Archive for June, 2011

From where I sit – Bowl out the ‘Measurers’

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Source: Times Higher Education 'In the last days of May, the Australian government came to an unwontedly sensible conclusion in regard to its recently completed Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) exercise. It dropped the splitting of journals into four categories starting at A* and declining to ...

Second International Symposium on Metrics-Based Research Evaluation Highlighted Different Perspectives on Measuring the Impact and Quality of Research

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Thomson Reuters Press Release 'Jointly Hosted By Thomson Reuters, The University of Queensland And The University of Western Australia, The Symposium In Brisbane Garnered Healthy Debate Sydney, AUSTRALIA, June 20, 2011 – The evaluation of the economic and social impact of research and its metrics, by national systems ...

Open access comes of age: Publishing model enters phase of slower but steady growth

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Source: naturenews Author: John Whitfield 'A study of open-access publishing — published last week in the open-access journal PLoS ONE — has found that the number of papers in freely accessible journals is growing at a steady 20% per year (M. Laakso et al. PLoS ONE 6, ...

British Library and Google to put 250,000 books online

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Source: Public Service.CO.UK 'The British Library has turned to Google to take on the cost of publishing 250,000 books online, it has emerged. Under a major project to digitise 40 million pages from 1700-1870, the two organisations announced a partnership to open access to one of the greatest collections ...

Value of Academic Libraries

Monday, June 20th, 2011

'The ACRL publication Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report is a review of the quantitative and qualitative literature, methodologies and best practices currently in place for demonstrating the value of academic libraries, developed for ACRL by Megan ...

The ARC and Research Evaluation Committees

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Source: The Australian Author: Stephen Matchett 'Only a pessimist would suggest the ARC’s new measure of research excellence, which relies on expert committees, coud be as controversial as the journal ranking it replaces. So here goes. Readers will remember that under the old system a committee of discipline experts ranked ...

Rankings do more harm than good: Brussels Report

Monday, June 20th, 2011

From the Australian, June 17 "A European university group has unleashed a damning assessment of the most popular university rankings, claiming they ignore up to 99 per cent of the world's 17,000-odd universities and incite some to manipulate or even misrepresent data". Full story

Invitation to ACU 2011 Competitive Research Symposium

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven is pleased to invite you to the ACU Research Symposium Final Australian Catholic University (ACU) North Sydney Campus Ryan Auditorium 40 Edward Street, North Sydney on Monday 20 June 2011 2pm – 5pm (Afternoon tea will be provided) RSVP Monday 13 June 2011 Email: Phone: 07 3623 7489   The Top 11 Research Projects from 23 presentations have been selected ...

The Development of Open Access Journal Publishing from 1993 to 2009

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Research Article Authors: Mikael Laakso, Patrik Welling, Helena Bukvova, Linus Nyman, Bo-Christer Björk, Turid Hedlund Abstract: 'Open Access (OA) is a model for publishing scholarly peer reviewed journals, made possible by the Internet. The full text of OA journals and articles can be freely read, as the publishing is funded through ...

ACU Symposium: Keeping the Door Open: Learning, Teaching, and Social Justice in Tertiary Education

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Call for Papers Australian Catholic University, School of Arts and Sciences, Melbourne Friday 25th November 2011 Social justice has always been a concern of tertiary education, but in recent years government and institutional policy and initiatives have made this concern more formal. For example, across the sector specific measures have been taken to ...