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OA and the UK Humanities & Social Sciences: Wrong risks and missed opportunities

Humanities and Social Sciences are facing oblivion unless researchers take this generational opportunity to reset the thinking and funding mechanisms. Cameron Neylon writes that it is time humanities and social science embrace open access or risk losing everything. Someone once said to me that the best way to get researchers to be serious about the issue of modernising scholarly communications […]

January 4th, 2013|Uncategorized|5 Comments|

REF nightmares before Christmas

In a moment of frivolity Athene Donald sketched out how a REF committee in a dysfunctional department might pan out. As chair of her own local REF committee she is delighted to say my own  experiences bear no relationship to this sad state of affairs, however complex our discussions may get. It’s been a long time since I’ve visited  the […]

December 20th, 2012|Impact, REF 2014|0 Comments|

Altmetrics are the central way of measuring communication in the digital age but what do they miss?

Inspired by the push towards altmetrics, Nick Scott sees great potential to better communicate indicators of academic success. But this does constitute impact? Here, he puts forward questions on media mentions, website page hits and the ‘dark stuff’. The LSE Future of Impacts conference in London saw a lively debate on numerous issues. However it was the discussion on altmetrics […]

Efforts to strengthen UK universities will suffer if campaigns ignore their European counterparts

Moves to prove impact have led to a rise in campaign groups in support of public universities and the social sciences across the UK and Europe. Anne Corbett finds a worrying level of insularity in the UK’s organisations and argues that that there is space for a Campaign for European Universities to strengthen the impact of these groups. This post […]

December 13th, 2012|Government, Impact|0 Comments|

A new paradigm of scholarly communications is emerging: A report from the Future of Impact conference

Policymakers and academics agree that the economic or public impact of research can’t be demonstrated through just citations and bibliometrics yet open access publishing, altmetrics and online methods must be further developed before we can rely on them to prove impact. Ernesto Priego reports from last week’s Future of Impact conference. How can alternative digital methods of scholarly assessment maximise […]

December 12th, 2012|Events, Impact|7 Comments|

Five minutes with Andrew Herbert: “The social scientists we could do business with were those who grounded their ideas through field studies, cultural probes and social data”.

Part of PPG’s Impact of Social Sciences project focuses on how academic research in the social sciences influences decision-makers in business, government and civil society. Rebecca Mann talked to Andrew Herbert OBE, former Chairman of Microsoft Research. He explains the value that social scientists can bring to industrial research organisations. You were responsible for bringing social scientists into Microsoft Research […]

December 7th, 2012|Impact|2 Comments|

Universities should sink their resources into publishing partnerships with scholarly societies

Christopher Land writes that a hybrid partnership between the university press and scholarly society would put publishing back under academic control and would produce a more open, and impactful, form of publishing. In UK universities this year, conversations are dominated by the REF. Whether a colleague is ‘REFable’, who has the gold-standard ‘4×4’, or whether x journal is a 2 […]

Join us online for the Future of Academic Impacts conference!

New measurements of academic impact and the growth of digital media has transformed the landscape of academic dissemination. Today, the LSE Impacts of Social Science team will be debating the future of impact research and measurement and tackling digital dissemination tools head on. Why not join us?  

The Future of Academic Impacts conference is to mark the end of the three-year Impact […]

December 4th, 2012|Events, Impact|0 Comments|

What’s in a name? Academic identity in the metadata age

Professional identity is everything in academia, so Melissa Terras was shocked to discover the Internet had suddenly made her a specialist in Tarot Symbolism. Google Scholar and other online resources are easy to use to illustrate your online portfolio but what effects can it have when the Internet gets things wrong? At the end of last week I was pulling […]

More papers, better papers? The curious correlation of quality and quantity in academic publishing

Paul J. Silvia is creeped out by the correlation between quality and quantity in academic publishing, but why do the people who publish the most also publish the work that has greatest influence? Gregory Feist—a distinguished creativity researcher at San Jose State University—is not a haunting man, but his research on scientific eminence creeps me out. One of his early […]

Use your author’s rights to make articles freely available

Debates on open access publishing may rumble on for some time to come. Until a perfect solution is found, Jørgen Carling writes that self-archiving, while not perfect, allows researchers to bring their work out from behind paywalls without jeopardizing academic integrity, and, at no cost. Most academic journals allow authors to post their articles online after a while, for instance 12 […]

The Future of Academic Impact: Breakout Sessions

The Future of Academic Impacts, a free, all day conference hosted by the LSE’s Impact of Social Sciences project team, will be held on Tuesday, 4th December at Beveridge Hall, Senate House, London. Alongside our main conference programme, we will be running a series of breakout sessions throughout the day. These will be small group sessions that will draw on the experience of […]

November 19th, 2012|Impact|0 Comments|

LSE Review of Books podcast series nominated for European Podcast Award

The LSE Review of Books podcast series has been nominated for a European Podcast Award, organised by the European Initiative Podcast Awards with the support of OLYMPUS. Cheryl Brumley, Managing Digital Editor for LSE PPG Blogs, discusses the origins of the Review’s podcast project and its potential for making impact. In April 2012, armed with little more than a pocket-sized microphone, a digital recorder, and the desire […]

Reflections on purpose

New media ‘big up’ academics, create noise around them and make research seem to matter; all beneficial when counting the days to the REF. However, Conor Gearty writes that the old fashioned work that created the ‘expert’ in the first place is at risk from the dangerous attitude of the Twitter world where the moment counts for so much. Twenty years ago […]

8 steps to making your research punch above its weight

How can researchers ensure their work has a lasting impact? Thinking about knowledge exchange early in your project can help you target and tick the right boxes. Mark Reed lists his eight steps to targeting, designing and sustaining the external impact of your work. At its most simple, research is about generating new knowledge. It has an impact when it is used […]

The scientist as political tourist: the perils of pairing

Pairing MPs with scientists could be a great start to a working relationship but Alex Smith doubts the scheme’s credibility. He argues that more grounded and sustained engagement with politics is needed for academic to gain a real insight into the policymaking process. BBC Radio Four’s ‘Today’ programme recently featured a scheme run by the Royal Society to promote interaction and […]

Five Minutes with Chris Loxley at Unilever R&D: Social science still has to compete and prove itself

Part of PPG’s Impact of Social Sciences project focuses on how academic research in the social sciences influences decision-makers in business, government and civil society. Rebecca Mann talked to Dr Chris Loxley, a social scientist at Unilever, about how research can promote innovation in the private sector. How does a social scientist end up at Unilever? In the late 1990s […]

November 9th, 2012|Impact|1 Comment|

I disagree that I disagree! There is room for more than one method of evidence in policymaking

Academics should not get ‘bogged down’ in their perceptions of what methods of research government values. Kirsty Newman explains that when it comes to decision making in government, there is no universal preference for one form of research evidence over another. I have been meaning for some time to write a response to Andries de Toit’s paper Making Sense of […]

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