scholarly journals

Social science students and staff – check out this great resource

September 15, 2015

The Library is delighted to announce the arrival of the latest online edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2015). This fantastic resource covers all the social and behavioural sciences and provides...Read more

Eight more Nature titles for Massey research community

January 22, 2015

Exciting as the advance of new publishing models may be, some of the old established journals are still pre-eminent in their value for scientific researchers. Of these, Nature, first published in 1869, stands out as the journal that can make a...Read more

Editorial Boards, Editors-in-Chief and Identity Theft – A Cautionary Tale

November 14, 2013

I was asked last week to help a member of the Massey academic staff who had found that she appeared on the website of a journal that she had never heard of, listed as its Editor-in-Chief. Closer examination revealed that another Massey academic was...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

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

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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