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 ...

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 ...

The undervalued book collection and peer review

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Articles in an edited book shouldn’t be less valuable because they’re not peer reviewed in the same way as journal articles. The editor of a book places their academic reputation on the line in a way that journals do not. Martin Eve warns against snubbing book collections and advises to ...

Impact factor: researchers should define the metrics that matter to them

Monday, September 10th, 2012

The impact factor assumes that the most cited articles are the most influential, but influence is only one aspect of importance ..... One of the challenges faced by research funders – both public and private – is how to maximise the amount of work being done on important problems, without institutionalising ...

Wiley Joins the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced today its new membership of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA). OASPA represents the interests of open access journal publishers globally in all scientific, technical and scholarly disciplines and enables exchange of information, setting standards, advancing models, advocacy, education, and the promotion of ...

The first steps towards a modern system of scientific publication

Monday, August 20th, 2012

About a year ago on this site, I discussed a model for addressing some of the major problems in scientific publishing. The main idea was simple: replace the current system of pre-publication peer review with one in which all research is immediately published and only afterwards sorted according to quality ...

We need to say yes to academic self-publishing but senior academics must lead the way

Friday, August 17th, 2012

A tweet back in July from the @LSEimpactblog with a link to Aimee Morrison’s blog on guerrilla self-publishing asked if it was time for more academics to consider it. I’d started tentatively nearly a year ago–August 2011– with a short article on a newly discovered concordance for a medieval motet, ...

What is this peer-review process anyway?

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Let me begin with a digression. (Hey, we may as well start as we mean to go on). Citations in scientific writing are used for two very different reasons, but because the two cases have the same form we often confuse them. We may cite a work as an authority, to ...

Replacing the Paper: The Twelve Rs of the e-Research Record

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

I believe that the academic paper is now obsolescent as the fundamental sharable description of a piece of research. In the future we will be sharing some other form of scholarly artefact, something which is digital and designed for reuse and to drop easily into the tooling of e-Research, and ...