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More Rs than Pirates

Source: E-research a Nature Network Blog Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 3:41pm

I've previously presented The Twelve Rs of the e-Research Record: repeatable, reproducible, reusable, repurposable, reliable, referenceable, re-interpretable, respectful, respectable, retrievable,...


The demise of the Impact Factor: The strength of the relationship between citation rates and IF is down to levels last seen 40 years ago

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, June 8, 2012 - 3:00am

Jobs, grants, prestige and career advancement are all partially based on an admittedly flawed concept: the journal Impact Factor. Impact factors have been becoming increasingly...


Between knotweed and the deep blue sky: Exploring the debate about the value of science

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 3:05am

Is investment in blue-sky research only a good idea because it may lead to marketable discoveries? Brigitte Nerlich thinks not and warns that a stronger semantic link needs to be...


Aligning research results with current hegemonic policy discourses is necessary to create impact

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 3:00am

Framing research targets as economic development was crucial to the success and implementation of academic policy recommendations, writes Anna Wesselink, who found that making impact...


Added Value: I do not think those words mean what you think they mean

Source: Science in the Open Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 8:46am

There are two major strands to position of traditional publishers have taken in justifying the process by which they will make the, now inevitable, transition to a system supporting Open Access. The...


The Awkward, Realistic Choices on Low Carbon Electricity

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 3:00am

Following on from the Evaluating the Impacts of Climate Change event, James Smith of the Carbon Trust writes that kicking our fossil fuel habit will be hard, but we must now turn to...


Storage Technology Update

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Monday, June 4, 2012 - 8:00am

Last month marked the 60th anniversary of plastic digital magnetic tape storage.The IBM 726 digital tape drive was introduced in 1952 to provide larger amounts of digital storage for ... IBM’s...


Dear 25k: THANK YOU for signing the petition. #OAMonday

Source: Research Remix Posted: Monday, June 4, 2012 - 6:12am

And dearest Mike Carroll, Heather Joseph, Mike Rossner, and John Wilbanks? Thank you for starting the petition. Sincerely, people who love science. Image is public domain.Data collected by Bill...


25,000 signatures and still rolling: Implications of the White House petition

Source: Science in the Open Posted: Monday, June 4, 2012 - 3:59am

I’m afraid I went to bed. It was getting on for midnight and it looked like another four hours or so before the petition would reach the magic mark of 25,000 signatures. As it turns out a...


Transforming knowledge into economic resources is the only way that universities will pursue commitments to research and development

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, June 1, 2012 - 3:00am

Universities must build on knowledge exchange relationships with the private sector if they are to secure financial resources. This does not mean to convert the university into a...


Addressing the challenge of climate change must be done discursively through argument, debate and academic evidence

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 3:00am

Academic evidence should expect to be challenged, particularly when that research partners uncertainty with important social policy issues. Nafees Meah writes that social scientists...


Projects: A new tool. Optimized for collaboration.

Source: Research Gate Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 2:26am

Facilitating collaboration has always been at the center of our mission. And now, we’re thrilled to be able to introduce you to Projects, a tool we’ve built with collaboration and collaboration...


An insider view on the relevance of political scientists to government

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 3:00am

Following his work with the Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG), Matt Wood finds that political scientists must ask themselves two questions: precisely how they hope...


PLoS ONE Launches the Mice Drawer System Experiment Collection

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 2:17pm

In August 2009, the Italian Space Agency launched its Mice Drawer System (MDS) investigation on the Shuttle Discovery flight 17A/STS-128. Over the course of a 91-day mission at the International...


Dear everybody, please sign the petition. #OAMonday #openaccess

Source: Research Remix Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 11:34am

I’ve written several of these lately.  Here they are in one place: Dear Mom, Please Sign The Petition. #OAMonday Dear Colleague, Please Sign The Petition. #openaccess Hiya Biotech Buddies,...


Dear non-US-citizen, please sign the petition. #OAMonday

Source: Research Remix Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 10:19am

I strongly believe that Americans and ALSO people who are not American citizens should sign the White House petition for making US-taxpayer-funded-research papers openly available on the internet. I...


Dear research data advocate, please sign the petition #OAMonday

Source: Research Remix Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 10:52am

I’m worried about data. I’m thrilled that data repositories are getting traction, funders are paying attention, and journals are making solid policies to encourage the public posting of...


Hey fans of #altmetrics, please sign the petition. #openaccess

Source: Research Remix Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 8:00am

Interested in #altmetrics?  Heck, interested in good old CITATIONS?  Measurements need data, and papers are data.  Collecting attributions, and even more importantly the context around those...


It is time to move away from policy witchcraft and into an era where evidence is taken seriously

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 3:00am

Adrian Beecroft’s report on employment law has angered many who feel his recommendations are partisan and seek to erode a number of worker’s rights. John Van Reenan argues that...


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...