Force11 Blogs


Closing the ‘relevance’ gap makes more fundamental demands of academic researchers

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 3:00am

Catherine Durose argues that we must find alternative ways of working with communities that allow them to set terms of engagement. She advocates co-production, a research method...


Wow – Google Scholar ‘Updates’ a big step forward in sifting through the scientific literature

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 3:00am

Google Scholar had shown great promise as a digital tool for academics. Jonathan Eisen discovers its new ‘updates’ service has potential to open the door to a lot of new, valuable...


The books that inspired Sumantra Bose: “Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth touched a chord with both my national and personal background”

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 3:00am

Sumantra Bose is Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the LSE with a specialty in ethnic and national conflicts. Here he discusses the book that inspired his early...


I’m an academic and desperately need an online presence, where do I start?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012 - 3:00am

Salma Patel has been on a whistle-stop tour of academic social media channels. Here she shares her simple, practical tips for academics who want to start engaging with the wider...


Evidence-based, informative and on YouTube? How to communicate science in the Internet age

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 3:00am

Traditional methods of communicating research don’t appeal to an online audience. But academics can’t just rely on charisma and trust when communicating to online viewers. Dorothy...


GKR Cooperative Curation Symposium

Source: McDonald Online Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 8:38am

So today I am at the Galileo Knowledge Repository Cooperative Curation Symposium. This event is being held at the Clough Undergraduate Commons Facility at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I am on...


Blog inequality in scholarly research will not end until digital preservation techniques improve

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 3:00am

Academic blogs are transient, ephemeral and present a problem for citation, but their faults are not necessarily because of a distinct lack of mechanisms for preservation of digital...


PLOS ONE News and Media Roundup

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 12:46pm

Lesions found on coral trout. Last month, the media covered PLOS ONE papers on germs in airports, skin cancer in fish, a potentially life extending pill, and more! Research by a team at MIT...


Women academics publish less than men. Or do they…?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 3:00am

Publishing can sometimes be seen as acting as the fuel behind the academic world. Yet, across social sciences, woman are not publishing their share of research papers. Karen Schucan-...


UK Government goes for broke on open access

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, August 6, 2012 - 3:30am

Government has made a good start on opening up a route to open access but it will be left to researchers to push for the establishment of publication funds at universities and to...


Tracking research into practice: Are nurses on Twitter a good case study?

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

We can only dream of tracking how research changes the way practitioners act in the real world… or can we? Cameron Neylon writes that Twitter can serve as a measure of the impact of...


All sources are equal but some are more equal than others – (how) should blogs be referenced?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 3:00am

Blogs are increasingly recognised as a legitimate academic output, but they still remain second to traditional publications. Sarah Quinnell asks if we should be looking for a culture...


Peer review is vital but its closed nature belongs to a bygone age. It’s time to open up

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 3:00am

Biases, deliberate delay, repeated rejection – peer review has its problems but it is a crucial part of research dissemination, writes Rebecca Lawrence, who explains that open...


Three Numbers Presage A Crisis

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 9:00am

Bill McKibben's Rolling Stone article "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math" is essential reading. The sub-head describes it:Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe - and that make...


How to get the most out of Publications on ResearchGate.

Source: Research Gate Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 5:32am

With hundreds of articles being published every day, we know how hard it can be to keep up with everything that’s happening in your field. On ResearchGate alone, we’ve assembled over 45 million...


Examination of digital technologies must become central to social science research

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 3:00am

Sociology has traditionally played a role in commenting upon social and economic inequities, writes Deborah Lupton. Continuing critical examination of digital technologies and their...


REF is leading to sleepless nights over a decrease in time and opportunities to conduct research

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, July 30, 2012 - 3:00am

Concerned, worried and struggling to cope with pressurised work conditions, academics speak of the effects of the impact agenda and a tight concentration of research funding to...


Long Tail Research and the Rise of Social Machines

Source: E-research a Nature Network Blog Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 4:25pm

Long Tail Research It’s simplistic I know, but… take a look at the figure on the right. On the vertical axis we have our increasingly powerful multi-cored machines – our supercomputers...


Invest in brains, not buildings, to raise scientific output and impact

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 3:00am

Which is more valuable to the creation of scientific knowledge, high quality scientists or first-class facilities? Fabian Waldinger looks at the dramatic effects of the Nazi...


The ironies of academic publishing: The system is stupid and it’s time for a new manifesto

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 3:00am

Stephen Casper and his father both published their respective academic text and novella in the same year, yet his father’s novella costs a fraction of the academic text and is...


What is a species?

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 2:20pm

How do we determine whether two animals are of the same species?  It is not enough to judge based on similar appearance: Chihuahuas and Dalmatians look vastly different but we consider these to be...


How can scholarly societies survive as we move ever closer to Open Access?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 3:00am

The question of the fate of scholarly societies is one of the most contentious in the Open Access debate. Cameron Neylon argues that the only societies to survive will be those that...


Storage Technology Replacement Policy

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 9:00am

There's an anomaly in this graph from my prototype economic model of long-term storage. It shows the endowment as a multiple of the initial storage purchase cost that would have a 98% probability of...