ACU now subscribes to Book Citation Index in Web of Knowledge

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Books traditionally have not been covered in database citation-tracking tools such as Web of Science and Scopus but that is starting to change.  In the last two years Thomson Reuters, producers of Web of Science, have added two Book Citation Indexes to their journal citation-tracking databases.  ACU now subscribes to ...

Citation Index

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

A citation index is an index of citations between publications, allowing the user to easily discern which later documents cite which earlier documents. The first citation indices were legal citators such as Shepard's Citations (1873). In 1960, Eugene Garfield's Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) introduced the first citation index for papers ...

The new metrics cannot be ignored – we need to implement centralised impact management systems to understand what these numbers mean

Monday, March 11th, 2013

By using the social web to convey both scholarly and public attention of research outputs, altmetrics offer a much richer picture than traditional metrics based on exclusive citation database information. Pat Loria compares the new metrics services and argues that as more systems incorporate altmetrics into their platforms, institutions will ...

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 ...

Updated Scholar Metrics: Now Grouped by Research Area

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

... from Google Earlier this year, we launched Scholar Metrics which provides an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Today, we are updating Scholar Metrics to make it easier for you to explore publications in research areas that you are ...

Research Trends – Big Data

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Research Trends Issue 30 - September 2012 Editorial: Special Issue on Big Data Research Trends is proud to present this Special Issue on the topic of Big Data. Big Data refers to various forms of large information sets that require special computational platforms in order to be analyzed. This issue looks at the ...

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 ...

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 ...

Open access, Primo Central and addressing accessibility to open access articles in hybrid journals

Monday, September 10th, 2012

The recommendations of the UK’s recent Finch report, looking into potential models for the expansion of access to the published findings of research, sparked interesting discussions about the value and philosophy of gold vs. green open access publishing. The Finch report recommends a model whereby research findings, particularly when research ...