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 ...

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 ...

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 http://or2013.net/registration - register early and reserve your accommodation as soon as you can! We invite you to contribute to the conference program. ...

What do publishers do for authors?

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Is there an advantage to setting up your own journal or publishing your work online yourself? What do journal publishers actually do for authors? Since RCUK funded authors are soon to be paying large sums of money for OA publication of their articles, where is the value for that spend? ...

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 ...

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, ...

Reusing, Revising, Remixing and Redistributing Research

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

An OA Week guest post by Daniel Mietchen The initial purpose of Open Access is to enable researchers to make use of information already known to science as part of the published literature. One way to do that systematically is to publish scientific works under open licenses, in particular the Creative ...