Springer Nature’s Bookmetrix to launch a new metric for eBook collection performance at Frankfurt Book Fair

(5 October 2017, London)  Bookmetrix, a platform that brings together citations, downloads and altmetrics for books and chapters, is extending its scope by providing better insights into the reach and impact of Springer Nature’s various eBook collections. With these new, innovative features, Bookmetrix is adding value by offering detailed information for authors and readers as […]

October 10, 2017 - 9:13 am

Feedback requested on phase one of the OpenJPEG improvement project

(6 October 2017) The first phase of improvements to OpenJPEG, an open source JPEG 2000 codec, has drawn to a close, resulting in the latest release of OpenJPEG version 2.3.0. This new release finalizes the work made by Even Rouault and funded by several academic institutions and archival organizations to make OpenJPEG significantly faster and […]

October 10, 2017 - 9:05 am

New IFLA Standard: IFLA Library Reference Model: A Conceptual Model for Bibliographic Information

(3 October 2017) The Committee on Standards is pleased to announce the publication of the IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM): A Conceptual Model for Bibliographic Information, which was endorsed by the IFLA Professional Committee in August 2017. IFLA LRM is a high-level conceptual reference model developed within an entity-relationship modelling framework. It is the consolidation of […]

October 4, 2017 - 3:27 pm

ProQuest Dissertations now discoverable in Google Scholar

(2 October 2017, Ann Arbor, MI)  Following the indexing of millions of scholarly articles in Google Scholar in 2015, ProQuest and Google are expanding their collaboration by indexing almost half a million full text dissertations from the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global™ database (PQDT), the leading source of emerging research from the world’s great universities. Google […]

October 3, 2017 - 4:42 pm

Have parts of DOAJ metadata in your catalogue/discovery service/A-Z List changed, are out-of-date or are missing completely?

(25 September 2017) DOAJ has received  several messages from library catalogue administrators, their readers, and researchers asking why all of a sudden so many of the articles indexed from DOAJ are now missing? Within library catalogues, users are perhaps seeing a 404 message. On DOAJ itself, users are noticing that the article content included in […]

September 26, 2017 - 2:49 pm

注册并使用ORCID iD号的10条理由

(21 September 2017) This post is a Chinese translation of a recent article, “Ten reasons to get – and use – an ORCID iD! ” written by ORCID Director of Community and Engagement Alice Meadows. 要确保研究成果总能准确地被归属到相应的作者身上有时会比较困难,尤其是当该研究人员的姓名容易与别的研究人员混淆的时候。Dave Dustin‏在其Twitter账户@venzann中提到的这篇拥有2000多位作者的论文就是一个很好的例子。幸运地是,有一种很棒的机制可以有效地解决歧名问题,并确保研究成果能被准确地与它的作者关联起来,那就是:ORCID。在本期博客中,我们邀请ORCID社区互动与支持总监Alice Meadows来介绍一下ORCID具体能如何帮助您。 Read the rest of this post at

September 21, 2017 - 11:42 am

1science becomes a strategic partner to the Max Planck Digital Library

(12 September 2017, Montreal, Canada) Eric Archambault, CEO of 1science, is pleased to announce that 1science is now a key supplier to the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL), based in Munich, Germany. The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG) joins other leading research institutions, including Caltech, ETH Zurich and Stanford, which use 1science products, a growing force in the […]

September 12, 2017 - 8:00 pm

A new metadata collaboration is launched

(6 September 2017) A group of people from all over the world have joined forces to form Metadata 2020, with the goal of rallying and supporting the community around the critical issue of sharing richer metadata for research communications. Metadata 2020 is a collaboration that advocates for richer, connected, and reusable metadata for all research […]

September 7, 2017 - 8:33 pm

Rankings highlight risk of uni funding cuts

(6 September 2017) Australia’s strong global university rankings face growing competition from a rising Chinese university system powered by Government investment, highlighting the dangers of a proposed $2.8 billion cut to university funding. The rankings influence where international students choose to study – and our strong rankings in recent years have helped to generate a […]

September 7, 2017 - 8:29 pm

The Open Access Interviews: Justin Flatt on the Self-Citation Index

(6 September 2017) In a recently published paper, Justin Flatt and his two co-authors proposed the creation of the Self-Citation Index, or s-index writes Richard Poynder in his Open and Shut blog. The purpose of the s-index would be to measure how often a scientist cites their own work. This is desirable the authors believe […]

September 7, 2017 - 1:56 pm

Ruth’s Ranking News Flash! THE 2018 World University Rankings

Oxford and Cambridge are ranked 1 and 2 in the world Ten East Asian universities are in the top 100, led by National University of Singapore and Peking University (7 September 2017) Since the release of the 2016-2017 rankings in September 2016, THE has been busy rolling out various adaptations, using the same metrics but […]

September 7, 2017 - 11:53 am

To distinguish between an elephant and a rabbit: Citizen bibliometrics in biomedicine and economics

(5 September 2017) In recent years there has been an increasing interest in how evaluation systems and resource allocation models affect research. A central question is how an increased focus on performance that is quantifiable affects researchers’ practices and priorities. A number of documented and possible effects have been identified on a more general level […]

September 6, 2017 - 11:40 am

COAR Controlled Vocabularies infographic

(4 September 2017) An infographic is prepared for COAR Controlled Vocabularies which provides an overview about the group and helps to understand the basics about the COAR Controlled Vocabularies. It is placed on FAQs for Controlled Vocabularies web page and is free to use and distribute. The announcement is here.

September 6, 2017 - 11:06 am

Ruth’s Rankings 29: From Bibliometrics to Geopolitics: An Overview of Global Rankings and the Geopolitics of Higher Education edited by Ellen Hazelkorn

“…regardless of our views about their merit or otherwise, rankings matter” (Hazelkorn 2017, pg. 1) “Universities…are obsessed with gaining status in one or more national or global rankings…They should quit now”. (Altbach &Hazelkorn, 2017) By Ruth A. Pagell* (1 September 2017) Our first columns in 2014 introduced bibliometrics. We then presented the various rankings, their […]

September 1, 2017 - 11:14 am

Taylor & Francis Group partners with the Center for Science Communication, National Natural Science Foundation of China to share open access research in China

(23 August 2017) A new Memorandum of Understanding between Taylor & Francis Group and the Center for Science Communication, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) will see content and metadata from Taylor & Francis’ fully Open Access journals deposited in the NSFC repository. The partnership will enable wider discovery of Open Access journal content […]

August 29, 2017 - 9:10 am