Force11 Blogs


A tale of two books: digital transformations are creeping across the face of academic life

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, May 28, 2012 - 3:00am

In response to Patrick Dunleavy’s posts on the future of e-publishing in academia, David Gauntlett writes on his experiences of publishing ebooks, and how Kindle self-publishing...


Book Review: What Are Universities For? by Stefan Collini

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 3:00am

Stefan Collini has undoubtedly done a great service to the university community in channelling criticisms of the current state of higher education in the UK into popular public...


PLoS ONE News and Media Roundup

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012 - 1:56pm

This month in PLoS ONE news: Taste genes, capturing dog thoughts, and more! Genetics may help determine how your meal tastes, and whether or not you like pork. Scientific American, Wired and TIME...


Ideas of public engagement in medical science remain little more than a public relations apparatus deployed to neutralise risk

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012 - 3:15am

Questioning the academic hierarchy from contract researcher to tenured professor, Richard Watermeyer finds that the prospect of a harmonious interplay between the public and medical...


Hiya biotech buddies, please sign the petition. #openaccess

Source: Research Remix Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 11:10am

I used worked for a biotech before I switched to the more flexible world of grad school when we decided to have kids.  The biotech company is trying to change the world… personalized...


"Master Class" at Screeing the Future II

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 10:00am

Steven Abrams, Matthew Addis and I gave a "master class" on the economics of preservation at the Screening the Future II conference run by PrestoCentre and hosted by USC. Below the fold are the...


Titles are the hardest thing: How can we make them more effective?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 3:00am

James Hartley argues that new large-scale research on titles doesn’t tell us much more than we already know. Effective titles attract and inform readers, and do this in a variety of...


Ask EveryONE: Self Help Edition

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 1:38pm

A few features deserve some recognition this week on Ask EveryONE. First off, the Manuscript Guidelines, Publication Criteria and Editorial Policies pages on PlosONE.org have been revamped to include...


Happy birthday to us, ResearchGate turns four!

Source: Research Gate Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 7:55am

Happy birthday to us!Today, ResearchGate celebrates its fourth year of existence. And we couldn't be happier! To mark the occasion, we ventured out into the bright and sunny Berlin afternoon and...


If you don’t have social media, you are no one: How social media enriches conferences for some but risks isolating others

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 3:00am

13,000 tweets, 430 photos and over 2,000 video views later, Dr Lisa Harris and Nicole Beale have plenty of data to investigate how social networking can change the conversation at an...


Dear colleague, please sign the petition. #openaccess

Source: Research Remix Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 12:06pm

My research institution has an email list that gets used for lots of things.  Planning fun lunches, for instance.  Although someone had posted a link to the petition yesterday, there wasn’t any...


How can we demonstrate ‘negative impact’, that changes are more harmful than the status quo?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 3:00am

Sometimes the status quo is preferable, and academic research may play a part in preventing new and harmful proposed changes. But how will academics demonstrate the impact on their...


Dear Mom, please sign the petition. #OAMonday

Source: Research Remix Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 1:47pm

Inspired by Stuart Shieber’s open letter to his family and friends asking them to sign the access2research petition, here is the email I just sent to mine.  Please use bits if you’d like...


Research is for everyone. Sign now! #OAMonday

Source: Research Remix Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 7:00am

Something exciting is happening this week.  A high-profile petition has just launched to Require free access over the Internet to journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research. Sounds like a...


Join our free event: Evaluating the Impact of Climate Change Research

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 3:00am

The LSE Public Policy Group/ Impact of Social Sciences project, with Imperial College London, are today hosting ‘Evaluating the Impact of Climate Change Research’, a free...


Send a message to the Whitehouse: Show the strength of support for OA

Source: Science in the Open Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 2:38am

The Whitehouse - from Flickr User nancy_t3i Changing the world is hard. Who knew? Advocating for change can be lonely. It can also be hard. As a scholar, particularly one at the start of a career it...


PLoS ONE – a personal farewell

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 - 10:57am

This is my last day as the Publisher of PLoS ONE, and I wanted to mark it with a brief blog post. When I came to work on PLoS ONE (in March 2008), the journal was in its infancy, but was clearly...


Dr. Pangloss' Notes From Dinner

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 - 9:25am

The renowned Dr. Pangloss greatly enjoyed last night's inaugural dinner of the Storage Valley Supper Club, networking with storage industry luminaries, discussing the storage technology roadmap,...


Who gives a tweet? After 24 hours and 860 downloads, we think quite a few actually do

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 - 3:00am

Earlier this year, the National Centre for Research Methods released a research paper to waves of interest from academics and researchers alike on Twitter. Kaisa Puustinen and...


Open access is not enough; we must learn how to communicate our research to make it truly accessible

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 3:00am

Open access debates have long been fostered by science disciplines but to make open access work truly powerful, we must make the same push for quality research presented in an...


Malaria from many angles

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 3:13pm

World Malaria Day may have come and gone, but our PLoS ONE authors certainly seem to be keeping in the spirit, with three new malaria-related publications in the last week. On Friday, we published...


When was the last time you asked how your published research was doing?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 2:45am

As citation counts, h-indexes, and impact become increasingly important to matters of funding and promotion, Melissa Terras asks why more scholars are not chasing up publishers to...


Are institutions over-reacting to impact?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 3:00am

It’s understandable that academics whose research area does not lend itself to impact and those whose roles are mainly teaching will feel alienated by the impact agenda. Adam Golberg...


Lets Just Keep Everything Forever In The Cloud

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 9:00am

Dan Olds at The Register comments on an interview with co-director of the Wharton School Customer Analytics Initiative Dr. Peter Fader:Dr Fader ... coins the terms "data fetish" and "data fetishist...


The Clock says 2022

Source: E-research a Nature Network Blog Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 7:30am

The clock says 20:22 which, I note to myself in passing, is also the year. Just finishing putting together my presentation on the Co-Evolution of Research. I’ve even linked to some images in a...