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OASPA Endorses the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

(12 February 2018) OASPA is pleased to announce our formal endorsement of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). Developed in 2012 at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco, DORA is a cross-disciplinary global initiative seeking to improve the ways in which scholarly research outputs are evaluated. OASPA is […]

February 13, 2018 - 7:41 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2018-1: THE Asia: Reshuffling the same deck

(7 February 2018) The 2018 cycle begins.  THE released its 2018 Asia rankings 7 February 2018.  Covering 359 universities from 25 countries across Asia, this is an increase of 101 universities from 2017. Table 1 shows the top 15 universities in 2018 with their 2017 rankings and 2018 world rankings. The names are the same; […]

February 7, 2018 - 12:01 pm
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Turnitin announces development of solution to address contract cheating in partnership with leading educational institutions

With the help of academic integrity researchers, forensic linguists, and machine learning experts, Turnitin is developing a solution to counter the threat contract cheating poses to institutions’ values. (1 February 2018) One in three college instructors report that their students have submitted papers written by someone else. However, instructors feel they lack the evidence and […]

February 3, 2018 - 5:19 pm
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Quantity does matter as citation impact increases with productivity

(23 January 2018)  Many scholars are encouraged to focus on the quality not the quantity of their publications, the rationale being that becoming too focused on productivity risks reducing the quality of one’s work. But is this, in fact, the case? Peter van den Besselaar and Ulf Sandström have studied a large sample of researchers […]

January 25, 2018 - 11:38 am
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Ruth’s Rankings 32: The Business of Rankings – Show me the money

By Ruth A. Pagell* How many owners has the Institute for Scientific Information had? What percent of Times Higher Education revenue comes from rankings? Which ranker solicits advertising on its home page? (22 January 2018) Faculty and administrators in Hong Kong and Singapore asked me “How do the rankers make money from rankings?”  Despite my […]

January 22, 2018 - 2:04 pm
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Singapore’s powerhouses neglect local intellectual life

Singaporeans deserve more local impact from their top-ranked public universities, says Cherian George (11 January 2018) Singapore’s two main public universities have risen in global reputation, lifted by the state’s economic might. For most Singaporeans – as well as many of the region’s brightest students – getting a place to study at the National University […]

January 11, 2018 - 3:11 pm
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Society for Scholarly Publishing (re)launches online discussion group for industry announcement and events

(4 January 2018) The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) invites scholarly communication professionals to join its Industry Announcements and Events online discussion group. The discussion group replaces the SSP-L list-serv and is part of SSP’s new C3 community platform. Announcements of conferences, events, or other resources of broad interest to the community are welcome. Press […]

January 6, 2018 - 8:20 am
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Cultural differences in plagiarism

(20 December 2017) American universities are melting pots of cultures and ideas, a blending of communities from all over the world according to the Turnitin blog. International students who come to the United States to attend college jump into a set of experiences that can be both similar and widely different to those of their […]

December 21, 2017 - 2:44 pm
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PhD students should be taught more about research impact and engagement

(18 December 2017) The international research impact and engagement agenda continues to gain momentum. But are early-career researchers, shown to be under-represented in impact-generating research, being left behind? Many PhD students report a lack of any training on research impact throughout their research studies, and even continue to conflate impact with dissemination. Melinda Laundon argues […]

December 19, 2017 - 8:41 am
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The crumbling façade: my experience working for an essay mill

(12 December 2017) According to a recent UK Government-backed review, academics are topping up their earnings by writing for “essay mill” sites which help students to cheat in their assignments. S. A. Mills was one of those academics and recounts the experience here; offering an insight into the allure of such opportunities for those either […]

December 15, 2017 - 10:42 am
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China tops patent, trademark, design filings in 2016

(6 December 2017, Geneva) Worldwide filings for patents, trademarks and industrial designs reached record heights in 2016 amid soaring demand in China, which received more patent applications than the combined total for the United States of America, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the European Patent Office. Innovators around the world filed 3.1 million patent […]

December 7, 2017 - 9:22 am
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The Last Mile: IFLA launches work to help all libraries deliver on the Marrakesh Treaty

(4 December 2017) When they signed the Marrakesh Treaty in 2013, the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organisation committed to removing legal barriers to access to books for people with print disabilities. They opened the way to dealing with a key cause of the book famine – the fact that barely 7% of […]

December 5, 2017 - 10:04 am
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Ruth’s Rankings 31: Road Trip to Hong Kong and Singapore – Opening new routes for collaboration between librarians and their stakeholders

By Ruth A. Pagell* (4 December 2017) I am beginning to think of global university rankings as invasive species.  Two years ago, a talk I gave in Singapore attracted an uninterested audience of 25.  On this trip, over 200 librarians, faculty, administrators and students physically attended the talks. Students wanted to know how to use […]

December 4, 2017 - 3:03 pm
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Asia Foundation celebrated as 2017 Library of Congress ‘Program Best Practice Honoree’

(1 December 2017, Washington, DC)  The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program was honored as a 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program Best Practice Honoree at a November 27 event at the Library’s historic Thomas Jefferson Building. Following on the awards announcement in September, the celebration event featured leaders representing organizations from around the […]

December 2, 2017 - 8:37 am
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Asia-Pacific Marrakesh Treaty campaign

EIFL is supporting a major awareness-raising campaign to encourage ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty in the Asia-Pacific Region (30 November 2017) EIFL is supporting a major awareness-raising campaign that aims to encourage countries in the Asia-Pacific region to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty which increases access to knowledge for blind, visually impaired and otherwise print-disabled people. […]

December 2, 2017 - 8:25 am
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