World Social Science Forum: Building a global platform for social sciences in the digital age.

Next week, social scientists from around the world will gather to discuss how digital landscapes are shaping social experiences, inside and outside academia. The International Social Science Council looks forward to hosting a range of interdisciplinary panels on social transformation, the digital human, and knowledge translation. On the 13th October in Montréal, the International Social Science Council will convene the World […]

Numerical indigestion: how much data is really good for us?

We are swimming in ‘big data’ and despite their performances as advocates of data freedom, policymakers don’t seem to bear any responsibility for educating the public on how to read it. Harvey Goldstein believes that academics must make it their mission to explain that evaluating statistical information is far from trivial. Modern cultures are deeply imbued with notions of measurement, […]

November 27th, 2012|Government, Impact|4 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 […]

Knowledge mobilisation is a social process: Social media can support individuals and organisations in research dissemination

Already an active user of social media, David Phipps has recently been thinking about its potential as an academic tool. He concludes that knowledge mobilisation is continuing to evolve and that social media could grow into a powerful tool for dissemination, connect researchers with a common interest and support communities that share academic aims. In a recent book chapter, ‘Applying […]

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

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 Conversation web site entitled Academics behaving badly? Universities and […]

The launch of ImpactStory: using altmetrics to tell data-driven stories

By providing real-time information, altmetrics are shifting how research impact is understood. Jason Priem and Heather Piwowar outline the launch of ImpactStory, a new webapp aiming to provide a broader picture of impact to help scholars understand more about the audience and reach of their research. The Web is awesome for lots of reasons, but for scholars it comes down to […]

Procrastinate until your heart’s content: we make better decisions when we take our time

In Wait: The Art of Procrastination, Frank Partnoy argues that decisions of all kinds, whether ‘snap’ or long-term, benefit from being made at the last possible moment. The art of knowing how long you can afford to delay before committing is at the heart of many a great decision, whether in a corporate takeover or a marriage proposal. Apologies are better received if they […]

September 23rd, 2012|Book Reviews, Social Media|1 Comment|

Digital scholarship, tenure & barometers

Martin Weller highlights the essential responsibility on the side of the university in institutionalising recognition and reward for academics’ digital activities. Furthermore, he argues a university’s response on digital practice can serve as a barometer for their own overall innovation and success. This article originally appeared on Martin Weller’s personal blog, The Ed Techie and is reposted under . I use this blog as well […]

Five minutes with: Victor Henning, co-founder of Mendeley – Connecting academic research to the outside world

Last week Patrick Dunleavy discussed his experience of transferring his personal research library onto the Mendeley software package. Today Sierra Williams talks to Mendeley co-founder Victor Henning about the company’s  new approach to enhancing the impacts and visibility of academic work. Some estimates suggest that there are around 150 million ‘knowledge workers’ in the world today – that is, people who […]

August 30th, 2012|Impact|4 Comments|

Can LinkedIn and Academia.edu enhance access to open repositories?

Now that research is developing an online presence, thoughts are turning to how to maximise this. Brian Kelly investigates linking strategies; from Google Scholar Citations, Academia.edu and Mendeley to a researcher’s online publications, as a way of increasing researcher visibility among their digitally-literate peers. I’m pleased to say that a paper by myself and Jenny Delasalle, Academic Services Manager (Research) […]

Deep impact: Our manuscript on the consequences of journal rank

Bjoern Brembs has argued that journal rank has no persuasive predictive property for any measure of scientific quality. In an attempt to set a standard for the evidence used in debates on journal rank, Brembs and Marcus Munafo release their latest manuscript assessing one of the most important infrastructures in academia. For the better part of this year, Marcus Munafò […]

Organizing your personal research library and compiling bibliographies: I was an EndNote refusenik, but now I’m a Mendeley convert

A key aspect of scholarship is how you create a personal research library, find and access your sources when needed, and cite them accurately and comprehensively. Patrick Dunleavy explains how the (relatively new) software Mendeley has transformed his previous time-consuming practice in just a few days, and solved numerous other problems of accessing literature and sources wherever he is. Mendeley […]

August 20th, 2012|Impact|30 Comments|

We need to say yes to academic self-publishing but senior academics must lead the way

Getting to grips with self-publishing might be time consuming at first but Elizabeth Eva Leach shows that welcome engagement and expert editorial input can be gained from going it alone without publishers. A tweet back in July from the @LSEimpactblog with a link to Aimee Morrison’s blog on guerrilla self-publishing asked if it was time for more academics to consider […]

Wow – Google Scholar ‘Updates’ a big step forward in sifting through the scientific literature

Google Scholar had shown great promise as a digital tool for academics. Jonathan Eisen discovers its new ‘updates’ service has potential to open the door to a lot of new, valuable and open access research.   I logged on to Google Scholar last week and discovered something very new. This “updates” thing was not there earlier in the day.  So […]

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