Latest Australian public library statistics

(15 February 2017) The annual Australian public libraries statistical report for 2014-15 is now available. Compiled by the State Library of Queensland’s Regional Access and Public Libraries division on behalf of NSLA, the report is an overview of the services, infrastructure, income and expenditure of each state and territory’s public libraries. In 2014-15: Australia had […]

February 16, 2017 - 7:18 am

KoreaMed provides ORCID Search & Link Wizard

(18 January 2017)  KoreaMed, a service of the Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (KAMJE), now allows researchers to search, select, and link KoreaMed articles directly from the ORCID interface to their ORCID record. Since its launch in 1999, KoreaMed has focused on providing global access to Korean medical journals by preparing all the metadata in […]

February 8, 2017 - 3:33 pm

New UK-wide service will transform library collaboration

(3 February 2017) As part of delivering on the vision of a UK national digital library, Jisc and OCLC announce a partnership to build a new shared service that will aggregate academic bibliographic data at scale, improving library collection management and resource discovery for students and researchers. Today Jisc announced that OCLC, the global library […]

February 6, 2017 - 9:48 am

Cambridge University Press embarks on project to improve discoverability of library resources

(16 January 2017, Cambridge, UK)  It’s no secret that library budgets have been slashed in recent years, and the burdens of trying to do more with less are growing for librarians and information professionals. But what is it that adds most stress to the lives of cataloguers and librarians? Quite possibly it is unhappy users; […]

January 17, 2017 - 4:15 pm

Does your place in global university rankings matter?

(9 January 2017) Does your position in global university rankings matter? The Higher Education Policy Institute’s latest report on ranking has further stoked debate about how accurate and how useful international university rankings are. University World News asked its author and ranking experts to share their views. Read what they have to say here.

January 9, 2017 - 3:17 pm

Ruth’s Rankings 22: Indian University Rankings – The Good the Bad and the Inconsistent

By Ruth A. Pagell* (3 January 2017) The Good:  More Indian universities are appearing in international rankings, as more institutions are ranked. The Bad:  Most ranked Indian universities are in the bottom half of global rankings The Inconsistent: There is a disconnect between India’s internal initiatives and rankings and the global rankings Two current headlines […]

January 3, 2017 - 3:18 pm

‘Global university rankings data are flawed’ – HEPI

(15 December 2016) Governments and institutions should ignore leading international university rankings because they are “unreliable” and “methodologically flawed”, according to a new analysis by the United Kingdom higher education think tank, the Higher Education Policy Institute or HEPI. But ranking organisations say that while they accept their processes can be improved, and they are […]

December 19, 2016 - 11:15 am

Slides and recording of COAR webinar on Publishing Controlled Vocabularies for Access and Reuse

(16 December 2016) Slides and the recording of the COAR webinar Publishing Controlled Vocabularies for Access and Reuse is now available at For more about the webinar, please check the webinar website. The announcement is here.

December 17, 2016 - 4:31 pm

Altmetric user conference in Sydney

(7 December 2016) It takes place 10 February 2017, is free and hosted at UTS in Sydney. It will  and will include discussions of the latest developments in research metrics and evaluation.   More here.

December 13, 2016 - 2:47 pm

Controversial impact factor gets a heavyweight rival

(8 December 2016) Elsevier’s CiteScore uses a larger database — and provides different results for the quality of journals. Richard Van Noorden writes in Nature that one of science’s most contentious metrics has a flashy new rival. On 8 December, publishing giant Elsevier launched the CiteScore index to assess the quality of academic journals. Although […]

December 9, 2016 - 4:10 pm

New metrics from Elsevier will make journal assessment more complete and transparent

CiteScore metrics are calculated using Scopus data for over 22,200 journal titles in 330 disciplines. The largest discipline is General Medicine, with 1,549 titles. (8 December 2016)  In response to academia’s call for metrics that provide a broader, more transparent view of an academic journal’s citation impact, Scopus has developed a set of metrics that […]

December 9, 2016 - 3:52 pm

The push for Asian HE internationalisation indicators

(25 November 2016) UNESCO has begun work on drawing up a series of indicators on higher education internationalisation in Asia to help universities and education policy-makers in the region to develop an international outlook and promote international higher education links against a set of solid, accepted, quality benchmarks. In early November UNESCO’s Asia and Pacific […]

November 29, 2016 - 11:58 am

Wiley becomes first major publisher to require ORCID IDs for submitting authors

(28 November 2016, Hoboken, NJ) John Wiley & Sons Inc. announced today plans to require ORCID iDs as part of the manuscript submission process for a large number of journals. Beginning in winter 2016, more than 500 Wiley journals using ScholarOne Manuscripts will require the submitting author (only) to provide an ORCID identifier (iD) when […]

November 29, 2016 - 8:32 am

IOP Publishing partners with Altmetric to improve author services

(21 November 2016) IOP Publishing has announced a new partnership with Altmetric and Digital Science, to provide its authors and readers with a deeper understanding of how published research is being used and discussed. Authors and readers will be able to view the online attention surrounding each publication via the Altmetric badges embedded into article […]

November 23, 2016 - 10:09 am

Clarivate Analytics names 2016 highly cited researchers

New list of researchers with world’s most highly cited papers now available (16 November 2016, Philadelphia) Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, today announced the publication of its annual Highly Cited Researchers. The list is a citation analysis identifying scientists – as determined by their fellow researchers – whose […]

November 17, 2016 - 9:53 am