Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

When I was in undergrad, we would photocopy articles down in the basement of MacOdrum library at my alma mater, Carleton University. You’d have to find the call number of the journal, head down into the basement, find the right row, then bookshelf, and finally discover someone had already taken ...

Open Access and its impact on the future of the university librarian

Friday, October 26th, 2012

With the publication of the Finch report earlier this year and the UK government's announcement to commit £10m to help make research findings freely available, there has been a gear shift towards a more rapid movement into an open access world for the publishing of scholarly information. While there has been ...

Research cut stirs university divisions

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

The Federal government's $500 million cut in research funds has driven a wedge into the sector, pitting the student access and expansion agenda against the research funding that drives global rankings for elite research universities. Group of Eight chairman and University of NSW vice-chancellor Fred Hilmer has slammed the delay in ...

Only elite to survive slump in university funds

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Only elite, research-intensive universities with global brands will exist in their current form in 15 years, while the rest will be forced to rethink their business models as decreasing government funding, increased competition and online technologies reshape the higher education landscape. Second-tier public universities will be forced to close, recreate themselves ...

ARC likely to compel open access publishing

Monday, October 15th, 2012

THE Australian Research Council is gearing up for a mandatory open access policy to bring it into line with the health and medical funding agency, chief executive Aidan Byrne says. "I think we are heading to a regime where both of the major funding institutions in Australia will have an open-access ...

Knowledge mobilisers: putting research into practice (and policy)

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Earlier this year on the Higher Education Network, I introduced knowledge mobilisation as a university-based process that connects academic social sciences and humanities research to non-academic decision makers to inform decisions about public policy and professional practice, enhance social innovation and develop sustainable solutions to social, environmental, economic and cultural ...

Gold is good, but it’s not the only colour, RCUK says

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Research Councils UK is "staggered" by the widespread misunderstanding of its new open-access policy, which it insists is not "anti-green". The comments were made by Mark Thorley, chair of RCUK's Research Outputs Network, at a discussion event called Open Access: Going for Gold? that was held last week at Imperial College ...

Research funding pays off as Australian unis power ahead in rankings

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Research funding has never been more important to Australian universities say experts, after Australia gained ground in the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The University of Melbourne remains Australia’s number one institution in the rankings, and leapt from 37th to 28th, widening its lead on second-placed Australian National University, ...

New analysis on factors associated with academics publishing more than others

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Motivation and the ability to network have a far greater impact on research productivity than age, gender, job satisfaction, managerial support or teaching load. That is the central conclusion of work by researchers from University College Dublin led by Jonathan Drennan, lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. Drennan's ...

RCUK Policy In Direct Contradiction With BOAI-10 Recommendations for Institutions

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Unless 9 words are removed from the new RCUK OA policy, it is in direct contradiction with the very first item of the new BOAI-10-Recommendations for institutions. RCUK Draft OA Policy: 3. Research Council Expectations of Researchers ...Peer reviewed research papers which result from research ...