Archive for February, 2013

Altmetric It Bookmarklet

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

I have been using the Altmetric It Bookmarklet myself for a while now, and more recently as a really useful and quick tool to demonstrate to researchers the importance of thinking "outside the impact factor" and traditional citation metrics. Talking about twitter and social networking tools is all well and ...

Researchers opt to limit uses of open-access publications

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Academics are — slowly — adopting the view that publicly funded research should be made freely available. But data released yesterday suggest that, given the choice, even researchers who publish in open-access journals want to place restrictions on how their papers can be re-used — for example, sold by others ...

Neither Green nor Gold

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

At our recent “Facing Forwards” breakfast seminar, Sunil Vadera gave a fascinating overview of his research group’s work in data mining, and the extraordinary opportunities that are emerging from our ability to search and sort massive amounts of digital data extremely rapidly. Shortly after this, I was in London ...

Database checklist: Key academic research resources — both free and restricted

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Members of the media do “research” by performing all sorts of tasks — pulling financial records, tracking down contact information for sources, scraping data from government websites. But another key skill is the ability to locate and review academic studies to strengthen and deepen stories. The Journalist’s Resource studies database ...