Using Google Hangouts for Higher Education blogs and workshops

Much has been written about the ways that Twitter and Facebook can be used by academics and research groups as part of strategies to disseminate their work and increase their online visibility, but what else is out there? Google+ and its video chat service Google Hangouts offer enormous potential for academics and researchers to connect and collaborate, writes Amy Mollett as […]

Why every researcher should sign up for their ORCID ID

The Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier, or ORCID, is a non-profit effort providing digital identifiers to the research community to ensure correct authorship data is available and more transparent. Brian Kelly welcomes the widespread adoption of the unique ORCID ID arguing that it should be a particular priority for researchers whose position in their host institution is uncertain: which is to […]

Open Library of Humanities: a community-grounded approach to academic publishing

The Open Library of Humanities is a newly-launched project aiming to provide an ethically sound and sustainable open access model for humanities research. By coordinating the discussion and implementation of a community-grounded approach to academic publishing, OLH aims to create an outlet better able to serve academics, libraries, and the wider research community. Co-founder Martin Eve describes the current “ideas […]

The boundaries of academic blogging

Alex Marsh thinks of himself as a blogger who is an academic, rather than an “academic blogger”. He finds that though there is significant overlap, these two identities are not entirely congruent. An academic blogger may feel constrained to topics only related to his or her academic research, whereas a blogger who is also an academic is free to explore wider fields […]

Life in the ‘Alpha Territory’: investigating London’s ‘Super-Rich’ Neighbourhoods

The lives of the ‘super-rich’ are often subject to media scrutiny but have rarely been examined by social scientists in any detail. Roger Burrows explains how a new project intends to rectify this, through an interdisciplinary study of elite enclaves within London.  This was originally published on the British Politics and Policy (BPP) blog With few exceptions, the very wealthy have not been […]

Thoughts on Mendeley and Elsevier

Last week, TechCrunch reported that Elsevier, the multi-billion dollar publishing company, is in advanced talks to buy Mendeley, the free reference manager and academic social network site. Given Elsevier’s less-than-trusted standing in the research community, questions are being asked of what this might mean for research communication, measurement, and commodification. Roderic Page weighs in on his thoughts of what the future may hold. […]

Research uptake and impact: are we in danger of overstating ourselves?

Wary of the pressure that researchers are under to demonstrate impact, Louise Shaxson injects a dose of realism into the debate around what that impact ought to look like. Researchers must provide clear policy messages, carefully define the relevance of their research, be realistic about what can be achieved, and be clear about whether they’re practising research communication or advocacy. Ensuring that development […]

January 24th, 2013|Uncategorized|13 Comments|

Achieving a gender balance in contributors is not so hard: tips for editors and journalists

In some areas of online academic discussion and public debate, the under-representation of female voices continues to cause concern. As we enter 2013 and mark fifty years since second wave feminism, shouldn’t we have achieved a more healthy representation of women’s views and voices? Amy Mollett, Managing Editor of LSE Review of Books, discusses the steps that the team have […]

Faculty appointments and the record of scholarship

Amy Brand, Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments and Information at Harvard University, discusses the opaque academic hire environment and concludes that review committees making important decisions on academic careers would benefit from greater detail on contributions of individual researchers as well as the development of standards for the identification and citation of non-traditional scholarly works. Have you noticed that conversations […]

Dr Jekyll writes – binge writing as a pathological academic condition

The practice of academic writing has a tendency to be viewed as a pathological condition – with certain behaviour, like writing for extended periods of time, listed as particularly harmful. But Pat Thomson doesn’t think this prescriptive approach gives enough credit to academic writers who are more competent at finding a writing framework that suits them than this limiting diagnostic approach implies. […]

Book Review: Community Research for Participation: From Theory to Method

This book aims to bridge a major gap in knowledge by considering theoretical and practical issues relating to community research methodologies. The authors have collated a comprehensive and timely volume into the nature of community research that highlights the benefits of working with and in communities, finds Matthew Wargent. Community Research for Participation: From Theory to Method. Lisa Goodson and Jenny Phillimore […]

January 20th, 2013|Book Reviews|0 Comments|

Using Twitter for Curated Academic Content

With all the demands of academia, becoming an active curator on Twitter may sound appealing but just too onerous a task. To help ease such anxiety, Allan Johnson shares his own Twitter workflow and suggests several tools and apps, such as Pocket and Buffer, to help academics make the most of their valuable time in contributing and curating content. The job of the humanities academic has always been […]

From Monograph to Multigraph: the Distributed Book

Humanities and Social Science disciplines have traditionally relied heavily on the monograph as the prized scholarly output. But given the rapid changes in communication, as well as the mounting criticisms of its limited access and crippling expense, Tim McCormick asks whether the monograph might be reassembled.   I’ve been thinking a lot about nanopublications recently. This is a concept primarily discussed in scientific scholarly communication. explains: A nanopublication is […]

After the gold rush: MOOCs are augmenting rather than replacing formal educational models

Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) is the most hyped educational buzzword of the last year. Alan Cann reflects on what still needs to be done after the hysteria dies down. You can read more about his adventures in the land of MOOC at: I was hoping for replacement When the sun burst through the sky. – Neil Young. Who put […]

Openness has won – now what?

Martin Weller declares the openness battle to have been won. However, this means that new and murkier battle-lines are being drawn. Open vs closed has been replaced with a set of more complex, nuanced debates. As we start the new year and survey the open education landscape, it’s hard not to conclude that openness has prevailed. The victory may not be […]

January 15th, 2013|Open Access|0 Comments|

Advice for potential academic bloggers

One year after starting his Mainly Macro blog, Simon Wren-Lewis discusses the value of academic blogging. He finds that blogging has improved his teaching and helped him clarify his ideas.  I wanted to mark a year of blogging by encouraging other academics (particularly outside the US) to do the same. So lets use my experience to tackle some of the worries that may […]

Visualizing Social Science Research: Maps, Methods and Meaning

Presenting basic principles of social science research through maps, graphs, and diagrams, this book shows how concept maps and mind maps can be used in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research, using student-focused examples and classroom based activities. Stavroula Tsirogianni would like to have seen more discussion on audiences and design, but feels the book will certainly appeal to educators and researchers. […]

January 13th, 2013|Book Reviews|0 Comments|

Podcasts and presentations now available from The Future of Academic Impacts conference

A conference by the London School of Economics Public Policy Group on Tuesday 4 December 2012 We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the attendees, speakers, and organisational staff who helped make the Future of Academic Impacts conference on 4th December 2012 a success. This one day conference marked the end of the three-year ‘Impact of Social Sciences’ project – but not, […]

January 11th, 2013|Impact conference|3 Comments|

Can journalism count as an academic research output?

Charlie Beckett argues that if we are to understand the potential value of any piece of research we should not circumscribe its audience by academic gate keeping. Ideally the academic will be the journalist, though it might be that there is a ‘translator’ or a special structure – such as a think-tank – that can act as the journalist for the research. Journalism […]

Researching research: New skills of targeting audiences and networking are now necessary to create impact

Correctly targeting your audience and specifically tailoring outputs to policymakers is key to improving the impact of your research. Sarah Lester explains how building contacts and targeted dissemination of research requires skills outside those traditionally used in academia. Since 2009 the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London has been conducting a case study to provide knowledge about […]

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