Force11 Blogs


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...


Creating Impact with Apps – The Rainy Day Project

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 3:00am

Mobile phone applications, Apps, have become a common feature of day to day life. However, their application to social research is only beginning to be experimented with and understood. In this post...


Guest Post — Pinot Noir, Australia, and Peer Review

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 2:30am

On the eve of a peer review seminar in Australia, Alex Christopher interviews CSIRO's Andrew Stammer and Publons' Tiago Barros on the current state of peer review. The post Guest Post — Pinot...


Boston Public Library Leads Once Again in Digital Lending

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 11:07am

Closed stacks where the Houghton Mifflin collection is housed within the Boston Public Library, photo by Tom Blake By continuing to find new opportunities to make older books, often lost or just...


The Optimist's Telescope: Review

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 8:00am

The fundamental problem of digital preservation is that, although it is important and we know how to do it, we don't want to pay enough to have it done. It is an example of the various societal...


Cell painting services from PhenoVista Biosciences accelerate drug screening

Source: The Science Exchange blog Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 7:58am

About the Requester:The client was interested in improving the detection of structural cellular toxicants as part of a drug screening...


Open Syllabus Explorer: evidencing research-based teaching?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 3:00am

Research impact is often equated with the way in which research articles are cited and used by other researchers and non-academics. An often less appreciated aspect of research impact, is the impact...


Thinking about the Art and Science of Image Description: An Interview with textBOX Founders

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 2:30am

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the folks at textBOX can help publishers present that descriptive text ("alt-text”) to the online world, meeting key accessibility and discoverability demands...


Podcast: Building Technology Ecosystems for R&D

Source: The Science Exchange blog Posted: Monday, September 9, 2019 - 9:17am

Nolan McDonnell, Science Exchange’s VP of Product, recently joined Ronen Vengosh, VP for Platform and Ecosystem at Egnyte to discuss the...


What Do Statements of Support for California Tell Us About the Big Deal?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, September 9, 2019 - 2:30am

What do statements of support for UC reveal about open access publishing, institutional priorities, and the role of library-publisher contracts? The post What Do Statements of Support for California...


ALPSP Guest Blog: Copyright Clearance Center (CCC): Top 3 Types of Transformative Agreements

Source: The Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers Posted: Friday, September 6, 2019 - 6:33am

Recently, funders and institutions have been reconsidering the established business models in scholarly publishing, particularly the subscription model favored by Scientific, Technical, Medical, and...


Monty Hall and a Veridical Paradox

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, September 6, 2019 - 2:30am

A logic problem for your Friday that at first may seem counterintuitive. The post Monty Hall and a Veridical Paradox appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.


Guest Post: Cost per Use Overvalues Journal Subscriptions

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 2:30am

Curtis Kendrick, Dean of Libraries at Binghamton University, raises questions about whether cost-per-use is the appropriate metric for measuring the comparative value of library subscriptions. The...