When my father met Gandalf: Tolkien’s time as an external examiner at UCG

Posted in Research on June 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“So there I was, staring at my computer screen having just typed the words Chapter Six, when it occurred to me that the sensible thing to do was to log on to Twitter. I believe it’s called displacement activity. It appears to happen when I’m working on a novel …” (more)

[Felicity Hayes McCoy, Irish Times, 11 June]

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Plan S and the Transformation of Scholarly Communication: Are We Missing the Woods?

Posted in Research on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

International“At the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Annual Meeting in San Diego last Thursday, those unfortunate enough to be speaking during the 4pm slot lost their audience as everyone’s attention turned to their phones. The wait was over! Revised Plan S implementation guidelines were released last Thursday or Friday, depending on what part of the globe you were in …” (more)

[Alison Mudditt, The Scholarly Kitchen, 3 June]


Open Access Publishing: Plan S Update

Posted in Research on May 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I haven’t had time to go through the details yet, but yesterday saw the release of revised Principles and Implementation for Plan S, which I have blogged about before. There’s also a rationale for the changes here …” (more)

[In the Dark, 31 May]


Royal Irish Academy to establish a new academy for leading young researchers

Posted in Research on May 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) is to establish a new academy for Ireland’s leading young researchers in the sciences and humanities. It will provide ‘a forum for Ireland’s early to mid-career researchers and scholars so that their voices are heard within the RIA and by national and international policy makers’ …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 24 May]


The rise and rise of women in maths

Posted in Research on May 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The influential collection of biographical essays by Eric Temple Bell, Men of Mathematics, was published in 1937. It covered the lives of about 40 mathematicians, from ancient times to the beginning of the 20th century. The book inspired many boys to become mathematicians. However, it seems unlikely it inspired many girls …” (more)

[Peter Lynch, Irish Times, 16 May]

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Female authors listed on just 30% of recent UK academic research

Posted in Research on May 15th, 2019 by steve

“Women are listed as authors of just 30% of academic research from British universities, according to a major new ranking of higher education institutions. Although the number of women named as authors is gradually increasing, the slow pace was described by one expert as ‘disheartening’ …” (more)

[Dalmeet Singh Chawla, Guardian, 15 May]

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The death of the literature review and the rise of the dynamic knowledge map

Posted in Research on May 14th, 2019 by steve

“Almost every academic article starts with a literature review. However, although these short research summaries can be beneficial, as discussed in previous posts on the LSE Impact Blog, they also introduce opportunities for unverifiable misrepresentation and self-aggrandizement. In this post Gorgi Krlev proposes that short of abolishing them, or aiming for complete standardization of literature reviews, researchers in the social sciences and humanities should instead develop dynamic knowledge maps that can visually display the relationship between new research and the existing literature …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 14 May]

‘Academe’s Extinction Event’

Posted in Research on May 11th, 2019 by steve

“All at once it hit me: a shudder. I’d been doing fine all day – merrily, even. Fresh off the bus to downtown Chicago, eased by a steady titration since breakfast of Maker’s Mark, I’d fairly danced down Wacker Drive, rolling suitcase in tow. I had this …” (more)

[Andrew Kay, Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 May]

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850 research jobs to be supported with investment in science research

Posted in Research on May 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Investment of almost half a billion euro in cutting-edge science research is set to support the work of up to 850 researchers over the coming years. The Government announced on Thursday that it will invest €230 million in six Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centres …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 May]

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The New ‘University Journals’ in the Marketplace

Posted in Research on May 6th, 2019 by steve

International“A new initiative called ‘University Journals’ has just been announced. The quotation marks I have put around the name are not scare quotes but simply a way to make it clear that we are talking about a specific service and not generic university journals …” (more)

[Joseph Esposito, The Scholarly Kitchen, 6 May]

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100 research roles for Tyndall in ‘disruptive tech’

Posted in Research on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Up to 100 new research posts will be created at Tyndall National Institute in Cork as part of a €20m investment into so-called ‘disruptive technologies’. Tyndall said recent successes in securing multi-million euro funding from EU programmes and international industry had allowed it to create the research positions …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare, Irish Examiner, 1 May]

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The Great Science Publishing Scandal

Posted in Research on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There was a programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4 yesterday called The Great Science Publishing Scandal. It is now available on the interwebs here, which is how I listened to it this morning …” (more)

[In the Dark, 1 May]

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‘Academic vandalism’ – unique archive of the Troubles under threat

Posted in Research on April 30th, 2019 by steve

“Scholars voice outrage at Ulster University’s plans to confine ‘impartial’ records of conflict to history. It is one of the most important sources of information about the Troubles in Northern Ireland, a historical memory bank of data, stories and images used by scholars around the world. The Conflict Archive on the Internet (Cain) website, based in Derry, has taken two decades to build up an unrivalled encyclopaedic digital record of the conflict …” (more)

[Rory Carroll, Guardian, 30 April]


Thoughts on Motivation

Posted in Research on April 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“When I was a youngster I devoured popular science books. I watched the BBC science programme, Horizon, religiously, and Carl Sagan’s Cosmos was the highlight of the TV week for me. I was a bit of nerd. But as worked my through the education system and tried to find a happy medium between fascination and employability, I ended up studying chemical engineering …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 29 April]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor gives closing address at conference on Mental Health in Higher Education

Posted in Research on April 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today (25th April 2019) gave the closing address at a conference on Mental Health in Higher Education – Personal Wellbeing for Professional Development …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 25 April]

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21 Dos and Don’ts for Journal Writers and Reviewers

Posted in Research on April 25th, 2019 by steve

“We don’t like to think of ourselves as old, but – submitting our first publication in graduate school entailed making five photocopies of the manuscript, printing and hand-signing a cover letter on campus letterhead, sealing both into a large manila envelope, and dropping it into a mailbox. The world of academic publishing is far different today …” (more)

[Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan and Wendy Troop-Gordon, Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 April]

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An Elsevier Pivot to Open Access

Posted in Research on April 24th, 2019 by steve

“In a move that could signal the beginning of a significant shift for its business model, publisher Elsevier has agreed to its first ‘read-and-publish’ deal with a national consortium of universities and research institutions in Norway. Rather than paying separately to access content behind paywalls and make selected individual articles immediately available to the public, the Norwegian consortium has signed a deal that rolls the two costs into one …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 24 April]

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In Norway, New Model for Elsevier Agreement

Posted in Research on April 23rd, 2019 by steve

“Elsevier is expected today to announce a deal with Norway’s universities under which all the research they publish will be freely available to all, The Financial Times reported. Under the deal the consortium of Norwegian universities will pay Elsevier for the articles their faculty members publish …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 23 April]

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Self-organising peer review for preprints – A future paradigm for scholarly publishing

Posted in Research on April 17th, 2019 by steve

International“Preprints – rapidly published non peer reviewed research articles – are becoming an increasingly common fixture in scholarly communication. However, without being peer reviewed they serve a limited function, as they are often not recognised as high quality research publications. In this post Wang LingFeng discusses how the development of preprint servers as self-organising peer review platforms could be the future of scholarly publication …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 17 April]

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IUA welcomes Government announcement of €12m IRC investment in curiosity driven basic research

Posted in Research on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) welcomes the announcement today by Ministers Joe McHugh and John Halligan of €12 million investment by the Irish Research Council in ground-breaking, basic research projects. Twelve researchers will each receive a maximum of €1 million funding under the Irish Research Council’s Advanced Laureate Awards to conduct leading-edge research over four years …” (more)

[IUA, 11 April]

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