Force11 Blogs


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...


Thoughts from IPAW 2012

Source: Think Links Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 1:00pm

This year I had the opportunity to be program co-chair and help organize the 4th International Provenance and Annotation Workskhop (IPAW). The event went great, really, better than I imagined. First...


What drives change in the UK policy agenda? Systemic data collection has the answer

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 3:00am

In the first of a two-part series, Peter John explains how a systemic approach to data collection has enabled an exploration of the UK’s policy agenda and how it has changed over...


Aping around: Locomotor behavior of an extinct great ape

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, June 25, 2012 - 5:15pm

A great ape that roamed Spain 10 million years ago got around like no other hominids known before or since, researchers conclude, based on a unique mosaic of skeletal features that suggest a...


“But who is going to read 12,000 tweets?!” How researchers can collect and share relevant social media content at conferences

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, June 25, 2012 - 3:00am

Using social media to communicate at conferences allows more space and time for attendees to join discussions and network. But are these conversational tweets of any use once the...


Oxford University Press to support Open Citations

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Friday, June 22, 2012 - 1:43pm

I am delighted to announce that Cathy Kennedy, OUP’s Senior Publisher for Journals, has just written to me as follows: “Oxford University Press is delighted to support the Open Citation Corpus...