OASPA Endorses the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

(12 February 2018) OASPA is pleased to announce our formal endorsement of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). Developed in 2012 at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco, DORA is a cross-disciplinary global initiative seeking to improve the ways in which scholarly research outputs are evaluated. OASPA is […]

February 13, 2018 - 7:41 pm

Back to the Future: Institute for Scientific Information re-established within Clarivate Analytics

(7 February 2018, Philadelphia, /PRNewswire) Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation, today announced it will re-establish the prestigious Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) to its Scientific and Academic Research Group. This new incarnation of the institute will be focused on the development of existing and […]

February 8, 2018 - 7:25 am

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2018-1: THE Asia: Reshuffling the same deck

(7 February 2018) The 2018 cycle begins.  THE released its 2018 Asia rankings 7 February 2018.  Covering 359 universities from 25 countries across Asia, this is an increase of 101 universities from 2017. Table 1 shows the top 15 universities in 2018 with their 2017 rankings and 2018 world rankings. The names are the same; […]

February 7, 2018 - 12:01 pm

Announcing the winners of the first ORCID consortia awards

(31 January 2018) ORCID has announced the five consortia who have gone above and beyond in their support for ORCID. The awardees come from the UK, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and Germany, Names and full details are here.

February 1, 2018 - 1:58 pm

Quantity does matter as citation impact increases with productivity

(23 January 2018)  Many scholars are encouraged to focus on the quality not the quantity of their publications, the rationale being that becoming too focused on productivity risks reducing the quality of one’s work. But is this, in fact, the case? Peter van den Besselaar and Ulf Sandström have studied a large sample of researchers […]

January 25, 2018 - 11:38 am

New multi-year partnership sees Times Higher Education continue to draw on Elsevier’s Scopus data for its World University Rankings

(18 January 2018) Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health which is part of RELX Group, and Times Higher Education (THE), the data provider underpinning university excellence in every continent across the world, today announced their extended partnership in a multi-year agreement.   This will see THE draw on Elsevier’s Scopus data to […]

January 25, 2018 - 9:14 am

Understanding the implications of Open Citations – how far along are we?

(22 January 2018) The academic discovery space seems to be buzzing again. This space has become relatively stable after the introduction and maturity of Web Scale Discovery between 2009-2013, but things seem to be hotting up once again, writes Aaron Tay. With the recent interest in integrating discovery of open access, as well as linked […]

January 22, 2018 - 4:42 pm

Ruth’s Rankings 32: The Business of Rankings – Show me the money

By Ruth A. Pagell* How many owners has the Institute for Scientific Information had? What percent of Times Higher Education revenue comes from rankings? Which ranker solicits advertising on its home page? (22 January 2018) Faculty and administrators in Hong Kong and Singapore asked me “How do the rankers make money from rankings?”  Despite my […]

January 22, 2018 - 2:04 pm

Crossref as a new source of citation data: A comparison with Web of Science and Scopus

(17 January 2018) The Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) encourages scholarly publishers to make the references found in their journals and books openly available through Crossref. With a few exceptions (most notably the American Chemical Society, Elsevier, IEEE, and Wolters Kluwer Health), almost all large publishers support the initiative. So far, this support has resulted […]

January 20, 2018 - 3:50 pm

OUP joins I4OC

(16 January 2018) I4OC is a project which promotes the unrestricted availability of scholarly citation data by making  metadata for references within academic articles publicly available. It aims to establish a global public web of linked scholarly citation data to enhance the discoverability of published content, explore connections between knowledge fields, and follow the evolution […]

January 18, 2018 - 10:44 am

ORCID plans for 2018: Rolling out our core strategies

(7 January 2018) At the end of 2017 ORCID has been  5 years in operation, has 4 million registered researchers, 3 national laboratories collecting iDs and putting facility use information in ORCID records, 2 surveys, and 1 million affiliations associated with ORCID records. Looking into the future, ORCID has four core strategies. Visit the ORCID […]

January 11, 2018 - 3:30 pm

The concept of research impact pervades contemporary academic discourse – but what does it actually mean?

(9 January 2018) Research impact is often talked about, but how clear is it what this term really means? Kristel Alla, Wayne Hall, Harvey Whiteford, Brian Head and Carla Meurk find that academic literature discusses research impact but often without properly defining it, with academic discourses mostly drawing on bureaucratic definitions originating from the UK. The […]

January 11, 2018 - 11:20 am

Catalogue raisonne of paintings by Salvador Dali

(2 January 2018) The official Catalogue Raisonne of Paintings by Salvador Dali, fully updated after 17 years of work, is now online and public. Pictures are screen-res, in pop-ups, and there’s a small unobtrusive watermark at the bottom of each picture. Jurn has the story.

January 4, 2018 - 3:59 pm

The IFLA Metadata Newsletter December 2017 issue is now available

(2 January 2018) The IFLA Metadata Newsletter December 2017 issue contains information from all over the world. 2017 was an election year and you will also find information about new members to the Biblography, the Cataloguing and the Subject Analysis and Access Sections. More here.

January 4, 2018 - 3:55 pm

2017 in review: round-up of top posts on metrics

(24 December 2017) The LSE Impact blog touches on Mendeley, Google Scholar, altmetrics, Microsoft Academic, THE methodology, ResearchGate Score, and more, here.

December 26, 2017 - 9:23 am