Archive for July, 2012

The challenge for scholarly societies

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

With major governments signalling a shift to Open Access it seems like a good time to be asking which organisations in the scholarly communications space will survive the transition. It is likely that the major current publishers will survive, although relative market share and focus is likely to change. But ...

From the IPA 2012 Congress to the Finch Report – publishers and open access

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The Finch Commission report was released in the UK on 18 June. Entitled ‘Accessibility, sustainability, excellence: how to expand access to research publications’, this report, by an independent working group headed by Dame Janet Finch, tackled ‘the important question of how to achieve better, faster access to research ...

8 Predictions for the Future of Academic Publishing

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

University presses and academic journals may perpetuate the world’s most groundbreaking research, but they tend towards the heavily conservative when it comes to changing anything and everything about their organization. But the inevitable influx of digital and new media ventures has already started trickling into the tightknit institutions, and many ...

Where is the opportunity for libraries in the Collaborative Data Infrastructure?

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Recently I have been talking a lot about how libraries can offer support to researchers in data management. As part of the Opportunities for Data Exchange project, LIBER carried out a survey of research libraries to measure the perceived demand for such support. A sizable 81% of the respondent libraries ...

A Proposed List — 60 Things Journal Publishers Do

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Journal publishers have been under pressure to prove that they add any value beyond managing peer-review and doing some basic copy editing and formatting. Often, authors are the ones asserting that journal publishers do so little, which is understandable, as authors only experience a small part of the journal publishing ...

Peer Review : the nuts and bolts

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Guide to peer review for early career researchers..... http://www.senseaboutscience.org/data/files/resources/99/Peer-review_The-nuts-and-bolts.pdf source: Sense About Science (2012) coordinator: Julia Wilson (VoYS)

What’s all the interest in Pinterest? How can it be used for research communication?

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Here on R2A we have often shouted about the benefits of using social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to further academic profiles online and build a following for development research. In recent months, a new site, the image-sharing platform Pinterest, has exploded onto the social media scene. ...

Social media is more than simply a marketing tool for academic research

Monday, July 30th, 2012

According to Jeff Jarvis, author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live, thanks to the internet, "we all have our Gutenberg presses and the privileges they accord." For academic institutions, the internet is a largely untapped resource for shaping and sharing ...

Think local, act global: Institutional Data Repositories being built in Australia with lessons learned from Institutional Publications Repositories

Monday, July 30th, 2012

This short presentation from Open Repositories 2012 is “Local in, Global Out” Copyright Peter Sefton, Vicki Picasso, Anna Shadbolt, Simon Porter and Caroline Drury. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License. Images used in this presentation are copyright the presenters unless otherwise noted. Presentation at:- http://ptsefton.com/2012/07/24/think-local-act-global-institutional-data-repositories-being-built-in-australia-with-lessons-learned-from-institutional-publications-repositories.htm authors: ...

Developing an Academic Publishing Strategy

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Last week I tweeted the fact that I had received a rejection email from a high ranking Journal less than 24 hours after I had submitted. The email stated that “We now have many more submissions for our refereeing process than we can cope with”. This annoyed me, not so ...