Elsevier withdraws support for the Research Works Act

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Elsevier has announced that it no longer supports the Research Works Act. That's the Bill -- for which Elsevier was a major backer -- that would bar the government from requiring open and free access (after a period of time) to government-funded research: While we continue to oppose government mandates in ...

Scholars Seek Better Ways to Track Impact Online

Monday, January 30th, 2012

'In academe, the game of how to win friends and influence people is serious business. Administrators and grant makers want proof that a researcher's work has life beyond the library or the lab. But the current system of measuring scholarly influence doesn't reflect the way many researchers work ...

Research Trends (Elsevier) Issue 26 – January 2012

Friday, January 27th, 2012

'Welcome to the 26th issue of Research Trends, in which we focus on a series of novel approaches to research assessment and bibliometrics. Two of these relate to mapping the structure of science, and three others to newly proposed indicators. Matthew Richardson opens the issue showing impressive visualizations of ...

Group of Eight view of measuring the impact of research

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

'In 2012 a dozen Australian universities will trial a system of assessing the impact of their research on the world outside academia as a possible means of directing funding. The pilot scheme is being led by the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN). The ATN ran a similar ...

Google Scholar Citations is now open to everyone. It shows great promise as a free, reliable way to track and compare academic impact over time

Friday, November 25th, 2011

'Google is once again making progress in organising the world’s information, this time by systematising the way scholarly citations are noted. Professor Patrick Dunleavy creates his Google Scholar profile and finds the process intuitive, helpful, and a welcome alternative to traditional measures of academic influence.' Read More         Source: LSE

Measuring research impact: ATN chief talks about the push for a new system

Friday, November 18th, 2011

"The election of the Rudd Government in 2007 killed the momentum that had been building in the last few years of the Howard government for research valuation to move beyond metrics-based methods (such as counting peer-reviewed publications and citations) to a broader assessment that looked at the ...

No tyranny of metrics: scrapped Australian plan now a revolution in research assessment in England

Friday, November 4th, 2011

'Visiting British expert David Sweeney could have star appeal for academics frustrated by the bureaucratic inflexibility of Australia’s research auditing system and metrics-based assessments blind to the social impact of their work. Dr Sweeney, director of research, innovation and skills at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), is speaking ...

The Impact Factor of Open Access journals

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

'In the world of Open Access publishing the golden road has received a great deal of attention. At least this is what our researchers seem to remember. Of course there are other roads to open access, but I want to present the impact factors of the journals ...

Continual publishing across journals, blogs and social media maximises impact by increasing the size of the ‘academic footprint’.

Friday, October 28th, 2011

'‘Site or Cite’ was, and remains, a terrible pun about how to publish the outputs of research so as to maximise their potential impact. Exactly what could constitute ‘best positioning’ is a complex matter, encompassing issues such as the discoverability, availability and accessibility of publications. Advocating ...

Research achievements underrated

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

'THE need to have an understanding of how our universities perform is not in question. But the way in which we measure that performance remains unfinished business. The main flaw in the Excellence in Research for Australia framework is that it does not attempt to measure ...