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An administrative blight is destined to spread throughout universities if academics don’t learn how to resist

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 3:00am

The structure of universities in the UK, US and Canada have altered dramatically in recent years with numbers of administrative and support personnel rising rapidly by up to 300 per...


What’s next, as Facebook use in UK universities continues to grow?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 3:00am

How widely is Facebook used within higher education? And does ‘liking’ a university’s Facebook page really signify engagement between the student and the institution? Brian Kelly...


First thoughts on the Finch Report: Good steps but missed opportunities

Source: Science in the Open Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 12:38am

The Finch Report was commissioned by the UK Minister for Universities and Science to investigate possible routes for the UK to adopt Open Access for publicly funded research. The report was released...


Open Citations and Semantic Publishing

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Monday, June 18, 2012 - 5:12am

Given the renewed interest among publishers in the Open Citations Corpus, following the decisions by Nature Publishing Group, publisher of Nature, and by the American Association for the Advancement...


Scholars are quickly moving toward a universe of web-native communication

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, June 18, 2012 - 3:00am

Jason Priem, Judit Bar-Ilan, Stefanie Haustein, Isabella Peters, Hadas Shema, and Jens Terliesner get a sense of how established the academic presence is online, and how an...


Happy Father’s Day from PLoS ONE! An interview with Alex and Steven Theg

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 1:52am

Here at PLoS ONE we are proud to have a father-son team on staff. Alex Theg (AT) is a Publications Assistant for PLoS ONE, and his father, Dr. Steven Theg (ST), is a PLoS ONE Academic Editor. We...


Science joins Nature in opening reference citations

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 6:59am

Hot on the heels of my announcement on Monday that Nature Publishing Group has agreed to open its articles’ reference lists, I am delighted to announce that Science Magazine, the American Association...


‘Evaluating the Impact of Climate Change’: Event podcasts and speaker blog posts

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, June 15, 2012 - 3:00am

Our latest conference, ‘Evaluating the Impact of Climate Change’, fostered debates on how to influence governance of local and national strategies, how to liaise with and impact on...


The UK’s thirty year experiment in innovation policy

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 3:00am

The UK fares very well in international comparisons of the research and development intensity of the higher education sector, with 26 per cent of this research taking place in...


Announcing the Human Microbiome Project Collection

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 12:19pm

For the first time, a consortium of researchers has mapped the full community of microbes that inhabit various parts of the healthy human body. Many of these findings will be published today in a new...


Getting attention is the name of the game: How the publication pressure crowds out attention to policy

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 3:00am

We academics might love to be on the receiving end of applause from our peers but the singular focus on publications as the sole measuring rod of academic quality is deeply misguided...


The Republic of Blogs: A new phase in the development and democratization of knowledge

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 3:00am

After a long period of monopolising academic discourse, European universities went into decline. Intellectual development moved outside the walled gardens of academia creating a...


Access to Citation Data

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 1:50am

The JISC, in response to its invitation to tender, has recently funded Curtis+Cartwright Consulting Ltd, a research and strategy consultancy, to undertake an independent study entitled Access to...


Honey bee see . . . honey bee do?

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 4:44pm

Training a dog is hard enough, so just imagine some of the tricks you would have to use to train a honey bee. Despite the difficulties, Scott Dobrin and Susan Fahrbach at Wake Forest University in...


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

Source: Science in the Open Posted: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 7:53am

The holy grail of research assessment is a means of automatically tracking the way research changes the way practitioners act in the real world. How does new research influence policy? Where has...


Nature to open its reference list data

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 7:21am

Bibliographic references are the links that knit together independent scholarly endeavours.  I am thus delighted to announce that Nature Publishing Group, publisher of Nature, Nature Genetics and...


Why publishers should open their references

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 6:52am

Why should the publishers of subscription-access journals, who presently generate income from the sale of access to peer-reviewed full text scholarly articles, be willingly open the reference lists...


Added value in publishing: I don’t think those words mean what you think they mean

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 3:00am

Neither the incumbent subscription publishers, nor their current library customers, appear to believe that the value added by publishers justifies the current costs. Cameron Neylon...


More Rs than Pirates

Source: E-research a Nature Network Blog Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 4:41pm

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


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...