Research Support

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

ORCID member survey report is now available

(5 Mar 2019) A full report and the anonymized data set are now available; some of the learning points for ORCID include: Disambiguation of researchers was the top reason given for joining ORCID, and most respondents focus on using ORCID to help researchers.  However, user adoption is seen as the biggest challenge to implementing ORCID Access to the member API […]

March 7, 2019 - 3:51 pm

Building an Infrastructure to support researchers – an interview with Redalyc’s Arianna Becerril

(25 February 2019)  Redalyc was one of ORCID’s earliest supporters in Latin America and they’ve used ORCID to build an infrastructure that supports researchers. Redalyc offers author profile pages and tools for specific editions of scientific journals, in order to support the sustainability of Open Access in the region. ORCID interviewed with Redalyc’s Executive Director, Arianna Becerril, to […]

February 27, 2019 - 10:09 am

UKSG and Kudos partnership will raise the profile of scholarly communications authors – and of the field itself

(5 February 2019)  Kudos, the award-winning service for accelerating research impact through strategic communications management, is delighted to announce a partnership with UKSG, the only organization that connects all elements of the scholarly information community to exchange ideas and advance scholarly communication. UKSG has chosen to work with Kudos to provide even greater support for librarians, authors […]

February 11, 2019 - 3:27 pm

New from the Institute for Scientific Information: beyond single-point metrics

(30 January 2019) “The problem with simple metrics, however, is that they are prone to being misused or mistakenly invested with excessive significance, to the exclusion of more complete, nuanced, and meaningful data.”  This advocacy for the use of more complete data – “profiles, not metrics” – is the thesis and title of the inaugural Global Research […]

February 1, 2019 - 11:09 am

Ask the chefs: the future form of scholarly communication

(24 January 2019) It’s always a good time to think about the future, but somehow the beginning of the year seems an especially appropriate time. With the changes afoot in scholarly communication practices, sentiment, and business models, this couldn’t be a better time to consider what the target might look like. What are we all aiming […]

January 29, 2019 - 8:52 am

Now is the time to update our understanding of scientific impact in light of open scholarship

(21 January 2019) Sascha Friesike, Benedikt Fecher and Gert. G. Wagner outline three systemic shifts in scholarly communication that render traditional bibliometric measures of impact outdated and call for a renewed debate on how we understand and measure research impact. Read the full story from LSE Impact Blog.  

January 28, 2019 - 1:13 pm

Digital Science welcomes Glasgow-based CC Technology to DS family

(22 January 2019) Digital Science, a technology company serving stakeholders across the research ecosystem, welcomes CC Technology (CCT) to the Digital Science family of companies. The Glasgow-based company, which was founded in 1988 but did not come to support funders until 2006, has become a world-leader in the area of grants management. For the press release, see here. […]

January 23, 2019 - 8:58 am

The Reaxys PhD Prize 2019 for students in the chemical sciences is now live

(17 January 2019) Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, today announced that its prestigious ReaxysPrize for PhD students in the chemical sciences is now open for submissions. Celebrating top research by leading young chemists across the globe, the Reaxys PhD Prize recognizes innovative and original research in chemistry. The award, which receives hundreds […]

January 22, 2019 - 8:58 am

Change ahead: How do smaller publishers perceive open access?

(15 January 2019) Reporting results from a comprehensive survey of publishers in the German-speaking world, Christian Kaier and Karin Lackner explore the attitudes of smaller publishers towards open access, finding both rising levels of interest, but also ongoing uncertainty and resistance over making a transition to open access publishing. While libraries and funding bodies in German-speaking countries have been negotiating […]

January 21, 2019 - 2:27 pm

Building a culture of research impact

(17 January 2019) Drawing on case study evidence from the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme, Louise Shaxson suggests that developing a culture of engagement and collaboration is just as important to achieving research impact as following best practice, and presents five principles that underpin an effective research impact culture. The LSE Impact Blog has the full story  

January 19, 2019 - 1:48 pm

Radical Collaboration in Research Data Management Explored in Research Library Issues

(20 December 2018)   The latest issue of Research Library Issues (RLI), gathers reflections by six archivists and librarians on the practice of radical collaboration applied to research data management (RDM). Archivist Nancy McGovern describes radical collaboration as “inclusive, involving commitment and effort by most or all members that are broadly representative of the various aspects of the common […]

December 24, 2018 - 9:29 am

Survey reveals need for good guidance about trustworthy places to publish research

(19 December 2018)  A survey carried out by the Think. Check. Submit. initiative has revealed a strong demand from both researchers and librarians for guidance about where to publish and an appreciation of the services that the initiative offers. However, it also revealed a need for further educational resources and wider reach for the initiative. […]

December 20, 2018 - 2:19 pm

Growing prevalence of mobile-based research signals new era for libraries according to latest findings

(18 December 2018)  Sponsored by OpenAthens, the research gathered information from more than 900 librarians working in different sectors across the globe in Spring 2018 and was designed to gain insight into current thinking on identity and access management. According to the new research growing numbers of students and researchers are working from home, on mobile […]

December 18, 2018 - 10:17 am

Skeletons in their closet: Clarivate issues editorial concern but takes no further action

(11 December 2018) When Bone Research received its first Journal Impact Factor (JIF) in 2014 (a meager score of 1.310), it didn’t receive much notice. The following year, Bone Research‘s JIF more than doubled to 3.549, then nearly tripled to 9.326 in 2016. This year, it received a score 12.354. It now is ranked second […]

December 12, 2018 - 2:01 pm