eResearch

Are open textbooks still on the way? And when will they arrive?

August 31, 2017

If you talk about Open Access to most university staff – teachers, researchers, students, librarians – they automatically think of OA journals with articles available without cost to the whole world, or of subscription-funded...Read more

ResBaz 2017 at Massey University, Manawatu

January 27, 2017

On the 8th – 10th February 2017 Massey University will host its inaugural ResBaz event on the Manawatu campus. The Research Bazaar is a growing international conference promoting the digital literacy emerging at the centre of modern research...Read more

Citations and Circulation Counts – Not Really Holiday Reading

December 22, 2016

If you think that an article called Citations and Circulation Counts – Data Sources for Monograph Deselection in Research Library Collections doesn’t sound like terribly exciting reading for the holiday break you may well be right. But one...Read more

Libraries and little blue penguins – Getting closer all the time

November 7, 2016

I had a phone call today from Professor John Cockrem who is in Oamaru carrying out research on the town’s unique little blue penguin colony. It’s been in the news recently because it sits right on the waterfront and has for many years...Read more

When is a publisher not a publisher?

July 30, 2015

We’ve put out warnings in the past about the perils of predatory scholarly publishing and if you are still unsure what this means the Wikipedia entry sums it up pretty well. The rise of open access publishing has been great for both authors and...Read more

Google Scholar, Scopus and the h-index – a social science micro-study

May 22, 2015

Like it or not, the h-index and citation counting season is upon us again. Recently I had an interesting case brought to my attention of a Massey researcher in the social sciences who had a pretty reasonable h-index in Scopus and a much better one...Read more

A Not Very Simple Guide to Open Access

October 17, 2014

To the consumer of Open Access (OA) scholarly publishing it’s really a very simple thing. You find a link to a journal article, a thesis or a book chapter and you click on it. The document is there, you can read it online or download it...Read more

A simple trick for power-reading ebooks

October 7, 2014

Students are often told that when they come across a word or concept that they don’t understand they should always look it up but that can be quite a difficult habit to acquire and is a nuisance when you are in the middlle of an interesting...Read more

Are you on Researchgate?

August 14, 2014

By now probably most academic  researchers will have heard of Researchgate, which is often described as “a social networking site for researchers”, a sort of mix of Facebook and LinkedIn but with a heavy scholarly focus.  At the very least ...Read more

Open Access Journal Articles – How Much Access Do Internet Users Actually Get?

June 20, 2014

Since widespread Internet access became available about twenty years ago, researchers have seen it as a simple and fast means of disseminating their work within their own communities, and beyond that to other research communities and to the public...Read more

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