Archive for January, 2012

Uni research focus leaving students out

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

'Australia's reliance on a model of research-active universities may be turning off students, leaving them disengaged from academics who would rather spend their time on research anyway, according to a report from the Grattan Institute think tank. In his “Mapping Australian Higher Education” report, Grattan higher education ...

Scholars Seek Better Ways to Track Impact Online

Monday, January 30th, 2012

'In academe, the game of how to win friends and influence people is serious business. Administrators and grant makers want proof that a researcher's work has life beyond the library or the lab. But the current system of measuring scholarly influence doesn't reflect the way many researchers work ...

Mapping Research Excellence: exploring the links between research excellence and research funding policy (Report)

Monday, January 30th, 2012

'This report explores patterns of national research excellence in a selection of the world’s top performing countries, the UK, the USA, China, Japan, Australia and Germany, using a new measure of excellence developed by Elsevier. National research funding systems and policies are areas of huge complexity and so the aim ...

By leveraging social media for impact, academics can create broader support for our intellectual work and profession

Friday, January 27th, 2012

'Academics have a chance to make a ‘social impact investment’, by introducing the greater public to our work and bypassing the bottleneck of commercial publishers but only if we scrap our social media-shy ways, writes Antonio Casilli. In the latest issue of the online journal Fast Capitalism, an ...

Who do you work for, faculty author?

Friday, January 27th, 2012

'In two recent blog posts, one describing the original dilemma and one his decision about it, Professor Steven Shaviro discusses his experiences trying to publish an essay in a collection that was being prepared by Oxford University Press.  He balked at the contract he was offered, and ...

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries (USA)

Friday, January 27th, 2012

'INTRODUCTION The mission of academic and research librarians is to enable teaching, learning, and research. Along with serving current faculty, researchers, and students (especially graduate students), these librarians also serve the general public, to whom academic and research libraries are often open. Finally, academic and research librarians are committed to faculty, researchers, and students of ...

Research Trends (Elsevier) Issue 26 – January 2012

Friday, January 27th, 2012

'Welcome to the 26th issue of Research Trends, in which we focus on a series of novel approaches to research assessment and bibliometrics. Two of these relate to mapping the structure of science, and three others to newly proposed indicators. Matthew Richardson opens the issue showing impressive visualizations of ...

Scholarly licence to print money

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

'WHO pays the piper in scholarly publishing is a very hot global topic. If scholarly publishing were to be established de novo in the digital era, the economics would surely be very different from the current model and taxpayers would get a better deal from their funding of university research. Scholarly ...

The Five Stars of Online Journal Articles — a Framework for Article Evaluation

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Abstract "I propose five factors — peer review, open access, enriched content, available datasets and machine-readable metadata — as the Five Stars of Online Journal Articles, a constellation of five independent criteria within a multi-dimensional publishing universe against which online journal articles can be evaluated, to see ...

Open access: impact for researchers, universities and society

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and Society of College, National and University Libraries UK (SCONUL) have commissioned from Alma Swan a short briefing on the impact of open access on researchers, universities and society.   Four page report   Source: Library Intelligencer