Force11 Blogs


“If a tree falls in a forest…” Why REF impact isn’t the only (or best) reason to engage with social media to make an impact

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 3:00am

Unemployment, immigration and health policy are among some of the social science topics debated each weekend in your local pub. Instead of creating new knowledge as an end in itself...


Can LinkedIn and Academia.edu enhance access to open repositories?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 3:00am

Now that research is developing an online presence, thoughts are turning to how to maximise this. Brian Kelly investigates linking strategies; from Google Scholar Citations, Academia...


Worth A Thousand Words

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 11:09am

The flowers of different species of Loasaceae, shown above, have developed impressive techniques to lure pollinators. Initially, the stamens are hidden in the boat-shaped petals, and upon stimulus...


The long tail of academic publishing and why that isn’t a bad thing

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 3:00am

Universities are foolish to focus on academic superstars at the expense of staff that expand the ‘long tail’ of research. David Glance argues that increasing the numbers of academics...


Amazon's Announcement of Glacier

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 12:00pm

Today's announcement from Amazon of Glacier vindicates the point I made here, that the pricing model of cloud storage services such as S3 is unsuitable for long-term storage. In order to have a...


Deep impact: Our manuscript on the consequences of journal rank

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 3:00am

Bjoern Brembs has argued that journal rank has no persuasive predictive property for any measure of scientific quality. In an attempt to set a standard for the evidence used in...


Organizing your personal research library and compiling bibliographies: I was an EndNote refusenik, but now I’m a Mendeley convert

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012 - 3:00am

A key aspect of scholarship is how you create a personal research library, find and access your sources when needed, and cite them accurately and comprehensively. Patrick Dunleavy...


The books that inspired Natalya Vince: “Domination and the Arts of Resistance helped me think about the complex nature of encounters between ‘the powerful’ and ‘the powerless’ in Algeria”

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 3:00am

Natalya Vince is Senior Lecturer in North African and French Studies at the University of Portsmouth. She specialises in modern Algerian and French history. Natalya talks us through...


So all I need is a number?

Source: NIF Blog Essays Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012 - 4:56pm

In the Neuroscience Information Framework (http://neuinfo.org), we often tout the importance of using unique identifiers rather than text strings as a way to ensure that search engines like NIF can...


So all I need is a number?

Source: NIF Blog FORCE11 Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012 - 4:56pm

In the Neuroscience Information Framework (http://neuinfo.org), we often tout the importance of using unique identifiers rather than text strings as a way to ensure that search engines like NIF can...


If impact is essential to REF, how can we find a common definition across research fields?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012 - 3:00am

‘Impact’ can mean different things to different people yet all researchers are being faced with proving evidence of their own impact. Teresa Penfield introduces the DESCRIBE...


New paper in GigaScience: sequencing and the single-cell

Source: GigaBlog Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 9:34am

The precipitous drop in the price of next generation sequencing coupled with its increasing sensitivity has opened up whole new areas of research, one of the most interesting in recent years being...


Your reputation, your terms: Introducing the RG Score

Source: Research Gate Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 7:16am

We’ve been working away at something pretty big here at ResearchGate HQ - and today, we’re excited to officially introduce you to the RG Score, a new metric designed to help you measure, build,...


We need to say yes to academic self-publishing but senior academics must lead the way

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 3:00am

Getting to grips with self-publishing might be time consuming at first but Elizabeth Eva Leach shows that welcome engagement and expert editorial input can be gained from going it...


PLOS ONE Launches Synthetic Biology Collection

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 2:10pm

Today PLOS ONE is happy to announce the launch of the Synthetic Biology Collection, including over 50 papers published in the last six years that illustrate the many facets of this dynamically...


Taking the Impact Factor seriously is similar to taking creationism, homeopathy or divining seriously

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 3:00am

There is no evidence that journal rank has any persuasive predictive property for any measure of scientific quality. Every scientist who is not aware of the unscientific nature of...


PLOS ONE Launches Reproducibility Initiative

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 4:55pm

PLOS ONE is pleased to announce a collaboration with Science Exchange and figshare in a groundbreaking new project: The Reproducibility Initiative. The initiative aims to help scientists validate...


Closing the ‘relevance’ gap makes more fundamental demands of academic researchers

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 3:00am

Catherine Durose argues that we must find alternative ways of working with communities that allow them to set terms of engagement. She advocates co-production, a research method...


Wow – Google Scholar ‘Updates’ a big step forward in sifting through the scientific literature

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 3:00am

Google Scholar had shown great promise as a digital tool for academics. Jonathan Eisen discovers its new ‘updates’ service has potential to open the door to a lot of new, valuable...


The books that inspired Sumantra Bose: “Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth touched a chord with both my national and personal background”

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 3:00am

Sumantra Bose is Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the LSE with a specialty in ethnic and national conflicts. Here he discusses the book that inspired his early...


I’m an academic and desperately need an online presence, where do I start?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012 - 3:00am

Salma Patel has been on a whistle-stop tour of academic social media channels. Here she shares her simple, practical tips for academics who want to start engaging with the wider...


Evidence-based, informative and on YouTube? How to communicate science in the Internet age

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 3:00am

Traditional methods of communicating research don’t appeal to an online audience. But academics can’t just rely on charisma and trust when communicating to online viewers. Dorothy...


GKR Cooperative Curation Symposium

Source: McDonald Online Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 8:38am

So today I am at the Galileo Knowledge Repository Cooperative Curation Symposium. This event is being held at the Clough Undergraduate Commons Facility at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I am on...


Blog inequality in scholarly research will not end until digital preservation techniques improve

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 3:00am

Academic blogs are transient, ephemeral and present a problem for citation, but their faults are not necessarily because of a distinct lack of mechanisms for preservation of digital...