Tag Archives: quality

How to write a good scientific paper: A handy guidebook for early career researchers

(24 May 2018) Many authors consider lab work easier than writing a research paper. The main challenges they face while doing the latter include structuring the research paper and following the relevant style conventions. Apart from this, authors are often confused about the language to be used in scientific papers and look for guidebooks or […]


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Supporting quality information: libraries and publishers dialogue

(15 March 2018)  Libraries and publishers both play an essential role in the production of, and the provision of access to, creativity and knowledge. In their pursuit of this goal, we are affected by the same trends, and share many of the same concerns. The 35th meeting of the international organisations representing publishers and libraries […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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CiteScore™ shines a spotlight on high-quality journals neglected by other metrics

(24 July 2017, Amsterdam) Elsevier’s CiteScore is currently the only metric for more than 200 top-quality academic journals from numerous renowned publishers that guides them in their exceptional work. Metrics are an important tool to determine editorial choices when editing research journals and managing their role in their respective fields. Analysis by Elsevier, a global […]


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Perceptions of open access publishing are changing for the better, a survey by Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave Macmillan finds

(13 August 2015) A survey of 22,000 academic researchers by Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and Palgrave Macmillan has found that a decreasing number of authors are concerned about perceptions of the quality of open access publications. In 2014, 40% of scientists who had not published open access in the last three years said “I am […]


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DOAJ introduces new standards to help community address quality concerns

(March 2015) After all the hard work that scholars put into their research, they are eager to have the papers reporting on their work widely read.  Many understand that publishing their article in an open access journal provides them with the opportunity to reach the widest possible audience.  However, lingering concerns about the quality of […]


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LibQUAL+® seeks applicants for in-kind grant program 2014

(8 April 2013)  LibQUAL+ will award up to three institutions in-kind grants to participate in the 2014 LibQUAL+ survey, with a goal of offering one grant for every 50 libraries registered. This will be the ninth year LibQUAL+ has sponsored an in-kind grant program. There are two application deadlines for the 2014 grant program: June […]


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