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Physical forces at the interface with biology and chemistry: a conversation with Kerstin Blank and Matthew Harrington

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 7:00am

  Cell behaviour, tissue formation/regulation, physiology and disease are all influenced by cellular mechanics and physical forces. The field of mechanobiology has for a long time striven to...


Learning from Blue Ocean Strategy – How do concepts become reality?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 3:00am

The term impact ultimately signifies the process by which an abstract idea for good or ill becomes a practical reality. Whilst good ideas are often believed to find their own audience, Guillaume...


India’s Fight Against Predatory Journals: An Interview with Professor Bhushan Patwardhan

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 2:30am

An interview with Bhushan Patwardhan, Vice Chairman of India's University Grants Commission, discussing strategies that are being employed to combat predatory publishing. The post India’s Fight...


Stories of Designs Past: Narrative Design Transmedia Archaeology

Source: Ernesto Priego's blog Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 1:53am

On the intersections of media archaeology and human computer interaction design. Provisional draft notes shared as a prompt for future research group discussion. I originally published this post on...


Meet the PLOS ONE Cancer and Oncology Authors

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 12:05pm

  Today is World Cancer Day — a day for raising the voices of cancer survivors, loved ones, and the people who are working endlessly to find solutions. This year’s theme is “I am and


Co-producing knowledge with social movements, a critical perspective

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 3:00am

For academic researchers working with social movements and activist groups can present unique challenges. Finding ways to work effectively together, whilst acknowledging differences in power and...


Guest Post: A Plea for Fairer Sharing of the True Costs of Publication

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 2:30am

Mariëlle Prevoo, Ron Aardening, and Ingrid Wijk from the Maastricht University Library suggest a more equitable model for open access publishing. The post Guest Post: A Plea for Fairer Sharing of the...


Introducing PLOS ONE’s Science of Stories Collection

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, February 3, 2020 - 10:00am

Stories have the power to shape our identities and worldviews. They can be factual or fictional, text-based or visual and can take many forms—from novels and non-fiction to conspiracy theories,...


Understanding the skills gaps between higher education and the workplace in East Africa

Source: The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications Posted: Monday, February 3, 2020 - 6:52am

There can be gaps between the skills students learn in university and the skills desired by employers. Joanna Wild discusses the development of a skills matrix to help identify and guide approaches...


A broken system – why literature searching needs a FAIR revolution

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, February 3, 2020 - 3:00am

The volume of academic research articles is increasing exponentially. However, the ease with which we are able to find these articles depends on the capabilities of the search systems that we use....


Scholarly Societies: The Importance of Community

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, February 3, 2020 - 2:30am

In this article Robert Harington describes how scholarly societies are an indelible part of the research and support system for academics across many disciplines. Robert suggests rather than...


Book Review: Are Filter Bubbles Real? by Axel Bruns

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 1:00am

As references to echo chambers and filter bubbles become ubiquitous in contemporary discourse, Axel Bruns offers a riposte in Are Filter Bubbles Real?, which questions the existence of these...


To a dead fox

Source: Ernesto Priego's blog Posted: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 6:28am

A poem in draft form. … Continue reading To a dead fox →


Impact ‘agenda’ or impact ‘phantom’? 

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 - 3:00am

Responding to an emerging debate around the changing nature of the impact agenda in the UK, Richard Watermeyer, argues that the current moment presents a point of change; an opportunity to exorcise ...


Typography Turns Words into Stories with Influence

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 - 2:30am

Typography is storytelling, and can be used to reveal truths or create myths. Learn more on how this works from Sarah Hyndman. The post Typography Turns Words into Stories with Influence appeared...


When Words Fail: A Departure Session

Source: Ernesto Priego's blog Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 - 12:33am

Words failed, so I tried to express a few things with other people's music.… Continue reading When Words Fail: A Departure Session →


Regulating Social Media: Part 1

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 8:00am

It has become obvious that self-regulated social media are a threat to pretty much every country's national security. This is intended to be the start of a series looking at the range of suggestions...


Introducing InTRePIDs – In-Text Reference Pointer Identifiers

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 2:48am

Rationale Readers of this blog will be familiar with Open Citation Identifiers (OCIs), described in an earlier post and formally defined in [1]. OCIs enable bibliographic citations, treated as first...


Guest Post — Everything* You Ever Wanted to Know about Conference Proceedings But Were Afraid to Ask

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 2:30am

Alex Birukou from Springer Nature offers an overview of Conference Proceedings publication, and how they straddle the line between journals and books. The post Guest Post — Everything* You Ever...


Guest Post — Mexican Publishers Face Significant Challenges, but They’re Uniquely Equipped to Meet Them

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 2:30am

A guest post from Rachel Maund, Director of Marketability, provides an update about publishing, open access and book trade events in Mexico and Latin America. The post Guest Post — Mexican...


Evaluating R&D Procurement Technology Platforms: a Cheat Sheet for Innovative CPOs

Source: The Science Exchange blog Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 11:35am

According to the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, procurement leaders are realizing that, to remain competitive,...


The civil service doesn’t just need more scientists – it needs a decision-making revolution

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 4:40am

In the UK, the election of a new government has seen a renewed focus on research policy and the use of evidence in policymaking. In this repost, David Rose, Mark Burgman and William Sutherland, draw...


Do Transformative Agreements Violate Procurement Requirements?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 2:30am

A university does not have to "sole source" procurement of publishing services -- they could be bid. How might an RFP and bidding process affect transformative agreements and library strategy? The...


Future impact – How can we rationally evaluate impact statements?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020 - 8:00am

Making claims about the future impact of research as part of research grant applications has since it’s inception been controversial. As, if impact statements are accurate they suggest that the...


The Open Biomedical Citations in Context Corpus: Progress Report

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020 - 7:04am

The creation of the Open Biomedical Citations in Context Corpus (CCC) is the goal of a one-year project funded by the Wellcome Trust. The aim is to create a new open corpus of bibliographic and...