Research Support

Kudos launches Kudos Pro, a ground-breaking new toolkit for maximizing engagement and impact of research

(10 Sep 2019) Kudos, the award-winning service for accelerating research impact through strategic communications management, has today announced the launch of Kudos Pro, a ground-breaking new toolkit for research groups, departments, faculties and institutes. Kudos Pro enables researchers to create and manage research communication plans (targeting multiple audiences, within and outside of academia); to share information […]

September 12, 2019 - 9:08 am

Research article: Lost or found? Discovering data needed for research

(submitted 1 Sep 2019)  Abstract: Finding or discovering data is a necessary precursor to being able to reuse data, although relatively little large-scale empirical evidence exists about how researchers discover, make sense of and (re)use data for research. This study presents evidence from the largest known survey investigating how researchers discover and use data that […]

September 10, 2019 - 8:55 am

Research article: the Australian Research Data Commons

(5 Sep 2019) Abstract: A research data commons can provide researchers with the data and resources necessary to conduct world class research. More than this, a research data commons can be transformational in facilitating change in the way research is conducted, in terms of both research culture and the availability of research data and analytical tools. This […]

September 9, 2019 - 8:55 am

ORCID’s funder working group publishes its recommendations

(5 Sep 2019) ORCID’s Funder Working Group, part of the ORBIT (ORCID Reducing Burden and Improving Transparency) initiative, today published three reports summarizing their work to date. The reports cover ORCID and grant DOIs and the use of ORCID in grant applications and grant reporting processes. Collectively, they summarize how and why to use ORCID and other persistent identifiers at all […]

September 9, 2019 - 8:51 am

EIFL Checklist For DSpace Repositories Updated!

(16 Aug 2019) From EIFL: We have updated and revised How To Make Your DSpace Repository Work Really Well, the EIFL checklist that repository managers and administrators, librarians and others can use to improve institutional open access (OA) repositories that use DSpace free and open source software. DSpace is the most commonly used repository software in EIFL […]

August 23, 2019 - 9:06 am

Research article: Providing research data management (RDM) services in libraries: preparedness, roles, challenges, and training for RDM practice

(Published 12 Aug 2019)  This paper reports the results of an international survey on research data management (RDM) services in libraries. More than 240 practicing librarians responded to the survey and outlined their roles and levels of preparedness in providing RDM services, challenges their libraries face, and knowledge and skills that they deemed essential to […]

August 23, 2019 - 8:55 am

Publish or perish? Faculty publishing decisions and the RPT process

(30 Jul 2019)  As tenured faculty positions become increasingly competitive, the pressure to publish—especially in “high impact” journals—has never been greater. As a result, many of today’s academics believe having a strong publication record is necessary for the review, promotion, and tenure (RPT) process. Publishing, for some, has become synonymous with professional success. A survey of faculty […]

August 13, 2019 - 9:04 am

UK to set up research integrity committee by 2020

(25 Jul 2019)  The UK is establishing a research integrity committee to better monitor how robustly the nation’s universities carry out research misconduct investigations. The committee is due to begin its work in early next summer, the government has announced. More details can be found here.  

August 8, 2019 - 8:44 am

Free webinar focuses on data-visualization techniques from PLA

(26 Jul 2019)  The Public Library Association (PLA) will present a webinar next month designed to help public library professionals apply data-visualization techniques to their work. The webinar is presented as part of PLA’s Performance Measurement Initiative and features Project Outcome, our free toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of essential library services and programs. […]

August 7, 2019 - 9:28 am

Austria launches its ORCID consortium

(26 Jul 2019)  Austria has taken a major step to adopt ORCID on a national scale. The official ORCID Austria launch event took place in Vienna on June 13. Co-hosted by consortium lead organizations TU Wien and the University of Vienna, supported by ORCID and E-Infrastructures Austria Plus, this was the third ORCID workshop in Austria, but the […]

July 30, 2019 - 10:12 am

Russian site says it has brokered authorships for more than 10,000 researchers

(18 Jul 2019)  Want to be a first author on a scholarly paper? A Russian company has you covered — starting at about $500. The company claims to have added the names of more than 10,000 researchers to more than 2,000 published articles in scholarly journals over the past three years. Think eBay — or […]

July 19, 2019 - 9:22 am

Crowding the library: how and why Libraries are using crowdsourcing to engage the public (OA article)

(15 Jul 2019)  From the abstract: “This article is written from a Canadian University library perspective with the goal to help the reader engage with the current crowdsourcing landscape. This article’s contribution includes a literature review and a survey of popular projects and platforms; followed by a case study of a crowdsourcing pilot completed at […]

July 17, 2019 - 9:06 am

Preprints boost article citations and mentions

(9 Jul 2019) A new analysis suggests that journal articles posted as preprints before their formal publication in a peer-reviewed journal attract more citations and online mentions than those without preprint versions. A team led by Nicholas Fraser, a bibliometrics researcher at the Leibniz Information Centre for Economics in Germany, retrieved all 18,841 papers posted on the biology repository bioRxiv between November […]

July 12, 2019 - 3:02 pm

Sweden passes law For national research misconduct agency

(10 Jul 2019)  Sweden has passed a law to create a government agency to investigate research misconduct. On June 18, the Swedish Parliament passed the law to create the Research Misconduct Board, which will become active in January 2020 and oversee cases of misconduct from public higher education institutions, central government agencies, municipalities, county councils, […]

July 12, 2019 - 2:38 pm

Cambridge University signs San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

(8 Jul 2019) The University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Press announced on 8 July 2019 that they have signed up to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), a set of recommendations agreed in 2012 that seek to ensure that the quality and impact of research outputs are ‘measured accurately and evaluated wisely’. DORA’s […]

July 12, 2019 - 2:20 pm