon publishing.

Based on discussions in this blog, Samuli will handle the correspondence with the journal. The order of all names in the final manuscript will be alphabetical.

Finally, it is the responsibility of the people communicating via this blog to make sure that in case they write something in which other people have had a scientific contribution (such as supervisors writing comments based on discussions with their students), the identities of all contributors should be made known. These secondary contributors will also be offered coauthorship in the manuscript.

Markus Miettinen,
FU Berlin

Samuli Ollila,
Aalto University

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Our aim

As Samuli Ollila pointed out in his talk (at the Biological membranes: challenges in simulations and experiments -meeting in Paris on June 28th 2013), there are plenty of high quality NMR data available on lipid order parameters. Our aim is to develop an all-atom force field that will match these data. Everyone is free to join us. This blog is our prime communication platform.