Archive for April, 2012

An Interview with Cameron Neylon, PLoS’ New Director of Advocacy

Monday, April 30th, 2012

"Open access (OA) scholarly publishing is a contentious subject. The loudest, most-readily heard voices are often those from the extreme ends of the spectrum, those lost in unrealistic idealism or those mired in the mundane details of running a business. Pairing these extremes leads to interesting, ...

Harvard backs open access in face of ‘prohibitive’ journal costs

Monday, April 30th, 2012

"A committee of senior Harvard academics has urged the university’s staff to publish in open access journals amid concern that the cost of journal subscriptions is becoming “untenable”. In an email sent to all Harvard faculty members last week, Harvard’s Faculty Advisory Council to the Library complains that “many large journal ...

Inventor of Scopus journal metric compares SNIP to Journal Impact Factor

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Dr Henk Moed Professor of Research Assessment Methodology at Leiden University in the Netherlands, who developed a newer indicator of journal impact, the Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP), which is used in Elsevier’s Scopus, discusses the metric. Dr Moed also talks about how the length of reference lists ...

Open access not as simple as it sounds: outgoing ARC boss

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

"After almost five years at the helm of the Australian Research Council (ARC), Margaret Sheil will this week step down to take up the position of Provost at the University of Melbourne. Professor Sheil has enjoyed a long career in academia, including a 17-year stint at the University of Wollongong, ...

The Scientific Evolution: Open Science and the Future of Publishing

Friday, April 20th, 2012

This University of Oxford podcast is a wonderful survey of the landscape of publishing and the open access debate. But it is one hour and 52 minutes long. The diverse panel included publishers, funders, academics and entrepreneurs: Tim Gowers the Fields Medal winning mathematician, Victor Henning the co-founder and CEO ...

Research Data Curation Bibliography

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Digital Scholarship (http://bit.ly/172mLs) has released the Research Data Curation Bibliography. It includes over 100 selected English-language articles and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions. http://digital-scholarship.org/rdcb/rdcb.htm Most sources have been published from 2000 through 2011; however, a limited number of ...

Development of a Registry of Research Data Repositories

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

re3data.org - Development of a Registry of Research Data Repositories More and more universities and research centres are starting to build research data repositories allowing permanent access to data sets in a trustworthy environment. Due to disciplinary requirements, the landscape of data repositories is very heterogeneous. Thus it is difficult for ...

Changes Coming For Open Access To Research In Europe

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Pressure is growing in Europe for open, free access to research results, particularly if they are publicly funded. The European Commission (EC) said this week it will propose a plan for open access soon, while the Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK are cracking down on researchers who don’t comply ...

Ethics, consent and data sharing

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

'Sharing of research data that relates to people can often be achieved using a combination of obtaining consent, anonymising data and regulating data access. This guide is intended for those engaged in research involving human subjects which is subject to ethics approval, and for those with a role ...

Ethics webinar Thurs, 19 April, 1-2pm AEST

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Those undertaking research involving human subjects are expected to maintain high standards of integrity when it comes to ensuring that ethical standards are met. The issue of how to share data collected in the course of such research is, therefore, something of a challenge. This webinar is designed to set ...