Force11 Blogs


The glacial pace of change in scientific publishing

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 3:00am

Most journals have not yet published papers submitted to them last November while in the meantime, NASA have managed to send a rocket to Mars and beam back images. Michael Eisen...


New animal species now official when published online

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 2:38pm

The International Commission for Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN), the body that regulates animal species names, took a big step earlier this week when it announced that electronic publication of a...


Hello, Goodbye: new changes to the GigaScience team

Source: GigaBlog Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 5:35am

As we enter a new month, we have to announce some personnel changes to GigaScience, as we welcome Nicole Nogoy to the team as a Commissioning Editor from her base in New Zealand. It is with sadness...


How can we support the use of research in policy and practice across Europe?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 3:00am

The most common approach to encourage use of academic research is to repackage or communicate it in different ways, but Caroline Kenny finds this strategy largely ineffective. She...


Threat Models For Archives

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 9:00am

I spent some time this week looking at a proposed technical architecture for a digital archive. It seems always to be the case that these proposals lack any model of the threats against which the...


Recognise academic writing as a craft… and when you’re 80 per cent happy, kick it out the door!

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 3:00am

It’s easy to agonize over every word and grow frustrated at a stunted word count. Here, Helen Sword explains how she stops herself from spending days pushing words around in circles...


A hybrid gold open access and a Chesire cat’s grin: How to repair the new open access policy of RCUK

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, September 3, 2012 - 3:00am

Unintended consequences of RCUK policy mean that if academics want open access publishing, publishers are happy to sell it to them, writes Stevan Harnad. He argues that researchers...


Making history ‘sexy’: Solid academic credentials with a lively and enthusiastic performance is the formula to success for presenting history

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 3:00am

Through case studies of leading historians, historical novelists, Hollywood filmmakers and television history presenters, Peter J. Beck looks critically at alternative literary and...


How to bury your academic writing (or should I write that book chapter?)

Source: NIF Blog Essays Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012 - 10:04pm

A recent blog post by Dorothy Bishop on “How to bury your academic writing” came through this week that considers the question of the relative impact of book chapters vs published...


How to bury your academic writing (or should I write that book chapter?)

Source: NIF Blog FORCE11 Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012 - 10:04pm

A recent blog post by Dorothy Bishop on “How to bury your academic writing” came through this week that considers the question of the relative impact of book chapters vs published...


Stein, Tankard, Pint, Boot: Different beer glasses affect drinking speed

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012 - 3:20pm

As we enter the Labor Day holiday weekend here in the US, many Americans will probably be celebrating with a beer (or two). Before the barbeques start, though, it may be worth considering a recent...


Is writing a book chapter a waste of time?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012 - 3:00am

Edited books may not pick up citations in Google Scholar but Pat Thomson writes that they do different work than journal articles or blogs and are often the first point of call for...


Five minutes with: Victor Henning, co-founder of Mendeley – Connecting academic research to the outside world

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 3:00am

Last week Patrick Dunleavy discussed his experience of transferring his personal research library onto the Mendeley software package. Today Sierra Williams talks to Mendeley co-...


The Advantage of Veins

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 8:45am

Desert locusts are known to travel great distances, experiencing substantial mechanical stress along the way, however little is understood about their wings ability to resist damage during these...


How to bury your academic writing

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 3:00am

Book chapters can allow freedom to think about your work in line with broader theoretical issues, but if you’re tempted to write a book chapter for an edited collection, it...


Research Challenging Beliefs About Body Weight Storified

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 4:05pm


Re-thinking Storage Technology Replacement Policy

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 9:00am

We are now at work on the replacement for our two initial economic models, combining the detailed view of the short-term model with the big picture of the long-term model. As I explained in an...


Ethnography in the public eye; a few lessons along the way

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 3:00am

Singing to a different tune is easier once you have the skill to complement the willingness. Phillip Vannini isn’t the only academic who is trying to make research popular. Here, he...


The books that inspired Will Lamb: “Nancy Dorian’s Language Death prompted me to pursue lingusitics”

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 3:00am

Will Lamb is lecturer in Celtic and Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Will talks about the books on languages, particularly Gaelic and Celtic, that tempted him away...


Are You Sure You Published An Open Access Article?

Source: NIF Blog Essays Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 2:29pm

Thanks to PubMedCentral academics everywhere can read papers!!! This is a wonderful asset allowing scientists from all places, even academic backwaters like Harvard where libraries can no longer...


Are You Sure You Published An Open Access Article?

Source: NIF Blog FORCE11 Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 2:29pm

Thanks to PubMedCentral academics everywhere can read papers!!! This is a wonderful asset allowing scientists from all places, even academic backwaters like Harvard where libraries can no longer...


“If a tree falls in a forest…” Why REF impact isn’t the only (or best) reason to engage with social media to make an impact

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 3:00am

Unemployment, immigration and health policy are among some of the social science topics debated each weekend in your local pub. Instead of creating new knowledge as an end in itself...


Can LinkedIn and Academia.edu enhance access to open repositories?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 3:00am

Now that research is developing an online presence, thoughts are turning to how to maximise this. Brian Kelly investigates linking strategies; from Google Scholar Citations, Academia...


Worth A Thousand Words

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 11:09am

The flowers of different species of Loasaceae, shown above, have developed impressive techniques to lure pollinators. Initially, the stamens are hidden in the boat-shaped petals, and upon stimulus...


The long tail of academic publishing and why that isn’t a bad thing

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 3:00am

Universities are foolish to focus on academic superstars at the expense of staff that expand the ‘long tail’ of research. David Glance argues that increasing the numbers of academics...