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Citations are more than merely assigning credit – their inclusion (or not) conditions how colleagues regard and evaluate your work

(6 April 2017) The significance of citations goes far beyond energising and rewarding academic competition. Patrick Dunleavy in the LSE Impact Blog outlines why citations are so important; from setting up a specialist discourse in an economical and highly-focused manner, guiding readers seeking to follow your extended chain of reasoning, right through to showing you […]

April 8, 2017 - 8:50 pm
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Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) launches with early success

(6 April 2017) There is fresh momentum in the scholarly publishing world to open up data on the citations that link research publications. Six organizations today announced the establishment of the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC): OpenCitations, the Wikimedia Foundation, PLOS, eLife, DataCite, and the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University. Until recently, […]

April 8, 2017 - 10:16 am
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Nominations sought for ORCID Elections 2018

(5 April 2017) The ORCID Nominations Committee is now accepting recommendations for candidates to serve as Board members from 2018 – 2020. All ORCID members are eligible to have representatives serve as ORCID Directors. In addition, the Board is  also seeking nominations for researchers, who need not be affiliated with an ORCID member to serve. Board […]

April 6, 2017 - 1:20 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! Fourth edition of U-Multirank: Still not for me

(5 April 2017) The latest edition of U-Multirank includes 1,500 universities.  Bibliometric data come from CWTS (Centre for Science and Technology Studies), which provides the data for Leiden rankings.  Of the over 1,200 universities that have bibliometric data, only 400 have complete data on the other indicators. A handful of North American schools share data […]

April 5, 2017 - 11:16 am
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Research evaluation and data science for libraries

(4 April 2017) EIFL, EIFL’s partner library consortium, Electronic Information for Libraries in Thailand, and Mahidol University, will host a two-day workshop on research evaluation and data science for libraries, 16-17 May 2017. The topics will be addressed in two sessions, over the two days: Research evaluation for research administrators/managers and librarians, covering research evaluation […]

April 4, 2017 - 3:23 pm
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Altmetric Badges for Books adopted by The MIT Press providing new attention insights for authors, editors and readers

(29 March 2017,  London, UK and Cambridge, MA)  Data science company Altmetric today announced that The MIT Press has integrated Altmetric Badges for Books into its book pages. Visitors will be provided with an at-a-glance summary of the online attention relating to all of their monograph titles, discovering for the first time the broader engagement from key […]

April 4, 2017 - 2:20 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! Times Higher Education Japan: New ranking – Same universities at the top

(4 April 2017) Times Higher Education released its first Japan University Rankings, using a new methodology which focuses on student success.  This methodology will be used in other individual country rankings. Data for the rankings come from a variety of sources. These include Elsevier, Benesse Corporation, Nikkei Human Resources, the Japanese government and the Times Higher […]

April 4, 2017 - 12:27 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings 24: Malaysia Higher Education – “Soaring Upward” or Not?

By Ruth A. Pagell* (28 March 2017) Ruth’s Rankings 24 is based on Malaysian news articles that chronicle the changes in funding to Malaysia’s premier research universities following the release of the Ministry of Education’s Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) – MEB – in 2015. In preparing the article, I read many news articles […]

March 28, 2017 - 1:59 pm
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Submissions invited for proposals to receive funding for projects to advance understanding of alternative research metrics

(22 March 2017, London, UK and Boston, USA) Data Science company Altmetric today announced that applications for its annual research grant are now open. First launched in 2016, the grant provides up to £1,500 ($1,900 USD) to fund research that facilitates the development and understanding of alternative research metrics (altmetrics) as part of the wider […]

March 24, 2017 - 8:45 am
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Japanese science stalls over past decade, threatening position among world’s elite

(22 March 2017, London) According to the Nature Index, Japan’s scientific output has failed to keep pace with other leading nations over the past decade, risking its position among the world’s elite if renewed government efforts fail to reverse a downward trend in its performance. Japan’s share of high-quality papers included in the Nature Index […]

March 23, 2017 - 6:59 pm
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Clarivate Analytics honors Dr. Eugene Garfield’s legacy to Information Sciences with a Memorial Scholarship

(16 March 2017, Philadelphia)  To honor the legacy of Dr. Eugene Garfield, the visionary founder of the Web of Science and a pioneer of Information Science, Clarivate Analytics today announced the creation of the “Eugene Garfield Information Sciences Pioneer Award.” This award will be given annually to at least one promising information scientist, selected by […]

March 21, 2017 - 8:30 am
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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings 2017

The number of Indian and Malaysian universities in the new rankings has more than doubled The biggest gainer in terms of number of universities is Japan at  69.  Almost 50% of Japanese universities are in the bottom third with less than 20% in the top 100.   In 2009, 33 Japanese universities were in the top […]

March 20, 2017 - 9:22 am
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Google Scholar is a serious alternative to Web of Science

(16 March 2016) Many bibliometricians and university administrators remain wary of Google Scholar citation data, preferring “the gold standard” of Web of Science instead. Anne-Wil Harzing, who developed the Publish or Perish software that uses Google Scholar data, sets out to challenge some of the misconceptions about this data source and explain why it offers […]

March 20, 2017 - 8:58 am
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ARL Statistics 2014–2015 and Updated Trends Graphs Published

(17 March 2017) The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released the ARL Statistics 2014–2015 and updated its free series of graphs showing trends in the ARL Statistics data over time. These two publications present information describing the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of the Association’s 124 member libraries in fiscal year 2014–2015. Of […]

March 20, 2017 - 8:48 am
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New report on digital transformation in publishing reveals sluggish progress: only 25 percent of publishers see themselves as ahead of industry peers

(14 March 2017,  London, UK) An in-depth study analyzing digital transformation in the publishing industry and released today found that 25 percent of publishers see themselves as “lagging” versus the rest of the industry in their current transformation efforts, while only 25 percent feel they are “leading.” The study, which included 25 leading U.S. and […]

March 16, 2017 - 10:48 am
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