Twitter can help with scientific dissemination but its influence on citation impact is less clear

Posted in Research on January 11th, 2017 by steve

“Researchers have long been encouraged to use Twitter. But does researchers’ presence on Twitter influence citations to their papers? José Luis Ortega explored to what extent the participation of scholars on Twitter can influence the tweeting of their articles and found that although the relationship between tweets and citations is poor, actively participating on Twitter is a powerful way of promoting and disseminating academic outputs …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 11 January]

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A possible future for science publishing

Posted in Research on January 4th, 2017 by steve

“You just finished reading an article published two weeks ago on a preprint server (spoiler alert: traditional journals have decreased in popularity). After closing the article on your favourite paper manager, you receive the following message: …” (more)

[Ben Sutherland, In Between Manuscripts, 29 December]

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Socializing Academia

Posted in Research on December 15th, 2016 by steve

International“Maybe you have joined Academia.edu or ResearchGate in the past to find out what they’re all about. Maybe you haven’t, but you keep getting spammy invitations to join. (They can be nearly as persistent as LinkedIn when it comes to unwanted invitations.) Or maybe you were googling around and saw a paper that looked interesting, and landed on a site that told you to click here to ask the author for a copy …” (more)

[Barbara Fister, Inside Higher Ed, 14 December]

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Universities failing to make best use of Twitter, researchers say

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2016 by steve

USA“Universities are failing to make best use of Twitter and may promote ‘inaccurate’ depictions of themselves via the social network, a major study says. An analysis of the Twitter accounts of 2,411 US higher education providers found that they were largely used to broadcast information or to highlight positive aspects of their institution …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 13 September]

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Higher education shouldn’t be afraid of Snapchat

Posted in Teaching on September 9th, 2016 by steve

USA“A lot of people who work in higher education are afraid of Snapchat. If you ask a room full of professional and academic staff to raise their hands if they have been actively avoiding being on Snapchat due to fear, a lot of people will raise their hands …” (more)

[Eric Stoller, Inside Higher Ed, 8 September]

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Tweeting Your Way to Tenure

Posted in Life on September 8th, 2016 by steve

USA“American Sociological Association report suggests standards by which departments may consider social media activity and other public communications in tenure and promotion decisions …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 8 September]

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GMIT cheating probe puts focus on Facebook post

Posted in Legal issues on September 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“GMIT officials are relying on an alleged Facebook post as the basis of their investigation into the latest cheating scandal to rock the college. College Registrar Michael Hannon has pleaded with students to trawl their Facebook accounts for any evidence and to come forward ahead of a Disciplinary Committee meeting next week …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 2 September]

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Church leaders admit ‘unhealthy atmosphere’ at college amid gay dating app Grindr row

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Catholic Church hierarchy has admitted concerns about an ‘unhealthy atmosphere’ at the country’s main seminary amid claims trainee priests there are using the gay dating app Grindr …” (more)

[Sarah MacDonald, Independent, 25 August]

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Catholic Church hierarchy admits concerns over Maynooth seminary

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s Catholic Church hierarchy has admitted concerns about an ‘unhealthy atmosphere’ at the country’s main seminary amid claims trainee priests there are using the gay dating app Grindr. Church leaders have ordered a review on the ‘appropriate use of the internet and social media’ at the centuries-old St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Co Kildare, as well as an overhaul of its approach to whistleblowers …” (more)

[Independent, 24 August]

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Facebook in the Classroom?

Posted in Teaching on August 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“I don’t need a mirror at the back of my classroom to know that some students are checking Facebook (and other stuff) during class. I’m not a mind reader either, nor can I see the reflection of the Facebook screen in students’ eyes. So – while I have no proof that they are on Facebook, I just know that they are …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 17 August]

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Will LinkedIn Ever Replace the Traditional CV?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2016 by steve

USA“Recently I asked a colleague – someone I wanted to recommend for a consulting gig – to send me his CV. His response was, ‘So you want something different than my LinkedIn profile?’ Interesting question …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, 16 August]

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UK universities take increasing battle for students into virtual world

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2016 by steve

UK“In the past, a school pupil thinking of going to university would make a decision after attending an open day or two and a chat with a careers adviser. Today, though, a generation that uses smartphones to hook up is equally reliant on technology to connect with academia. Rather than the quality of its pastoral care, canteens and libraries, a student’s perception of a university is largely framed by how well it uses social media …” (more)

[Jamie Doward and Rebecca Ratcliffe, Guardian, 13 August]

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University uses Tinder in bid to lure students through Clearing

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 11th, 2016 by steve

UK“As students across the country prepare for A-level Results Day on August 18, one university has taken finding applicants to a whole new level, hoping to ‘match’ with would-be undergraduates on Tinder …” (more)

[Josie Gurney-Read, Telegraph, 11 August]

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TCD to investigate after professor criticises students’ answers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is to begin an inquiry after an associate professor’s comments criticising students’ exam answers appeared on his Facebook page …” (more)

[Nora-Ide McAuliffe, Irish Times, 18 May]

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Elsevier Acquires SSRN

Posted in Research on May 18th, 2016 by steve

International“Today, Elsevier is announcing that it has acquired SSRN, the preprint and publishing community that focuses on social sciences and law. I had a chance to speak yesterday with Gregg Gordon, president of SSRN, Jan Reichelt, co-founder of Mendeley, and Tom Reller, a senior Elsevier executive, about the acquisition …” (more)

[Roger Schonfeld, The Scholarly Kitchen, 17 May]

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Elsevier Acquires Social Science Repository SSRN

Posted in Research on May 17th, 2016 by steve

International“The publishing giant Elsevier has acquired the Social Science Research Network, an online open-access repository for research …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 17 May]

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Do academic social networks share academics’ interests?

Posted in Research on May 11th, 2016 by steve

UK“David Matthews examines the approach of ResearchGate, Academia.edu and Mendeley to profit, user data and open access publishing. In the mid-2000s, Facebook, Bebo and Myspace were neck and neck in a frenzied race to attract the most users to their fledgling social networks. A decade later, Bebo and Myspace were moribund while Facebook boasted more than 1.5 billion monthly active users …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 7 May]

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Algorithmic accountability in scholarship: what we can learn from #DeleteAcademiaEdu

Posted in Research on April 25th, 2016 by steve

UK“The controversy surrounding Academia.edu highlights the flaws and limitations of existing scholarly infrastructures. Jean-Christophe Plantin explores the intersection of algorithms, academic research and platforms for scholarly publications …” (more)

[LSE Media and Policy Project Blog, 25 April]

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Do academic social networks share academics’ interests?

Posted in Research on April 7th, 2016 by steve

UK“David Matthews examines the approach of ResearchGate, Academia.edu and Mendeley to profit, user data and open access publishing. In the mid-2000s, Facebook, Bebo and Myspace were neck and neck in a frenzied race to attract the most users to their fledgling social networks …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 7 April]

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The real epidemic at UCD? Lad-bashing

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The #UCD200 hashtag has become synonymous with victim feminism and lad-bashing in Ireland’s largest university. On 2 February, the College Tribune, one of two student newspapers at University College Dublin (UCD), published an article claiming that 200 male students had been sharing naked photos of their female colleagues and rating their attractiveness in a secret group …” (more)

[spiked, 7 March]

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