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    Bonnie J. M. Swoger is a Science and Technology Librarian at a small public undergraduate institution in upstate New York, SUNY Geneseo. She teaches students about the science literature, helps faculty and students with library research questions and leads library assessment efforts. Bonnie started her professional life as a geologist, but realized that she was much more interested in how scientists communicate their research to one another. As a librarian, she gets to teach others about the topic. She has a BS in Geology from St. Lawrence University, an MS in Geology from Kent State University and an MLS from the University at Buffalo. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, two young daughters and two old cats. She would love to have some free time in which to indulge in hobbies. She also blogs at the Undergraduate Science Librarian and can be found on twitter @bonnieswoger.

    Hadas Shema is an Information Science graduate student at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. She studies the characteristics of online scientific discourse and is a member of the European Union’s Academic Careers Understood through Measurement and Norms (ACUMEN) project. Hadas tweets at @Hadas_Shema. Follow on Twitter @infoculture2.
  • 12 delightful resources for word nerds everywhere

    Book cover: The Mother Tongue

    My recent post about specialized dictionaries got me thinking about the fun books and sites I have encountered about words and language. I thought I would share a slightly off-topic post about my geeky love for words and language. The most recent bit of geeky word stuff I’ve seen is Weird Al Yankovic’s gift to [...]

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    When was the last time you used a print dictionary?

    Screenshot of a Google search for define: foliation

    I used to keep a small dictionary in my bedside table, another in the end table near the couch, one on my home office desk and another on my desk at work. I’m rather particular about looking up words I don’t know, and I always wanted a dictionary within reach. When I was an undergraduate geology [...]

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    Introduction to open peer review

    Last post we talked about traditional peer review, which is at least single-blinded. This time we will focus on Open Peer Review (OPR). The narrowest way to describe OPR is as a process in which the names of the authors and reviewers are known to one another. Beyond this narrow definition, OPRs can be classified [...]

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    Discussion, criticism and advice-giving: content analysis of health blogs.

    My PhD mostly dealt with research blogs from (RB) an aggregator of blog posts covering peer-reviewed research. In this article, we (Prof. Judit Bar-Ilan, Prof. Mike Thelwall and I) describe studying bloggers’ motivations using a content analysis approach. That is, we read 10% of the RB “Health” category between 2010-2012, overall 391 posts. The [...]

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    Does the scientific journal have a future?

    The current homepage has changed little since it was launched

    This summer, scholars will use the break from teaching to submit manuscripts, review papers and develop new ideas. But even as the major functions of scholarly publishing march on, scholars, publishers and librarians start to ask, “What does the future of the scholarly journal look like?” Perhaps we should be asking a different question. Perhaps [...]

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    Don’t you have the summer off?

    While librarians at many academic institutions are considered faculty, many of them are also 12 month employees: we don’t get the summer off. When folks tilt their head and furrow their eyebrows as they ask me “What do you do all summer? Read?” I attempt to refrain from pulling my hair out. Trust me, I’m [...]

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    Avoiding headaches when citing your sources


    In the US, most colleges and universities will be finishing up spring classes about now, and final projects are coming due. The Works Cited section of a paper is typically left until last, and students often underestimate how much time it will take to put one together. There are plenty of websites that describe the [...]

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    Who did what? Clarifying author roles benefits researchers, publishers and students.

    Author roles outlined by Allen et al., 2014

    Scholarly scientific publishing has a lot of traditions that are not transparent to the reader such as peer review or the non-payment of authors. The existence of many authors on a single paper is also a bit of a mystery. Why are there so many? What did they all do? Why are they listed in [...]

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    Introduction to Traditional Peer Review

    Peer review was introduced to scholarly publication in 1731 by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, which published a collection of peer-reviewed medical articles. Despite this early start, in many scientific journal publications the editors had the only say on whether an article will be published or not until after World War II. “Science and The [...]

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    Frustration of the day: unclear article numbers

    Over the past couple of days, I have been reviewing some citations for student projects.  Several of the students submitted citations in which they expressed confusion over what page numbers to include. The problem: Many journals no longer publish a print version and have switched to using article numbers. Unfortunately, some publishers make these article [...]

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