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 ...

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 ...

Come get the data, Carr tells researchers

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Human Services Minister Kim Carr is doing the rounds of Australian universities to encourage researchers to dip into the honeypot of data which his department is making available. The material provides huge potential for those working in health, the social sciences and many other areas, and has been welcomed by those ...

How Librarians Can Help Widen Access To Research

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

A live chat round-up involving Librarians :- from access to data, resources to support, our panel's thoughts on how librarians are influencing the dissemination of research Chat dialogue at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/2013/jan/29/university-libraries-open-access-publishing author: Claire Shaw source: Guardian Professional (29/1/13)

Free for all: ARC-funded research now open to the public

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is the largest funder of basic science and humanities research in Australia. So when the ARC talks, academics listen. And now the ARC has announced that articles resulting from research they fund should be freely available for all to read, within 12 months of the articles' ...

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 ...

Comments and Corrigenda in Scientific Literature

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

How self-correcting is the written record of scientific and engineering endeavors? Because human knowledge is by definition fallible, correction remains a necessity. An understanding of how error correction works in the scientific literature helps rebut fears that the veracity of the literature is declining and may suggest changes to enhance the ...

Open Access: News and Reflections from the ACSS Conference

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Last week, the first big public event discussing the Open Access policy announced in July was held at the Royal Statistical Society by the Academy of Social Sciences. If you are interested, many of the presentations from the event are already available online, with more write-ups to follow, as well ...

50 Shades of Grey in Scientific Publication: How Digital Publishing Is Harming Science

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Newsweek is dead. But we have Twitter. Harper-Collins just closed its last warehouse of books in the United States. Cambridge University Press, the oldest publisher of scholarly books and journals in the world, printing continuously since 1584, ceased printing operations this year and will outsource printing to another company. The ...

An Open Data Manifesto

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

The Denton Declaration Introduction On May 22, 2012 at the University of North Texas, a group of technologists and librarians, scholars and researchers, university administrators, and other stakeholders gathered to discuss and articulate best practices and emerging trends in research data management. This declaration bridges the converging interests of these stakeholders ...