Archive for September, 2012

Twitter, peer review and altmetrics: the future of research impact assessment

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

"No one can read everything. We rely on filters to make sense of the scholarly literature, but the narrow, traditional filters are being swamped. However, the growth of new, online scholarly tools allows us to make new filters; these altmetrics reflect the broad, rapid impact of scholarship in this burgeoning ...

Want to Change Academic Publishing? Just Say No

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

When I became a professor, 20 years ago, I received a request from a woman who lived close to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I taught: Could she come and talk to me about a set of interests she was developing, in the area of my own specialty in ...

Not So Fast on ‘Open Access’

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

The movement toward "open access" publishing -- in which scholarly journal articles are available free -- is taking off without consideration of the impact on humanities scholarship, says a statement being released today by the American Historical Association. The statement notes that there are many frustrations with the current system of ...

Trust in Digital Preservation: A European Framework for Audit and Certification of Digital Repositories

Monday, September 24th, 2012

New Report From APARSEN (Alliance Permanent Access to the Records of Science in Europe Network). Trust is fundamental to the working of society – in particular when it comes to unfamiliar digitally encoded information, especially when it has passed through several hands over a long period of ...

Open Access publishing: A Personal View

Monday, September 24th, 2012

General Observations As will be seen from our comments below, we are not convinced by many aspects of the current proposals in practice. We are also far from convinced by the general rationale for open-access publishing, especially the ‘gold’ option, under which the author (funder, institution or individual) pays. We recognise ...

Budapest Open Access Initiative Launches New Recommendations for the Next 10 Years of Open Access

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Open access to scientific literature plays a crucial role in the development of a digital knowledge commons, benefiting scholars, patients, researchers, and therefore, the public at large. We owe many thanks to the global open access movement that has been working hard to improve access to knowledge for over a ...

Can librarians trust resources found on Google Scholar? Yes… and no

Friday, September 21st, 2012

One of the reasons science librarians prefer subscription-based databases (ie SciFinder or Web of Science) or those offered as a service of the government (ie PubMed) is the nonstandard behavior of Google Scholar when compared to those resources. Google Scholar is not a bibliographic index, it is a search engine. ...

Scholarometer: A Social Framework for Analyzing Impact across Disciplines

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Abstract : The use of quantitative metrics to gauge the impact of scholarly publications, authors, and disciplines is predicated on the availability of reliable usage and annotation data. Citation and download counts are widely available from digital libraries. However, current annotation systems rely on proprietary labels, refer to journals but ...

Journal Research Data Policy Bank (JoRD)

Friday, September 21st, 2012

JoRD will shed light on the policies devised by academic publishers to promote linkage between journal articles and underlying research data. This initiative, is funded by JISC as part of its Digital Infrastructure Programme; it runs from July to December 2012. This work is being carried out by the Centre for ...

Identifying Threats to Successful Digital Preservation: the SPOT Model for Risk Assessment

Friday, September 21st, 2012

1. Introduction Digital preservation strategies, as well as the processes and tools that implement those strategies, are designed to secure the long-term future of digital materials. A successful digital preservation strategy must account for and mitigate the impact of various threats to the accessibility and usability of digital materials over time. ...