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Springer Nature sponsors first Singapore Three Minute Thesis competition

(14 June 2017, Singapore) Twenty PhD candidates from Singapore will gather on 4 August 2017 at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) for the 2017 Singapore Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. The competition challenges participants to explain their research thesis in a clear and engaging three-minute talk aimed at non-specialists. The main prize, which is sponsored […]

June 20, 2017 - 11:00 am
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Leading research institutions should not be allowed to get away with bad writing

(15 June 2017) Paul Romer, chief economist at the World Bank, was recently sidelined after encouraging his researchers to communicate more clearly, even going as far as imposing a limit on their use of the word “and”. Caroline Cassidy defends Romer’s intentions and argues that strong communication is of critical importance to using research to […]

June 17, 2017 - 7:54 pm
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Gained in translation: adding value to research to inform policy

(14 June 2017) Within the social sciences, translating and sharing new knowledge is now common practice amongst many researchers and institutions across academia. From evidence briefings and summaries of literature to online blogs and presentations, a wide range of research evidence aims to engage policy and practitioner audiences so they can more easily access and […]

June 15, 2017 - 5:20 pm
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Classic Papers: articles that have stood the test of time

(15 June 2017) Scholarly research is often about the latest findings – the newest knowledge that our colleagues have gleaned from nature. Some articles buck this pattern and have impact long after their publication. Today, Google Scholar is releasing Classic Papers, a collection of highly-cited papers in their area of research that have stood the […]

June 15, 2017 - 3:40 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2018 Comes Early to QS World University Rankings®

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) takes over number one spot in Asia Massachusetts Institute of Technology remains number one in the world (12 June 2017) Not only are institutions competing but the rankers now seem to be in a race to be the first one out with the new “annual” rankings.  Last year, QS and THE […]

June 12, 2017 - 7:54 pm
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Open Therapeutics and AuthorAID to cooperate on advancing scientific knowledge

(26 May 2017, Minneapolis, MN, USA and Oxford, UK)  Open Therapeutics and INASP’s AuthorAID project announce the formation of a unique scientific collaboration service for helping underserved scientists around the world communicate break-through therapeutic biotechnology research. The partnership will provide scientific researchers an ability to conduct or receive mentorship, educational materials, and grant funding. AuthorAID […]

May 28, 2017 - 2:58 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! CWTS Leiden, New Ranking, New Ranking Principles

Over 30% of the top 100 universities in publication output are Asian Zhejiang University has the most publications in Asia and third most in the world Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has the highest proportion of top 10% publications in their field in Asia For purposes of this summary Asia excludes the Middle East (26 May […]

May 26, 2017 - 11:56 am
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Turnitin wins 23rd Annual Best Educational Software Award

(23 May 2017) Turnitin is proud to announce that both Turnitin Feedback Studio and Turnitin Revision Assistant were recognized with The ComputeED Gazette’s 23rd Annual Best Educational Software Awards! The BESSIE Awards highlight programs that serve as tools for educators and/or parents that meaningfully promote educational excellence. Publishers nominate these programs, which are then evaluated […]

May 24, 2017 - 7:42 pm
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Facing impostor syndrome head-on

(23 May 2017) Impostor syndrome is the term used to describe feeling like an impostor or ‘fraud’, that you don’t deserve your status, and that your successes are simply down to chance. It’s normally attributed to highly qualified individuals (like researchers), so it may come as no surprise that the topic is becoming increasingly discussed […]

May 23, 2017 - 3:38 pm
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Campaign to support Natalya Sharina: FAIR joins with CILIP and Amnesty International

(5 May 2017, Canberra) The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and Freedom of Access to Information and Resources (FAIR) have joined the call and are asking library and information professionals to support a campaign urging the release of librarian Natalya Sharina, who is currently under house arrest in Moscow. ALIA and FAIR are in […]

May 6, 2017 - 2:52 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings 26: March Madness –The rankings of U.S universities and their sports

By Ruth A. Pagell* (28 April 2017) Who won the March Madness (NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship) in 2017?  Duke, Princeton, Bucknell or University of North Carolina? Who won the 2017 Women’s Basketball Championship? Stanford or University of South Carolina? Who is number one in U.S. universities based on student-focused metrics?  Stanford or Princeton? Sports fans […]

April 29, 2017 - 2:49 pm
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Malaysia cuts education budget, while Indonesia and Philippines increase

(26 April 2017, Kuala Lumpur) An international expert in socio-economic development in Southeast Asia says Malaysia shouldn’t be cutting down on the budget for education, especially since neighbouring countries are pumping more resources into education. Speaking to FMT, Prof Patrick Ziegenhain, a visiting professor at Universiti Malaya’s (UM) Asia-Europe Institute, noted that Indonesia and Philippines […]

April 27, 2017 - 2:57 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings 25: THE Young University Rankings 2017 – Generational rankings and tips for success

By Ruth A. Pagell* Four of THE’s top five “Young” universities are from East Asia. Australia leads the region with 23 universities. UK leads the world with 27 THE released its 2017 Young University rankings during the first week of April. This recalibration of existing data is interesting because of additional articles including rankings by […]

April 15, 2017 - 2:18 pm
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73% of academics say access to research data helps them in their work; 34% do not publish their data

A new report published today by Elsevier and CWTS provides a benchmark overview of data sharing perceptions and practices among researchers (5 April 2017, Amsterdam/Leiden) Combining results from bibliometric analyses, a global sample of researcher opinions and case-study interviews, a new report  reveals that although the benefits of open research data are well known, in practice, […]

April 9, 2017 - 3:10 pm
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Citations are more than merely assigning credit – their inclusion (or not) conditions how colleagues regard and evaluate your work

(6 April 2017) The significance of citations goes far beyond energising and rewarding academic competition. Patrick Dunleavy in the LSE Impact Blog outlines why citations are so important; from setting up a specialist discourse in an economical and highly-focused manner, guiding readers seeking to follow your extended chain of reasoning, right through to showing you […]

April 8, 2017 - 8:50 pm
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