Research Support

Case studies: reframing library support to take research outputs to non-academic audiences

(19 Feb 2020) From the abstract: “The University of Manchester Library has established a key role in facilitating scholarly discourse through its mediated open access (OA) services, but has little track record in intentionally taking OA research outputs to non-academic audiences. This article outlines recent exploratory steps the Library has taken to convince researchers to […]

March 3, 2020 - 9:27 am

China shifts from reliance on international publications

(25 Feb 2020)  After years of pushing Chinese researchers to publish in prestigious international journals, China’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Science and Technology have jointly released a document aimed at reducing “excessive reliance” on Science Citation Index (SCI) papers for academic promotions, job offers and allocation of research funding.   More related news […]

March 3, 2020 - 9:21 am

Free resources for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(updated 27 Mar 2020)  To fight against the epidemic of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, researchers around the world are working hard to bring pieces together for a clearer picture of the virus and possible solutions. To support this, academic publishers provide open access to related researches from their collections, including: AAAS ACS AIP Publishing Annual Reviews […]

February 15, 2020 - 9:05 am

How a network of data curators can unlock the tremendous reuse value of research data

(13 Feb 2020) Understanding researchers’ behaviors and needs when it comes to data sharing and reuse is challenging. Each discipline has unique norms and practices for how they collect and manage data, when (and if) they share their data, and how they determine a dataset’s fitness for reuse. Data curators—as information science practitioners—make a wealth […]

February 14, 2020 - 2:26 pm

Webinar: detecting image manipulation (2020/2/27)

(11 Feb 2020) From Elsevier Research Academy: “Advancing technology has put the control of scientific images in the hands of researchers and authors. According to most journal guidelines, images submitted with a manuscript for review should be minimally processed. However, with limited knowledge on the subject, it is difficult to assess whether the manipulation of an image is […]

February 12, 2020 - 9:51 am

Wellcome pledges £10 million to tackle novel coronavirus epidemic

(31 Jan 2020)  Wellcome is making a pledge of up to £10 million to accelerate research and support global efforts to tackle the ongoing novel coronavirus epidemic. Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director of Wellcome, said: “This virus is spreading at unprecedented scale with cases passing between people in multiple countries across the world. We know this […]

February 10, 2020 - 2:09 pm

Symposium proceedings: “Critical Roles for Libraries in Today’s Research Enterprise”

(5 Feb 2020)  The “Critical Roles for Libraries in Today’s Research Enterprise” symposium took place in Washington, DC on December 11, 2019, its report is now available online. This report represents a summary of the symposium, including speaker slides and biographies, invited expert commentaries, and notes from the facilitated group discussions. The report is available here. […]

February 10, 2020 - 1:35 pm

India’s fight against predatory journals: an interview with Professor Bhushan Patwardhan

(5 Feb 2020)  Predatory journals find most of their prey in developing countries, and in particular, among emerging economies where research output is rapidly growing. Bhushan Patwardhan is a biomedical researcher and Professor of Health Sciences at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) of India, and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, […]

February 6, 2020 - 8:58 am

Journal transparency index will be ‘alternative’ to impact scores

(29 Jan 2020)  A new ranking system for academic journals measuring their commitment to research transparency will be launched next month – providing what many believe will be a useful alternative to journal impact scores. Under a new initiative from the Center for Open Science, based in Charlottesville, Virginia, more than 300 scholarly titles in psychology, […]

February 4, 2020 - 9:32 am

The full-service paper mill and its Chinese customers

(24 Jan 2020)  An investigation by Elisabeth Bik, Smut Clyde, Morty and Tiger BB8 reveals the workings of a paper mill. Its customers are Chinese doctors desperate for promotion. Apparently even journal editors are part of the scam, publishing fraudulent made-up science. Read the full story here.  

January 27, 2020 - 10:06 am

Taylor & Francis Online supports clinical trial data linking

(15 Jan 2020) Taylor & Francis Online now displays clinical trial data within the Crossmark popup, as seen above, including links to other publications that relate to those clinical trials Taylor & Francis Online ( now links clinical trial data to published articles and automatically deposits this data to Crossref and PubMed, when authors supply the […]

January 20, 2020 - 8:41 am

Kudos launches new Research Showcase to maximize non-academic impact of research projects

(9 Jan 2020)  Kudos, the award-winning service for accelerating research impact through strategic communications management, has today announced the launch of its new Research Showcase. This public website ( is the world’s first platform to drive discovery of “research in progress”, providing stakeholders – from funders, taxpayers and donors, to research participants and beneficiaries – […]

January 13, 2020 - 11:00 pm

New white paper examines changes to research data services in academic libraries in North America

(12 Dec 2019) Choice today announced the publication of the fifth in a series of white papers designed to provide actionable intelligence around topics of importance to the academic library community. This paper, “Research Data Services in Academic Libraries: Where are We Today?”, offers a unique opportunity to revisit and re-examine findings from a 2012 ACRL […]

December 30, 2019 - 4:41 pm

Ruth’s Rankings 43: predatory practices revisited – misunderstandings and positive actions

 “Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices.” (Nature, 2019)   By Ruth A. Pagell* (22 Dec 2019) This article looks […]

December 24, 2019 - 2:56 pm

Which papers got the most attention online this year? #AltmetricTop100

Climate crisis, artificial intelligence, and vaccines top the list of 2019’s most discussed research (17 Dec 2019)  From the increasing use of artificial intelligence to the climate emergency facing us all, many of this year’s most polarizing issues feature in the Altmetric Top 100, released today. The annual Altmetric Top 100 highlights research published in 2019 that has […]

December 18, 2019 - 4:59 pm