Research Support

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

Open science essentials: towards a skill set and showcases at LIBER 2019

(11 Jul 2019) Open science skills for research librarians and researchers are at the heart of the evolution towards openness. LIBER’s Digital Skills for Library Staff & Researchers Working Group is supporting this transition in two ways: by building a digital skills list with a specific focus on Open Science and by highlighting Open Science training programmes relying […]

July 12, 2019 - 1:50 pm

NISO Publishes recommended practice on improved access to institutionally-provided information resources

(2 Jul 2019) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a new Recommended Practice on Improved Access to Institutionally-Provided Information Resources. This NISO Recommended Practice provides recommendations for using federated identity as an access model and improving the federated authentication user experience, arising from the Resource Access for the 21st Century (RA21) initiative. Ralph Youngen, […]

July 7, 2019 - 8:46 am

PLOS – academic reviewers to now more easily receive credit for their work

(28 June 2019) PLOS today announced that its collaboration with ORCID now includes credit for reviewers. For more than five years, PLOS authors have used ORCID to make their professional lives easier. Now reviewers at PLOS can take advantage of the same benefits to track their contributions, claim credit, and build up their research profiles. Same ORCID, now […]

June 29, 2019 - 2:11 pm

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