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Plagiarism and robotics

(11 April 2018) Though humans have sought ways to automate common tasks for thousands of years, the science of robotics is still a fairly new field. The term “robot” was coined in 1920 by playwright Karel Capek and the first industrial robots began to make their appearance in the 1950s. However, despite its young age, […]

April 12, 2018 - 11:19 am
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Nature Research and The Estée Lauder Companies launch global awards to celebrate inspirations for women in science

(9 April 2018, London | Melville, New York) With women making up less than a third of the world’s researchers and facing barriers to pursuing long-term careers that lead to senior positions in science, Nature Research and The Estée Lauder Companies have launched two global awards today that seek to put a spotlight on both […]

April 12, 2018 - 11:07 am
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The proportion of co-authored research articles has risen markedly in recent decades

(4 April 2018) The proportion of multi-authored papers in the social sciences has risen steadily over recent decades. But what are the reasons behind such a marked increase? Lukas Kuld and John O’Hagan consider a number of explanations, from increased academic specialisation and more affordable communication and travel, to the pressures of publication and an […]

April 5, 2018 - 3:44 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2018-2: QS Subject rankings and THE’s new releases – Japanese Universities and the Arab League

(5 April 2018) Many of our rankings appear once a year.  QS and THE slice and dice their datasets to create subsets of their annual rankings.  Are following these releases worth our time? QS adds two subjects: Library & Information Management and Classics & Ancient History Asia has more ranked universities in Materials Science than […]

April 5, 2018 - 2:36 pm
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A brief history of research impact: how has impact assessment evolved in the UK and Australia?

(19 March 2018) Over the last couple of decades there has been an international push around the assessment of the wider societal impact of research. Kate Williams and Jonathan Grant document the evolution of research impact assessment in the UK and Australia, and how policies in the two countries have been seemingly interdependent, a back-and-forth […]

March 20, 2018 - 1:58 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings 33: Authors: People and processes

By Ruth Pagell* Which country has the most authors? Which research organization has the most authors in the world? Which university in Asia has the most authors? Which author at Nanjing Tech has the most citations in the field of Physics and Astronomy? (1) (17 March 2018) Two themes run through this article: the processes […]

March 17, 2018 - 1:38 pm
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INASP’s AuthorAID launches new research collaboration forum to catalyse international research partnerships

The new AuthorAID forums (forums.authoraid.info) have been developed in response to requests for help in finding research collaborators by researchers from across the global research community. (13 March 2018) INASP’s AuthorAID has launched a new set of forums with a ‘Research Collaboration Space’ to help researchers, particularly in the Global South, to find international partners […]

March 14, 2018 - 9:18 am
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The hidden costs of research assessment exercises: the curious case of Australia

(13 March 2018) Research assessment exercises provide the government and wider public with assurance of the quality of university research, with the guiding principles being accountability, transparency, and openness. But is there the same accountability and openness when it comes to the public cost of these large-scale exercises? Ksenia Sawczak examines the situation in Australia […]

March 14, 2018 - 9:11 am
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False investigators and coercive citation are widespread in academic research

(5 March 2018) A recent study has revealed widespread unethical behaviour in academic research. Allen Wilhite focuses on two activities in particular; the addition to funding proposals of investigators not expected to contribute to the research, and editors who coerce authors to add citations to manuscripts even though those citations were not part of the scholars’ reference […]

March 6, 2018 - 2:45 pm
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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library reaches 100 million book milestone

(28 February 2018, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.–BUSINESS WIRE)  From its infancy in Sevier County, Tennessee, to the largest children’s literacy program in the world, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has introduced millions of children around the globe to the fun of reading. Yesterday, Parton herself enshrined the 100-millionth book distributed in the program’s existence into the Library […]

March 2, 2018 - 4:16 pm
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Al-Tibb: healing traditions in Islamic medical manuscripts

(22 February 2018)  Medicine in Islam carries a history of enquiry, innovation and change. Through and through, the search for knowledge occupies an esteemed place in the Islamic worldview. Al-Tibb: Healing Traditions in Islamic Medical Manuscripts attempts to make manifest this journey of discovery and accomplishments. A selection of manuscripts, along with accompanying objects, seeks […]

February 23, 2018 - 9:12 am
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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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