Force11 Blogs


Tale of the converted: how complex social problems have made me question the use of data in driving impact

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019 - 4:01am

In practice the way in which research impacts and influences policy and society is often thought to be a rational, ordered and linear process. Whilst this might represent a ‘common sense...


Breaking News: Annette Thomas Leaves Clarivate

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019 - 2:30am

Breaking News Today: Following Clarivate's public listing and a high level reorganization, Web of Science Group CEO Annette Thomas is departing The post Breaking News: Annette Thomas Leaves...


Book Review: Re-Engineering Humanity by Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 2:45am

In Re-Engineering Humanity, Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger explore how the rise of new technologies and datafication grounded in machinic rationality risk conditioning humans to become more...


Lessons from the past – Why our current understanding of UK research policy is wrong

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 3:00am

As a result of Brexit, research policy in the UK is being asked to perform an increasingly large array of functions and will likely undergo significant changes. In this post David Edgerton draws on...


Peer Review Week — the Podcast and the Videos!

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 2:30am

We're delighted to end this year's Peer Review Week celebrations by sharing some great community resources that you can use all year round! The post Peer Review Week — the Podcast and the...


Climate Change Research from PLOS ONE

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 1:47am

  PLOS ONE has always welcomed climate change research, notably partnering with James Hansen and colleagues to publish a PLOS Collection on Responding to Climate Change in 2013. Six years on,...


Giving New Life to Out-of-Print Books Through Controlled Digital Lending

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 1:35pm

Dean Bartoli Smith’s book of poetry about growing up in Baltimore came out in 2000. American Boy was long past its sales life until it was resurrected by being digitized by the Internet Archive...


Google's Fenced Garden

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 8:00am

In the wake of Lina Khan's masterful January 2017 Yale Law Journal article Amazon's Antitrust Paradox, both anti-trust investigations of the FAANGs and anti-trust remedies have been consuming...


Guest Post — A Perspective from the Peer Review Congress

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 2:30am

From the Peer Review Congress, what's changed and what's about to change? John Sack conducts an interview with the Executive Director and Co-Director of the International Congress on Peer Review and...


Giving Credit: Gender and the hidden labour behind academic prestige

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 4:00am

In recent months, a number of high profile cases have focused attention on how credit is attributed to the creation of academic research and in particular the way in which the role of women is often...


Quality in Peer Review: An Interview with Tracey Brown, Sense about Science

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 2:30am

Continuing our celebration of Peer Review Week 2019, today Alice Meadows interviews Tracey Brown, OBE, Director of Sense about Science, which has been involved in Peer Review Week from the start. The...


Interesting Articles From Usenix

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 8:00am

Unless you're a member of Usenix (why aren't you?) you'll have to wait a year to read two of three interesting preservation-related articles in the Fall 2019 issue of ;login:. Below the fold is a...


Disrupting transcription – How automation is transforming a foundational research method

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 4:30am

The transcription of verbal and non-verbal social interactions is a central feature of social research and remains one of the most labour intensive and time consuming parts of many research projects...


How to Be A Good Peer Reviewer

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 2:30am

A major factor in determining quality in the peer review process are the reviewers. Without peers providing high-quality reviews, the value-add of the peer review process declines. We started this...


Multidisciplinary Peer Review at PLOS ONE – improving the quality of peer review for interdisciplinary research

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 - 9:14am

As we celebrate Peer Review Week, we are grateful for the contributions of reviewers and editors across a vast number of disciplines who make peer review possible for all areas of science. Since its...


Meet PLOS ONE Author Carrie Dolan

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 - 8:44am

    Carrie Dolan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia..     What first drew you to your field of research?...


Open access to teaching material – how far have we come?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 - 4:04am

One of the foundational aims of the open access movement, set out in the Budapest Open Access Initiative, was to provide access to research not only to scholars, but to “teachers, students and other...


Towards widespread Open Research: insights from Cambridge Data Champions and beyond

Source: Unlocking Research Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 - 4:53am

The Cambridge Data Champions are an example of a community of volunteers engaged in promoting open research and good research data management (RDM). Currently entering its third year, the programme...


Reflecting on work to improve information access

Source: The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 - 2:30am

Anne Powell reviews how INASP’s information access work has evolved, and reflects on some of her highlights.


Quality is Multi-Dimensional: How Many Ways Can You Define Quality in Peer Review?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 - 2:30am

And we're off! Alice Meadows and Karin Wulf kick off the fifth annual Peer Review Week with their thoughts on defining quality in peer review principles and practices. The post Quality is Multi-...


Book Review: What Works Now? Evidence-informed Policy and Practice edited by Annette Boaz, Huw Davies, Alec Fraser and Sandra Nutley

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 2:30am

In What Works Now? Evidence-informed Policy and Practice, Annette Boaz, Huw Davies, Alec Fraser and Sandra Nutley offer both a synthesis and critique of the rapidly evolving field of evidence-...


Internet Archive’s Enhanced Mueller Report Wins Best Book of 2019 from Digital Book World

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019 - 10:02am

This week, the Internet Archive and Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) were honored for the Best Book of 2019 at the annual Digital Book World Awards for their work to create an enhanced...


A Historical Look At Vaccine Skepticism

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019 - 2:30am

The Washington Post looks at the long history of vaccine skepticism. The post A Historical Look At Vaccine Skepticism appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.


Ask The Chefs: Peer Review Quality

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 2:30am

Quality means different things to different people. How do you think different stakeholders would define quality in peer review? The post Ask The Chefs: Peer Review Quality appeared first on The...


Improving journal publishing practices and standards for increased research equity

Source: The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 4:27am

At the end of August, as part of a second meeting on research equity, UNCST and INASP brought together journal editors in Uganda to help improve them their publishing standards to meet the...