How to read a computer screen: the latest tools to ease on-screen reading

Our time is increasingly being spent in front of a computer screen. Transitioning to a fully paperless setup may require some changes to efficient working ways.  Nick Blackbourn provides advice for setting up your computer for heavy duty on-screen reading. He offers tips here on how to cut out the fluff and focus on core texts, navigate PDFs, and reduce eye strain from […]

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Future of Impacts: ‘How to’ guide to social media, podcasting, blogging and writing your REF impact case study

Missed our ‘How to’ sessions at the recent Future of Impacts conference? Never fear, our ‘How to’ social media, podcasting, blogging and impact case study guides are here. Listen to the Impact of Social Sciences team podcast and peruse the presentations. ‘How to’ podcast If you missed out on any of our breakout sessions from the Future of Impacts conference, catch up […]

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How to manage a research library with Zotero

Keeping up to date with research and managing an ever-increasing number of journal articles is skill that must be well-honed by academics. Here, Alex Hope sets out how his workflow has developed using Zotero, Dropbox, Goodreader and his iPad. Article Discovery I use a variety of methods to keep on top of research in my field, and to search for articles when […]

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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.

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. . After a ‘quiet launch’ over the summer Google has opened up its Google Scholar Citations capability to […]

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Have your say: Who are your favourite academic tweeters?

Many academics have embraced social media as a tool for networking and disseminating research. Inspired by the overwhelming response we received following a call for twitter tips, we’re asking you to suggest your favourite academics on twitter.

The LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog is preparing to launch an essential, downloadable guide to tweeting for impact.

The guide is aimed at academics, researchers […]

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How to use Harzing’s ‘Publish or Perish’ software to assess citations – a step-by-step guide

In his recent blog post on the need for a digital census of  academic research, Patrick Dunleavy argued that the ‘Publish or Perish’ software, developed by Professor Anne-Wil Harzing of Melbourne University and based on Google Scholar data, could provide an exceptionally easy way for academics to record details of their publications and citation instances. An academic with a reasonably […]

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Your essential ‘how-to’ guide to choosing article titles

One of the key tasks for an article author who wants to be cited is to quickly persuade people to click on the title of their piece and learn more from the abstract or book outline, and then from there to persuade them to download the whole article. Here we present a simple ‘how-to’ guide to choosing article titles. At […]

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Your essential ‘how-to’ guide to writing good abstracts

Article abstracts typically say little about what the researcher has discovered or what the key findings are, what they are arguing as a ‘bottom line’, or what key ‘take-away points’ they want readers to remember. Here we present a simple ‘how-to’ guide to writing good abstracts. Abstracts tend to be rather casually written, perhaps at the beginning of writing when […]

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Your essential ‘how-to’ guide to choosing book titles

Academic book titles often appear to be chosen by their authors without any thought to their interpretation by internet readers scanning through long lists of potentially relevant entries. Both completely formal or vacuous titles are prevalent in STEM disciplines and the ‘hard’ social sciences. And in the ‘soft’ social sciences and humanities, authors often seem to choose deliberately obscure, idiosyncratic […]

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Your essential ‘how-to’ guide to using Google Books

Google has been the prime force in the development of article-finding, bookfinding and citations-tracking systems free over the internet, having ambitiously declared its mission to ‘to organize the world’s information.’ Less than a decade after its founding, the company’s twin academic research engines Google Scholar (for journal articles and other academic papers) and Google Books now dominate the university sector. Here […]

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Your essential ‘how-to’ guide to using ISI Web of Knowledge

In the past academics and researchers have had relatively few tools at hand for finding out which bits of their work are appreciated and used by other academics. ISI Web of Knowledge is a well known, first generation, proprietary citations tracking system, covering only or chiefly well established journals with long time-lags. Here we present a simple ‘how-to’ guide to using the software. ISI Web of Knowledge […]

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Why ‘Publish or Perish’ has the edge over Google Scholar and Scopus when it comes to finding out how your work is used by other academics

As many academics and researchers quickly come to understand, finding out how your work is being used by others can be a tricky business. Using a combination of the three easily available tools – Publish or Perish, Google, and Web of Science – may provide the best way for academics to measure various areas of impact. In the past academics and researchers […]

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