Archive for October, 2011

Research achievements underrated

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

'THE need to have an understanding of how our universities perform is not in question. But the way in which we measure that performance remains unfinished business. The main flaw in the Excellence in Research for Australia framework is that it does not attempt to measure ...

Online training in research data management-MANTRA

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

'The Research Data Management Training, or MANTRA project has produced an open, online training course to help disseminate good practice in research data management at the University of Edinburgh and beyond. It was formally launched at a meeting of the Applied Quantitative Methods Network this week. What is ...

Measuring impact trial gains support

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

'EFFORTS to establish a measure of research impact are gaining momentum as more universities join a planned trial. The Group of Eight is backing the trial, which is being run by the Australian Technology Network. They have been joined by Charles Darwin University, Newcastle University and the University of ...

Book Citation Index on trial at ACU until November 13

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Tracking citations in books has been a major omission of the two main citation databases, Scopus and Web of Science, as they concentrate mostly on counting citations for  journal articles.  However Thomson Reuters, the company that produces Web of Science, has just released a Book Citation Index.   The period covered ...

Times Higher Education World University Rankings: why do we care?

Monday, October 17th, 2011

'The Times Higher Education (THE) World University has recently announced the World’s top 400 Universities. American Ivy leagues and traditional British Universities are among the top 10, as one can predict. The World’s top University for 2011-12 is California Institute of Technology, followed by Harvard, Stanford, ...

Universities are increasingly moving towards recognising digital scholarship despite conflicting messages that favour traditional publishing in journals

Monday, October 17th, 2011

'Pressure to publish in traditional outlets, reinforced by the REF, conflicts with the needs of universities and scholars to make their work accessible online. Martin Weller writes that recognising digital scholarship sends a strong message about the values of its author and their institution but requires robust ...

CreateWorld 2011

Monday, October 17th, 2011

'28 - 30  November 2011 Given the success of the last five events, the AUC will again be hosting the Create World conference -  a 3 day performance, presentation, and professional development event, specifically for academic and higher-education technical staff in the digital arts disciplines. Create World 2011 will ...

ResearchGate network for researchers

Friday, October 14th, 2011

'ResearchGate is the largest professional network for scientists and researchers. Our free scientific platform enables members to collaborate with their colleagues and peers worldwide, using numerous features that are unique to ResearchGate. Over 1,000,000 scientists have already signed up.' Link to ResearchGate

Bucknell Faculty Approves Open Access Policy

Friday, October 14th, 2011

'On October 4, 2011, the faculty of Bucknell University approved an institutional policy on open access publishing. The policy reads as follows: The faculty of Bucknell University grant to Bucknell University limited use of their scholarly articles for the purpose of making these articles open access. Specifically, each faculty ...

PEER Behavioural Research: Final Report

Friday, October 14th, 2011

[Forwarding from the PEER research project, via the Am-Sci OA Forum.  --Peter Suber.] News release – PEER Publishing and the Ecology of European Research 6 October 2011 PEER Behavioural Research: Final Report on authors and users vis-a-vis journals and repositories now available at: The PEER Behavioural Research Team from ...