Altmetric It Bookmarklet

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

I have been using the Altmetric It Bookmarklet myself for a while now, and more recently as a really useful and quick tool to demonstrate to researchers the importance of thinking "outside the impact factor" and traditional citation metrics. Talking about twitter and social networking tools is all well and ...

Blogging – or the power of we, not me

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Today is Blog Action Day, an annual event that aims to unite the world's bloggers by asking them to post about the same issue on the same day to raise awareness and trigger global discussion. The topic for 2012 is 'the power of we'. A common prejudice around blogging and ...

An Update on Top 10 Publishing Trends for 2012

Friday, October 5th, 2012

At the beginning of this year we looked at the 10 key trends which we believed would define publishing in 2012 and beyond. In this post, we take another look at these predictions as 2012 enters its late stages, and evaluate just how much difference nine months make to an ...

Universities and social media: Academics need to be bold in our use of social media and not outsource digital dissemination to widget gurus

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Universities are unique institutions that need social media policies that fit their goals of knowledge creation and dissemination. Mark Smithers writes that this isn’t a task that should be outsourced to ‘social media gurus’ with no knowledge of academia. My friend Inger Mewburn (@thesiswhisperer) recently wrote a thoughtful piece for The ...

Open Access and Closed Minds: Balancing Intellectual Property and Public Interest in the Digital Age

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Nearly a decade ago, South Africa based British documentary producer Neil Curry made an extraordinary film, The Elephant, the Emperor and the Butterfly Tree about the complex ecosystem around Africa’s mopane woodland. This engaging tale won many awards in leading environmental and natural history film festivals. Having spent several months in ...

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 ...

Using Social Media for Research

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Today nearly a Billion people use Facebook, and more than 500 million use Twitter to connect, share and interact with one another. YouTube receives more than 4 Billion video views per day, millions of people blog, and there are than more than 14 million articles on Wikipedia. Social Media today ...

Institutional repositories and access to research

Monday, August 13th, 2012

In her review of academic publishing (discussed in this Just Do It blog post), Dame Janet Finch considered the role of institutional repositories: databases containing reports of research either before they are submitted for publication in a journal or at some point after they have been published. Co-incidentally, we ...

The Use Of Social Media For Academic Practice: a Review of Literature

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Abstract Social media has become extremely popular among college students. It is estimated that several million students across the globe use these resources for personal interactions on a daily basis. As Web-based technologies are designed to support the social architecture of a community, educators and researchers are exploring the integration of ...

What’s all the interest in Pinterest? How can it be used for research communication?

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Here on R2A we have often shouted about the benefits of using social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to further academic profiles online and build a following for development research. In recent months, a new site, the image-sharing platform Pinterest, has exploded onto the social media scene. ...