Archive for August, 2011

So when does academic publishing get disrupted?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

'Anyone who has been following the travails of the publishing industry knows that the business is in the throes of widespread disruption, thanks to the rise of the web and digital publishing, and what Om has called the “democracy of distribution.” But as author and academic George Monbiot ...

Duke University to expand access to free electronic books

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

'Duke University is about to expand access to free electronic books to include thousands of titles that are not yet available from the world's most ambitious e-book project: the gargantuan online library compiled by Google Books. This fall Duke will be among the nation's first institutions to ...

Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

'Though academic libraries have been frantically cutting subscriptions to make ends meet, journals now consume 65% of their budgets. Who are the most ruthless capitalists in the western world? Whose monopolistic practices make Walmart look like a corner shop and Rupert Murdoch a socialist? You won't guess the ...

Quality data underpins research excellence (Podcast)

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

'Ahead of JISC's research integrity conference, about the importance of good data management being held on 13 September, JISC's Rebecca O'Brien talks with Professor Kevin Schürer, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at the University of Leicester, about how the university has developed a strategy for managing their ...

Ranking Repositories

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Updated edition July 2011 'The Ranking of Repositories is published since 2008 and two editions are available usually at the end of January and July. The repositories ...

The Ethics of Self-Plagiarism

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

'New study examines the growing problem of republishing and repurposing content in scholarly research. OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- iParadigms, the leader in plagiarism prevention software, today announced a new study titled "The Ethics of Self-Plagiarism," an area of growing concern in the world of scholarly ...

ALTC Project – A Best Practice Framework to inform and guide Higher Degree by research training excellence in Australia

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Australian Learning & Teaching Council funded project (2011) Status: Ongoing Abstract: In Australian Higher Education institutions, there is wide variation in Higher Degree by Research (HDR) policies and procedures that govern research training including admissions, assessment, training and supervision.  This project aims to develop a Best Practice Framework ...

New database helps with research methods

Monday, August 29th, 2011

An Open-Source Application for Publishing, Citing and Discovering Research Data

Friday, August 26th, 2011

'The Dataverse Network is an application to publish, share, reference, extract and analyze research data. It facilitates making data available to others, and allows to replicate others work. Researchers and data authors get credit, publishers and distributors get credit, affiliated institutions get credit.' Read More

Extending the Reach and Impact of Graduate Works

Friday, August 26th, 2011

New paper from ProQuest Scholarly Publishing exploring the role of the student dissertation in the global dissemination of knowledge and strategies for extending accessibility to this resource. Link to Paper