Force11 Blogs


How journals manipulate the importance of research and one way to fix it

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 3:00am

Our methods of rewarding research foster an incentive for journal editors to ‘game’ the system, and one in five researchers report being pressured to include citations from the...


Anxiety, exhaustion, and telomeres

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 3:31pm

It seems like just about everyone these days is stressed out and working too hard. We know it’s not good for us, but how bad is it really? It might be worse than we’d like to think. Today, PLoS...


Scholarly publishing is broken: Is it time to consider guerrilla self-publishing?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 3:00am

Aimee Morrison has been congratulated and gained professional credit for ‘publishing’ her article in a high profile journal. Except, her work will not be printed for another two...


How to move towards a system that looks to ‘publish, then filter’ academic research

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 3:00am

Both the ‘green’ and the ‘gold’ models of open access tend to preserve the world of academic journals, where anonymous reviewers typically dictate what may appear. David Gauntlett...


makingdatacount: Outline #draftInProgress

Source: Research Remix Posted: Monday, July 9, 2012 - 11:25am

I’ve got a few manuscripts on the go this month.  One of them is on the state of Data Citation Tracking, making the same points as my IDCC talk last year and the recent DataCite presentation by...


Do ‘prestigious’ journals make academics lazy? An unlikely parallel with the art world

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, July 9, 2012 - 3:00am

In the art world, the dealer’s brand often becomes a substitute for aesthetic judgement. Mark Carrigan wonders if it the same could be said of academia; does inclusion in a...


How to manage a research library with Zotero

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 3:00am

Keeping up to date with research and managing an ever-increasing number of journal articles is skill that must be well-honed by academics. Here, Alex Hope sets out how his workflow...


‘Good uni: Quality nightlife’. How harvesting tweets opens up a new world of valuable qualitative data

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 3:00am

The qualitative data that is freely available on social media platforms has huge potential. Drawing on his research into what Twitter can tell us about the popularity of universities...


Why the UK Should Not Heed the Finch Report

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 3:00am

If we heed the advice of the Finch Report, the UK will lose its lead in open access publishing… and a great deal of public money. Stevan Harnad writes why he believes that the...


Citation11k: Method section — access to citation data #draftInProgress

Source: Research Remix Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 8:27am

The next installment in my #draftInProgress series on Open Data citation. I’m not sure this section will make it into the paper in its entirety, though I do think it is important to highlight...


We expect to get information in two clicks, why can’t we get data as quickly?

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

Is the elusive nature of data just part of the normal challenges of research life? Or, should we look forward to a time when relevant data is easily accessible to the laziest...


Citation11k: Method section — study attributes #draftInProgress

Source: Research Remix Posted: Monday, July 2, 2012 - 6:37pm

The next installment in my #draftInProgress series on Open Data citation advantage.  I think this section can be short and sweet.   Methods: study attributes Piwowar 2011 collected 124...


Citation11k: Method section — assessment of data availability #draftInProgress

Source: Research Remix Posted: Monday, July 2, 2012 - 5:35pm

The third installment in my #draftInProgress series on Open Data citation advantage.  I reread the methods description in my Who Shares paper and decided to just excerpt it directly for the method...


Citation11k: Method section — which studies? #draftInProgress

Source: Research Remix Posted: Monday, July 2, 2012 - 4:53pm

The second installment in my #draftInProgress series on Open Data citation advantage.  About one fourth of the methods section: Methods: Which studies? The primary analysis in this paper examines the...


citation11k: intro #draftInProgress

Source: Research Remix Posted: Monday, July 2, 2012 - 3:18pm

Writing a blog post is waaaaay easier than writing a paper.  I know this because I’ve been trying to write a paper all day.  Well, for months actually, around other things.  But today alone I...


PLoS ONE News and Media Roundup

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, July 2, 2012 - 1:56pm

Sequence of rapid inversion behavior in a cockroach, gecko, and a robot prototype. Last month, some PLoS ONE papers in the news included research on: Body odor, robot mimicry and more! New research...


Possible sources of an Open Data citation advantage

Source: Research Remix Posted: Monday, July 2, 2012 - 5:03am

Evidence suggests that papers with available supporting data receive more citations than similar papers without publicly available data. Assuming there is indeed a “citation boost” for...


The Finch Report illustrates the new strategy wars of open access

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, July 2, 2012 - 3:00am

Commercial publishers appear to have conceded defeat but Bjoern Brembs wonders if their new strategy is to delay the inevitable transition to Open Access publishing for as long as...


Animated debate between academics contributes to rigorous research on climate change

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 3:00am

What impact can Climate Change Research have on policy and business decisions? Are the UK National and Local Government doing enough to combat climate change?  Do industry and...


Tell the NIH you want datasets and impact metrics in NIH biosketches

Source: Research Remix Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 8:29am

The NIH wants to hear your thoughts on how it should modify its biosketch format.  RFI comments are due very soon: FRIDAY JUNE 29th 2012, midnight EDT. The request for information is wide open, but...


Thomson Reuters announces subscription-based data citation tracking tool

Source: Research Remix Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 7:33am

Big news in the data citation world this week.  Thomson Reuters has announced its Data Citation Index.  The Index will be a resource within the subscription-based Web of Knowledge application.  It is...


Scholars need to move from filling gaps to doing more imaginative and innovative research

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 3:00am

Our ‘publish or perish’ mentality is sacrificing more imaginative and innovative ideas. Looking at the field of Management studies, Marcel Bogers writes that a troubling shortage of...


Cloud vs. Local Storage Costs

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 4:00pm

In earlier posts I pointed out that for long-term use "affordable cloud storage" wasn't, because compared to local storage:It was more expensive, andIt was getting cheaper much slower.I recently used...


PLoS ONE launches the NeuroMapping & Therapeutics Collection

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 2:29pm

The following blog is by Babak Kateb, curator of the PLoS ONE NeuroMapping & Therapeutics Collection One of the great challenges of the 21st century is how to translate scientific advancements...


Digital visibility is king but what colour is our Open Access future?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 3:00am

Open access publishing is growing increasinly important so the Peer Project has built an observatory to investigate potential effects of a major switch to open access models. Julia...