Research Support

India’s fight against predatory journals: an interview with Professor Bhushan Patwardhan

(5 Feb 2020)  Predatory journals find most of their prey in developing countries, and in particular, among emerging economies where research output is rapidly growing. Bhushan Patwardhan is a biomedical researcher and Professor of Health Sciences at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) of India, and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, […]

February 6, 2020 - 8:58 am

Journal transparency index will be ‘alternative’ to impact scores

(29 Jan 2020)  A new ranking system for academic journals measuring their commitment to research transparency will be launched next month – providing what many believe will be a useful alternative to journal impact scores. Under a new initiative from the Center for Open Science, based in Charlottesville, Virginia, more than 300 scholarly titles in psychology, […]

February 4, 2020 - 9:32 am

The full-service paper mill and its Chinese customers

(24 Jan 2020)  An investigation by Elisabeth Bik, Smut Clyde, Morty and Tiger BB8 reveals the workings of a paper mill. Its customers are Chinese doctors desperate for promotion. Apparently even journal editors are part of the scam, publishing fraudulent made-up science. Read the full story here.  

January 27, 2020 - 10:06 am

Taylor & Francis Online supports clinical trial data linking

(15 Jan 2020) Taylor & Francis Online now displays clinical trial data within the Crossmark popup, as seen above, including links to other publications that relate to those clinical trials Taylor & Francis Online ( now links clinical trial data to published articles and automatically deposits this data to Crossref and PubMed, when authors supply the […]

January 20, 2020 - 8:41 am

Kudos launches new Research Showcase to maximize non-academic impact of research projects

(9 Jan 2020)  Kudos, the award-winning service for accelerating research impact through strategic communications management, has today announced the launch of its new Research Showcase. This public website ( is the world’s first platform to drive discovery of “research in progress”, providing stakeholders – from funders, taxpayers and donors, to research participants and beneficiaries – […]

January 13, 2020 - 11:00 pm

New white paper examines changes to research data services in academic libraries in North America

(12 Dec 2019) Choice today announced the publication of the fifth in a series of white papers designed to provide actionable intelligence around topics of importance to the academic library community. This paper, “Research Data Services in Academic Libraries: Where are We Today?”, offers a unique opportunity to revisit and re-examine findings from a 2012 ACRL […]

December 30, 2019 - 4:41 pm

Ruth’s Rankings 43: predatory practices revisited – misunderstandings and positive actions

 “Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices.” (Nature, 2019)   By Ruth A. Pagell* (22 Dec 2019) This article looks […]

December 24, 2019 - 2:56 pm

Which papers got the most attention online this year? #AltmetricTop100

Climate crisis, artificial intelligence, and vaccines top the list of 2019’s most discussed research (17 Dec 2019)  From the increasing use of artificial intelligence to the climate emergency facing us all, many of this year’s most polarizing issues feature in the Altmetric Top 100, released today. The annual Altmetric Top 100 highlights research published in 2019 that has […]

December 18, 2019 - 4:59 pm

Kudos Pro to support early career researchers at NTU Singapore

(19 Nov 2019) Kudos Pro, the award-winning service for accelerating research impact through strategic communications management, will be trialled for a year at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) to support early career researchers. The newly launched targeted communications platform will support research grant holders, project teams, departments and other groups seeking to increase engagement with […]

November 22, 2019 - 12:49 pm

Image recycling leads to 5-year funding ban for cancer researcher

(7 Nov 2019)  A former researcher at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Nebraska has agreed to a five-year ban from the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) on receiving federal science funding after being found guilty of having fabricated data in numerous grant applications and articles. The researcher has been reported using the same […]

November 12, 2019 - 2:50 pm

White paper “Managing the publication explosion – methods & tools for librarians” is free to download

(12 Nov 2019)  Scholarcy, a UK-based Edtech applying machine learning to extract structured data and knowledge summaries from scholarly content recently released a white paper “Managing the publication explosion – methods & tools for librarians”. The white paper focus on: practical ways to help you and your students manage the rapid growth of published research […]

November 12, 2019 - 2:15 pm

Elsevier launches the Research Data Management Librarian Academy (RDMLA)

The RDMLA, a free online professional development program for librarians, information professionals and other professionals, is now available and will provide opportunities for individuals to develop research data management skills (24 Oct 2019)  Elsevier, a global information analytics business specializing in science and health, today announced the launch of the Research Data Management Librarian Academy (RDMLA), an online […]

October 31, 2019 - 11:46 am

Thousands of grant peer reviewers share concerns in global survey

(21 Oct 2019) The Grant Review In Focus report — based on a survey of 4,700 researchers worldwide — also found that recognition is an important incentive for reviewers. More than half said that they are more likely to agree to review grant applications if funders acknowledge their efforts. The report was produced by Publons, a website that […]

October 31, 2019 - 11:35 am

Think. Check. Submit. looks forward to collaboration on new research programme

(17 Oct 2019) A new research programme at Texas Tech University in the US, funded by the US National Science Foundation, aims to “[prepare] STEM scholars and other key stakeholders to navigate a scholarly publishing terrain that presents more options than ever before, but also greater ethical pitfalls”. The STEM Training in Ethics of Publication […]

October 22, 2019 - 2:11 pm

Web of Science Group relaunches Master Journal List of 21k journals

‎A new way to browse, search, and explore the only complete authorized list of journals in the Web of Science index (16 Oct 2019) Today the Web of Science Group launched the enhanced Master Journal List, with new, improved functionality and a better user experience for the 320,000+ researchers, librarians and editors who visit the […]

October 17, 2019 - 8:53 am