Opinion

Altmetrics – What’s that all about?

August 30, 2013

Users of Symplectic will probably have noticed a little Altmetrics button next to the count of their citations. It will probably look a bit like this – If you’re lucky and your work has created some Internet and social media activity then...Read more

Scopus, you’re unravelling

August 19, 2013

The first part of this posting originally appeared on Library Out Loud on Tuesday 13 August. The posting was substantially updated this morning but was then taken off the site – fortunately we are now able to reinstate it. Some minor changes...Read more

UK Survey of Academics 2012

June 20, 2013

The recently published UK Survey of Academics 2012 jointly commissioned by Jisc and Research Libraries UK makes for some interesting reading for librarians and academics alike. Here are some of the highlights from the Executive Summary –...Read more

eResearch and the Library – a Q and A

May 21, 2013

What is eResearch? Definitions of eResearch abound and it can be pretty difficult to see any strong distinction between eResearch, eScience and digital scholarship. They are all about applying modern computer and communications technologies to the...Read more

We Want You On Our Editorial Board

May 15, 2013

An invitation to be on the editorial board of a journal can be a significant marker of academic prestige.  If a subject-based journal can be seen to define a particular academic community then your name on the editorial board would suggest that you...Read more

They still want to publish your thesis

March 5, 2013

Writing a doctoral or a masters thesis is a huge amount of work and there‘s a lot of satisfaction when you come to  the end of the process and the thesis is finally printed and bound.  According to the University regulations a printed and bound...Read more

Are our databases letting us down? Some reflections

February 11, 2013

My last posting on the appearance of a highly questionable journal in the Scopus database has raised a few eyebrows and has also given rise to the question of whether I may have singled out Scopus, and its parent company Elsevier, unfairly.  To...Read more

Are our databases letting us down? A case study

February 1, 2013

After my recent posting on Open Access journals  I had a closer look at Jeffrey Beall’s list of predatory publishers and in particular at the list of suspect journal titles.  I had become aware some time ago that at least one very...Read more

Deciding where to publish? Tools to help

January 24, 2013

A key decision for any academic is where to submit articles for publication. Which journals publish in my area? Are they well respected? Are they on a list of predatory publishers? There are various ways of finding likely journals, and finding...Read more

Good Guys, Bad Guys and Open Access Journals

January 23, 2013

Jeffrey Beall is a librarian at University of Colorado and seems to be one of the Good Guys.  Open Access publishing is very much a Good Thing but like a lot of open stuff it has been discovered by the Bad Guys and many OA journals are starting to...Read more

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