Research collaboration now involves significant online communication. But sending files back and forth between collaborators creates redundancy of effort, causes unnecessary delays and, many times, leaves people frustrated with the whole idea of collaboration. Luckily, there are many web-based collaborative writing tools aimed at the general public or specifically at academic writers to help. Christof Schöch looks at the different tools […]
How a little bit of technology can fix the editing and production processes for the social sciences.
Academic text production faces many challenges. Some of them are of a technical nature. Johannes Wilm, initiator behind Fidus Writer, argues that by adapting the text editing environment for scientific articles in the social sciences, the amount of manual labour going into journal and book production can be cut dramatically while making the product accessible to a wider audience, and […]
The enterprise university is constructed in opposition to kindness and conducting research is increasingly pressurised and solitary
The stark contrast between the kindness experienced in Bali and the manic, hurried pace of the her own academic workplace environment prompted Claire Aitchison to examine the contemporary ‘enterprise university’. The pressure to publish and burdens to achieve competitive advantage crowd out a collective culture that values kindness and collaboration. If left unchecked this will have adverse consequences for the continuing production of […]
Knowledge Transfer professionals lead on realising the social and economic benefits of UK research, but their roles are suffering under the creaking economy.
As the economy struggles to recover, many institutions in the UK have faced reductions in funding and a loss of some Knowledge Transfer jobs. Linda Baines, Secretary and Treasurer at AURIL, rounds up last week’s AURIL conference on delivering knowledge transfer for growth in a difficult economic climate, noting that those in the sector are rising to the challenge of […]