Research Support

New SAGE Publishing report lays groundwork for improving social and behavioral science impact metrics

(23 May 2019)  While measurement of science impact has traditionally been synonymous with citation counts in academic journals, such counts fail to capture the influence that research can have on policy, practice, and the public. While the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) are uniquely positioned to make this impact and thus benefit society, their true […]

May 27, 2019 - 9:02 am

First international blockchain for science: bloxberg

(9 May 2019) Securing scientific information online and worldwide with no risk of manipulation: what almost sounds like magic is now possible – thanks to the latest technologies and logical organization with the help of the decentralized blockchain infrastructure “bloxberg”. The bloxberg consortium was initiated at the beginning of 2019 under the leadership of the […]

May 21, 2019 - 9:58 am

Building a globalised research system – the case of Bangladesh

(1 May 2019) The internet has had a double impact on scholarly communication in the global south, making it easier for these countries to access research and also making research published in these countries more accessible. In this post Dr Haseeb Irfanullah discusses how Bangladesh has adapted to this new scholarly communication system and highlights […]

May 3, 2019 - 8:42 am

COAR Repository Toolkit

(26 Apr 2019) The COAR Repository Toolkit is now updated with new resources. Visit the Toolkit to access the best practices and educational resources including websites, guides, videos, infographics and others. The Repository Toolkit was launched in the fall of 2018. The aim is to provide repository managers with best practices and educational resources to support […]

April 29, 2019 - 8:49 am

The “impact” of the Journal Impact Factor in the review, tenure, and promotion process

(26 Apr 2019) The Journal Impact Factor (JIF) – a measure reflecting the average number of citations to recent articles published in a journal – has been widely critiqued as a measure of individual academic performance. However, it is unclear whether these criticisms and high profile declarations, such as DORA, have led to significant cultural […]

April 29, 2019 - 8:46 am

ARL White Paper on Wikidata highlights use of open knowledge in scholarly communication, special collections

(18 Apr 2019)  In a new Association of Research Libraries (ARL) white paper, a task force of expert Wikidata users recommend a variety of ways for librarians to use the open knowledge base in advancing global discovery of their collections, faculty, and institutions. Librarians are using Wikidata’s structured data about people, topics, concepts, and objects to populate […]

April 23, 2019 - 8:50 am

Webinar – What’s New at ORCID?

(17 Apr 2019)  Library Carpentries and ORCID are co-hosting a webinar on What’s New at ORCID. Registration is free — just add your name here — and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion. This webinar, at 10am ET on Thursday, May 16, will focus on ORCID’s new API v3.0, launching in May, which includes some […]

April 19, 2019 - 9:05 am

Webinar video: finding and reusing research data

(12 Apr 2019)  Sharing research data is a practice that is increasingly encouraged by funders, institutions, and research communities. In this webinar organised by LIBER’s Research Data Management Working Group, Kathleen Gregory presented an overview of recent research investigating how researchers and librarians engage in practices of finding, understanding and reusing research data. She provided some tips […]

April 15, 2019 - 9:12 am

Journal article: “A Data Citation Roadmap For Scholarly Data Repositories”

(10 Apr 2019)  A new article, “A data citation roadmap for scholarly data repositories”, has been published in Scientific Data. Abstract: This article presents a practical roadmap for scholarly data repositories to implement data citation in accordance with the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles, a synopsis and harmonization of the recommendations of major science […]

April 11, 2019 - 10:48 am

CQ University hiring Senior Librarian, Research Outputs and Repositories

(3 Apr 2019)  CQ University Australia is seeking – Senior Librarian – Research Outputs & Repositories – HEW 7 Continuing, Full Time CQUniversity Melbourne Total Remuneration $102,104 to $111,666 p.a. (inclusive of salary $86,280 to $94,360 plus 17% superannuation and leave loading) Vacancy Reference Number: 33046 Research is one of the key pillars for CQUniversity’s […]

April 8, 2019 - 4:10 pm

NUS Libraries hiring Digital Scholarship (DS) Project Librarian / Manager

(4 Apr 2019)  NUS Libraries is seeking a dynamic, creative and enthusiastic professional for the position of Digital Scholarship project Librarian / Manager to deliver innovative digital scholarship services for the NUS community. Duties & Responsibilities As a member of the Digital Scholarship team, the DS Project Librarian/Manager will: Oversee the coordination and completion of digital […]

April 8, 2019 - 3:16 pm

Emerging trends in the academic publishing lifecycle

(27 Mar 2019)  “The academic publication lifecycle has undergone radical changes over the past several years. These changes have a significant impact on how scholarship will be written, published, promoted, and read in the future.”  Christine Tulley, Professor of English, Director of the Masters in Rhetoric and Writing Program, and Academic Development Coordinator at The University of Findlay, […]

April 8, 2019 - 2:32 pm

Publishing and Perishing – Does a new generation of social scientists have to publish more to achieve less?

(2 April 2019) It is often anecdotally remarked that early career and PhD researchers have to publish their research more frequently and earlier in their careers than previous generations of academics, if they aim to secure a permanent academic job. In this post, Rob Warren lays out empirical evidence from the field of Sociology showing […]

April 3, 2019 - 9:50 am

Kudos launches “featured images” to further increase visibility of and engagement with research publications

(11 Mar 2019)  Kudos, the award-winning service for accelerating research impact through strategic communications management, has enhanced its free service for authors with the addition of a new “featured image” capability. Images help to increase traffic1 and make pages more engaging and memorable for readers2. The new feature is enabled by an integration with Unsplash, a free […]

March 14, 2019 - 9:47 am

Research Libraries UK releases Evidencing the Impact and Value of Special Collections report

(7 Mar 2019)  RLUK has published a report examining the role that unique and distinctive collections play in enabling research libraries to meet their impact goals, and investigates the ways impact resulting through relevant services and activities is evidenced. The unique and distinctive collections held by research libraries have long been recognised as cultural assets to […]

March 12, 2019 - 5:54 am