Research excellence is about more than the number of bodies in a building

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

As we enter the REF (Research Excellence Framework) submission year our minds will become ever more focused on research, with words like "impact" and "value" dominating discussions. However, underlying it all will be concerns about the outcomes, and the implications this will have on research funding. The 1994 Group has highlighted ...

Eighth International Conference on Open Repositories 2013: Call for Proposals and Registration Open

Friday, December 7th, 2012

This year’s Open Repositories Conference (OR2013) takes place in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada between Monday, July 8 and Friday, July 12. Registration is now open at - register early and reserve your accommodation as soon as you can! We invite you to contribute to the conference program. ...

British Library leads the way for sharing research data in the UK as five major institutions sign up to DataCite

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Five major research centres have expanded their commitment to make data more accessible through the British Library’s DataCite service, a global initiative which addresses the problem of how to find, access and re-use the results of research. The Archaeology Data Service, the UK Data Archive, the Natural Environment Research Council, ...

Research blogs

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Assorted research blog links at :- source: The Guardian - Higher Education Network (10/10/12)

Defence treaty to ‘censor’ research

Friday, October 12th, 2012

UP TO 90 per cent of academic research could be affected by an Australian-US trade agreement that would make it an offence for academics to communicate findings on research, the University of Sydney has warned. A Senate committee is examining proposals to join Australia in a defence trade treaty with the ...

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 tools will make sharing research data safer in cyberspace

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Harvard researchers will receive a four-year NSF grant totaling nearly $5 million to study and enhance the privacy of research data. No longer limited to narrow focus groups, painstaking in-person surveys, or artificially controlled studies, researchers today have a far easier time compiling and manipulating large data sets. At the same ...

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 ...

When research findings explode

Friday, September 21st, 2012

The world of psychology has been rocked by fake and fraudulent scientific data and plagiarism, writes Alok Jha. Dirk Smeesters had spent several years of his career as a social psychologist at Erasmus University in Rotterdam studying how consumers behaved in different situations. Did colour have an effect on what they ...