Archive for June, 2012

Open access is the future of academic publishing, says Finch report

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Responses to the Finch Report are appearing as per this article from The Guardian :- Transition to open access could cost £60m a year but bring benefits for UK economy and increase efficiency of research Making all the UK's publicly funded scientific research free for anyone to read could cost up to ...

UK move to ‘open access’ in publishing ‘misguided’

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

"Advocates of “open access” publishing in academia say a UK report that proposes spending £60 million a year to make all publicly-funded research free to access will protect the profits of publishers at the expense of scholarship. The British government has enlisted the services of Wikipedia founder Jimmy ...

Strength in numbers: do ERA rankings add up for universities?

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Professor Matthew Bailes, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) at Swinburne UT, offers some insights into the ERA initiative :- http://theconversation.edu.au/strength-in-numbers-do-era-rankings-add-up-for-universities-7493 Source: The Conversation

Open access to research is inevitable, says Nature editor-in-chief

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

"Open access to scientific research articles will "happen in the long run", according to the editor-in-chief of Nature, one of the world's premier scientific journals. Philip Campbell said that the experience for readers and researchers of having research freely available is "very compelling". But other academic publishers ...

“What Is the Most Important Advance Publishers Have Made in the Past Decade?”

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

This month’s Ask the Chefs question deals with the issue — how publisher are changing: “What is the most important advance publishers have made in the past decade?” Full story   Source: Scholarly Kitchen

10 ways researchers can use Twitter

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Useful, helpful Prezi presentation by Salma Patel on how researchers can use Twitter. Presentation

Universities to explain benefit of research to ‘end users’

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

'Academics from a dozen universities will be required to explain to industry experts the economic and social value of hundreds of research projects from the past 20 years, under guidelines for a trial designed to measure the wider benefits of taxpayer-funded academic work. Twelve universities – four from the ...

Research Trends – Elsevier – Issue 28, May 2012

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Editorial: "This issue illustrates how bibliometrics is useful for a wide range of stakeholders: how it generates powerful numbers with a large impact upon policy; how it helps to assess the impact of scientific journals; how it explores new measures of use of research articles based on the number of ...

Top-cited academics honoured (but where’s the humanity?)

Friday, June 1st, 2012

'Twelve academics today received awards as the most prolific and most-cited researchers in fields deemed to be strong areas for Australian research, at a ceremony in Canberra. However, the prestigious Thomson Reuters Australia Citation and Innovation Awards has raised the eyebrows of education and humanities academics who ...