Research Support

Using Twitter as a data source: an overview of social media research tools (2019)

(18 June 2019) Twitter and other social media platforms represent a large and largely untapped resource for social data and evidence. In this post, Wasim Ahmed updates his recurring series on the Impact Blog, to bring you the latest developments in digital methods and methodologies for researching Twitter and other social media platforms. The LSE […]

June 22, 2019 - 12:01 pm

Elsevier announces the International Center for the Study of Research

(19 June 2019) A groundbreaking new Center tasked with examining and advancing the evaluation of research across all fields of knowledge production has been launched by Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health. The International Center for the Study of Research (ICSR) will work closely with the research community to review and develop the use of qualitative and […]

June 22, 2019 - 11:32 am

New report reveals opportunities for academic libraries and research offices to strengthen support for researchers

The study indicates that libraries and research offices can play a key part in the management of research data, research workflows, access to funding, and impact measurement (13 June 2019)  Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce the publication of a study that examines the challenges that researchers confront at institutions of higher education and […]

June 14, 2019 - 10:44 am

Zotero and Retraction Watch collaborate to enabling checking retractions in Zotero’s personal library

(12 June 2019)  From Retraction Watch, “We’re thrilled to announce a collaboration with Zotero, the free and open-source research platform, that will allow its users to be alerted to retractions of any papers in their personal libraries.” Read the full announcement here for details.  

June 13, 2019 - 7:38 pm

ResearchFish integrates Kudos article summaries and author perspectives to help broaden reach and engagement with research

(4 June 2019) ResearchFish, the research impact assessment platform provider, today announced an integration with Kudos, the award-winning service for accelerating research impact through strategic communications management. Through this integration, Kudos will make plain language article summaries and author perspectives directly accessible to researchers, universities and funders from within the ResearchFish platform, reducing duplication of effort, […]

June 8, 2019 - 10:09 pm

Turnitin partners with CORE, the world’s leading aggregator of open access research articles

(31 May 2019) Turnitin announced today a partnership with CORE, a service provided by The Knowledge Media Institute, a multidisciplinary research and development lab based at The Open University in the UK in partnership with Jisc, a membership organization providing digital solutions for UK education and research. Using CORE’s FastSync service, Turnitin’s proprietary web crawler will search through CORE’s […]

June 3, 2019 - 9:57 pm

Hindawi Limited partners with The Charlesworth Group to collaborate with academic researchers in China

(28 May 2019)  Hindawi is working with The Charlesworth Group to provide the academic community in China with researcher resources and information. Hindawi Limited is pleased to announce a new collaboration with The Charlesworth Group, the leading China industry specialist in rights representation, consultancy and marketing services to the global academic publishing community. Hindawi is committed to […]

May 29, 2019 - 9:09 am

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