I haven’t written about altmetrics so far. Not because it’s not a worthwhile subject, but because there’s so much I don’t know where to begin.
It's nice when people say nice things about you. It's especially nice when, in the midst of budget cuts and job losses and questions about your relevance, famous people make poetic defenses of the job you love.Earlier this week, well known author, journalist and activist Cory Doctorow reminded us of an eloquent defense of libraries and librarians made by British author Neil Gaiman in a 2010 interview.
Data - Big or small - is a hot topic in higher education and in academic libraries. Scientists and scholars are collecting, analyzing and sharing increasing amounts of data.
I've spent some time on this blog talking about how scientists communicate with each other - largely through scientific journal articles in scholarly journals.
Do blog posts correlate with a higher number of future citations? In many cases, yes, at least for Researchblogging.org (RB). Judit Bar-Ilan, Mike Thelwall and I already used RB, a science blogging aggregator for posts citing peer-reviewed research, in our previous article.
If it is possible, I consider myself to be both an idealist and a pragmatist with regard to scholarly publishing.On the idealist side, I view scientific publishing as a natural extension of the necessity of sharing scientific results with others.
In the past, a journal title that was unfamiliar to a researcher would be an automatic red-flag for journal quality - if I haven't heard of it, it must not be very good.
Once upon a time, journals were made of paper and ink. However, we left the dark ages of dead woods behind us and moved forward to an age in which authors don’t need to publish in journals (but still want to).
I am tired of explaining to students that the URL for a database entry they copied and pasted from their browser won't work. CC-BY-SA image courtesy of Flickr user Takeshi Life Goes On Here is the problem: A student searches for high quality content in a database that the library pays a lot of money for.
The new Leiden Ranking (LR) has just been published, and I would like to talk a bit about its indicators, what it represents and equally important - what it doesn’t represent.
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