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Week 11: Academic Search / Social Scholarship (*=Key reading)

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The next generation discovery citation indexes: a review of the landscape in 2020 (Aaron Tay) Think. Check. Submit. (Choose a trustworthy journal for your research.) *Microsoft Academic. *Semantic Scholar - An academic search engine for scientific articles. *BASE - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine.

BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic web resources.

*BASE - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine

BASE provides more than 200 million documents from more than 8,000 content providers. You can access the full texts of about 60% of the indexed documents for free (Open Access). BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library. NIH Office of Portfolio Analysis. Cited-by. Researchers cite other people’s work to acknowledge the material they used when writing their own paper.


It’s useful to see which articles go on to cite the paper you’re reading, and how it may have built on or challenged it’s ideas. CiteSeerX. *PLOS One: accelerating the publication of peer-reviewed science. Get The Research. *Citation Performance Indicators - A Very Short Introduction. In June, Clarivate (formerly Thomson Reuters) will release the Journal Citation Report (JCR), an annual summary of the citation performances of more than ten thousand academic journals.

*Citation Performance Indicators - A Very Short Introduction

While the JCR includes a variety of benchmark performance indicators, most users are focused on just one metric — the Journal Impact Factor. Designed as a tool for measuring and ranking the performance of journals within a field, the Impact Factor is now over 40 years old. In recent years, other citation-based metrics have been developed to complement, or compete with, the Impact Factor. Figshare - credit for all your research. Dimensions. *The Networked Academic. ResearchGate - Share and discover research. *Scholarly Communications – Library 101 Toolkit. *Google Scholar: Library Partner or Database Competitor? By Nancy K.

*Google Scholar: Library Partner or Database Competitor?

Herther Information professionals rely on vetted sources of information in order to provide the best quality service to their clients—whether they are students, researchers, or businesses. The internet has profoundly transformed our communication expectations, access to information, product evaluation, and buying behaviors. It has disrupted the business models of retail stores, the travel industry, and music. *UW iSchool Calling Bullshit 8.2: An Overview of Scholarly Publishing (*= Key reading) Science News Cycle. NEW TV SHOW!

Science News Cycle

- Check out ELINOR WONDERS WHY the new animated TV show for young kids I co-created! It's about Nature and encouraging kids to follow their curiosity. 20 YEARS! Finding the Evidence 1 - Using PICO to formulate a search question. Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications. DORA – San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) For academics, what matters more: journal prestige or readership? With more than 30,000 academic journals now in circulation, academics can have a hard time figuring out where to submit their work for publication.

For academics, what matters more: journal prestige or readership?

The decision is made all the more difficult by the sky-high pressure of today’s academic environment—including working toward tenure and trying to secure funding, which can depend on a researcher’s publication record. So, what does a researcher prioritize? According to a new study posted on the bioRxiv preprint server, faculty members say they care most about whether the journal is read by the people they most want to reach—but they think their colleagues care most about journal prestige. Perhaps unsurprisingly, prestige also held more sway for untenured faculty members than for their tenured colleagues. “I think that it is about the security that comes with being later in your career,” says study co-author Juan Pablo Alperin, an assistant professor in the publishing program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Eigenfactor® Score. Kudos – helping increase the reach and impact of research.

Toolkits for Equity – Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications. Journal Citation Reports. Academic Collections 2019 Final. Publish or Perish. Connecting Research and Researchers. Rutgers University Begins Implementation of ORCID iDs. Today, Rutgers University begins a formal universitywide implementation of Open Researcher & Contributor IDs (ORCID iDs).

Rutgers University Begins Implementation of ORCID iDs

An ORCID iD is a persistent digital numeric identifier that distinguishes a researcher from every other researcher. Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages. Predatory journals: no definition, no defence. When ‘Jane’ turned to alternative medicine, she had already exhausted radiotherapy, chemotherapy and other standard treatments for breast cancer.

Predatory journals: no definition, no defence

Her alternative-medicine practitioner shared an article about a therapy involving vitamin infusions. To her and her practitioner, it seemed to be authentic grounds for hope. But when Jane showed the article to her son-in-law (one of the authors of this Comment), he realized it came from a predatory journal — meaning its promise was doubtful and its validity unlikely to have been vetted. Predatory journals are a global threat. They accept articles for publication — along with authors’ fees — without performing promised quality checks for issues such as plagiarism or ethical approval. One barrier to combating predatory publishing is, in our view, the lack of an agreed definition. Everyone agrees that predatory publishers sow confusion, promote shoddy scholarship and waste resources. Beall's List of Predatory Journals and Publishers - Publishers. Two Competing Visions for Research Data Sharing.

In recent years, mechanisms for sharing and preserving research data have grown considerably.

Two Competing Visions for Research Data Sharing

But the landscape is crowded with a number of divergent models for data sharing. And because these divergent approaches to research data sharing are poorly distinguished in much of the discourse, it can be a confusing landscape. Some are driven by the needs of science, some by business strategy. Scholarly publishing is broken. Here’s how to fix it.

The world of scholarly communication is broken.

Scholarly publishing is broken. Here’s how to fix it

Giant, corporate publishers with racketeering business practices and profit margins that exceed Apple’s treat life-saving research as a private commodity to be sold at exorbitant profits. Only around 25 per cent of the global corpus of research knowledge is ‘open access’, or accessible to the public for free and without subscription, which is a real impediment to resolving major problems, such as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Recently, Springer Nature, one of the largest academic publishers in the world, had to withdraw its European stock market floatation due to a lack of interest. Scientific publishing needs to change. Wakefulness and Digitally Engaged Publics - Hybrid Pedagogy. Assembling the pieces of a systematic review : guide for librarians (Foster & Jewell )

Librarian co-authors correlated with higher quality reported search strategies in general internal medicine systematic reviews. Guest Post: Is the Research Article Immune to Innovation? Scientific Search Engines Are Getting More Powerful. Nature vs. Science, pt. 2. Author-level metrics in the new academic profile platforms: The online behaviour of the Bibliometrics community. How can blogging help research make an impact beyond academia? Illustrative examples from the LSE blogs. Previous posts in our series on the Impact of LSE Blogs project examined the effects of blogging on the academic sphere, looking more closely at citations to the original research outputs and also to the blog posts themselves. But what about the effects of blogging beyond academia, on the public sphere? In the final post of the series, Kieran Booluck recounts some examples of how LSE blogs have helped primary academic research to be discovered and used, and also revisits those posts that have demonstrated the blogs’ huge potential to extend the reach of research.

Mendeley - Reference Management Software & Researcher Network. The Duck Penis Paradox.