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Professional digital practice in academia: From online networking to building apps

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 3:00am

An understanding of how to present knowledge and promote learning in digital formats will soon be integral to academic practice. Deborah Lupton gives a tour of the not-to-be-missed...


No Comment?

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, July 23, 2012 - 11:30am

Why is it that comment forums provided by online scholarly journals for post-publication review are so consistently underutilized, even though online forums concerning countless subjects, from...


Can You Picture This? Academic Research Published as a Graphic Novel!

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, July 23, 2012 - 3:00am

What would be a novel way of engaging people more people with research findings? Academics are wondering if traditional journal articles are still fit for purpose or if an injection...


The challenge for scholarly societies

Source: Science in the Open Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2012 - 8:56am

Cemetery Society (Photo credit: Aunt Owwee) With major governments signalling a shift to Open Access it seems like a good time to be asking which organisations in the scholarly communications space...


Worth A Thousand Words

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 11:25am

(A–B) holoype of Glenea gestroi Gahan, female, from Myanmar. (A) dorsal view. (B) lateral view. (C) holotype of Glenea luteomaculata Pic, male, from Vietnam. (D) holotype of Glenea bicoloricornis Pic...


It’s time for government to use relevant research to dictate the policies of the future

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 3:00am

The lack of research that informs major policy decisions can be astounding, writes Juliet Davenport. Academia has been criticised for not generating research that is relevant to the...


Governments Rewriting History

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 9:00am

Every so often I like to point to stories showing the importance, especially for government documents, of having multiple copies under independent, preferably somewhat antagonistic, administration...


Tracking digital impact: The challenge of evidencing impact

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 3:00am

How can we prove that academic presence on social media is creating an impact? Elizabeth Tait and Jennifer Holden question how to demonstrate more than just a social media presence...


We must make the digital world central to sociological research

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 3:00am

How we connect socially in the digital world must now become a central feature of sociologial study. Sociologists need to learn how to use digital media for professional purposes,...


Storage roundup July 2012

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 9:00am

From my continuing series on the dismal outlook for Kryder's Law, The Register reports on the continuing impact of the Thai floods:Hard disk drive prices are unlikely to return to pre-flood levels...


What about the authors who can’t pay? Why the government’s embrace of gold open access isn’t something to celebrate

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 3:00am

Dismayed by news that the Government has embraced the Finch Report findings, Mark Carrigan asks what will happen to authors and early careers researchers who have not yet secured a...


Summer Service Update

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, July 16, 2012 - 1:19pm

As we are now a month into the summer season, we wanted to let our authors know in advance that they may experience a slight delay in the peer review process of their manuscript if they submit...


Many datasets are reused, not just an elite few

Source: Research Remix Posted: Monday, July 16, 2012 - 8:04am

I’ve recently collected new data on data reuse.  Using the same methods as our Nature letter-to-the-editor analysis, I’ve looked for reuse of gene expression microarray data in PubMed...


Open Citations Extension Project

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Monday, July 16, 2012 - 8:29am

I am pleased to announce that the JISC have funded an extension to the Open Citations Project to run from 1st August 2012 until 31st January 2013, during which we will review and revise the...


A researcher’s survival guide to information overload and curation tools

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, July 16, 2012 - 3:00am

Between constant email access through your smart phone and twitter conversations that pay no heed to boundaries of time or location, it’s easy to get lost in an online information...


Concrete options for a society journal to go OA

Source: Research Remix Posted: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 10:59am

AMIA‘s society journal, JAMIA, is considering going Open Access. I’ve been invited to be part of the OA explorations task force. JAMIA=Journal of the American Medical Informatics...


‘Likes’ joins the semantic web: cito:likes

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 9:38am

A ‘like’ button is a well-known feature in communication software such as social networking services, Internet forums, news websites and blogs that permits a user to indicate that he/she...


There’s more than meets the eye when constructing and interpreting scales

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 3:00am

Spanning emotions from the highly positive to the very negative James Hartley and Lucy Betts write that researchers should take into account all the questions that arise when...


Preservation as a Cloud Service

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 9:00am

I'm not the only one commenting on the "affordable cloud storage" hype that Tesella seems to have swallowed whole as they announce Preservica, their "preservation as a service" competitor for...


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...