Thursday, November 7, 2013

Nature special issue on Impact. - worth reading!

Nature special issue on Impact..
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Suggests that area is complex with many possible and implemented indicators which needs to be carefully considered to interpret correctly.

Funders look for research “with a punch”. Tips on how to stand out from the crowd in your application.

Hahnel, Mark Referencing: The reuse factor
The founder of figshare describes the importance of good data management and developments including figshare, Research Data Alliance (founded by ANDS) and the importance of raw data to be made available in papers (eg F1000 Research).

Shotton, David Publishing: Open citations
Argues that there is great benefit in make bibliographic citation data freely available. Describes the Open Citations Corpus, including challenges that will need to be addressed for it to be sustainable. For more see   

Reich , Eugenie Science publishing: The golden club
Suggests that publishing in a prestige journal (eg Nature) is gives highest reputation and impact. When established, however, there are more options. She notes that in some disciplines, such as Astronomy, open access through preprints is the norm.

Owens, Brian Research assessments: Judgement day
Mock REFs, real REF in the UK – universities are tailoring their activities around rankings. Mentions Italy, Australia – with a supportive quote for assessment from Aidan. Describes concerns from at University and College Union (London) survey of academics and fears that the assessment  “signals a preference for short-term, applied work over basic research that has no obvious, immediate public benefit”. Gives pluses and minuses.