The end of how business takes over, again

Posted in Research on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

International“ used to be a refreshing and very useful platform for academics and students all over the world. That has ended with introducing the ‘paid search’. When was launched, it was a welcome change in the academic publishing world …” (more)

[Ico Maly, diggit magazine, 26 April]

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Socializing Academia

Posted in Research on December 15th, 2016 by steve

International“Maybe you have joined 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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Algorithmic accountability in scholarship: what we can learn from #DeleteAcademiaEdu

Posted in Research on April 25th, 2016 by steve

UK“The controversy surrounding 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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Should you #DeleteAcademiaEdu? On the role of commercial services in scholarly communication

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2016 by steve

UK“Reflecting on the recent surge of criticism about the commercial motives of scholarly social media platform, Paolo Mangiafico argues this is now an ideal opportunity for scholars to make informed choices about their work. If you are comfortable with the trade-offs and risks, and willing to exchange those for the service provided, then don’t #DeleteAcademiaEdu. But consider whether alternatives exist that will meet your needs while also preserving your ability to keep control of your work …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 1 February]

Tags: crowdsources speedy peer review solution

Posted in Research on November 6th, 2015 by steve

UK“An academic social network is aiming to transform the peer review process using crowdsourcing. has launched a service called PaperRank, which gives each article on the site a score based on how many recommendations it has received from other researchers …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 5 November]

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Social network overload ‘wastes academics’ time’

Posted in Research on October 13th, 2015 by steve

UK“To some, everyday life feels like a never-ending battle to keep abreast of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and a host of other social networks. But academics arguably have it even harder. In addition to these networks, there are a potentially overwhelming number of digital academic communities, such as, and Google Scholar …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 12 October]

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Citation Boost or Bad Data? Research Under Scrutiny

Posted in Research on May 18th, 2015 by steve

International“If a free website claimed that you could double citations to your papers simply by uploading them to their file sharing network, would you believe it? This claim, and the paper supporting it, is displayed prominently on the website …” (more)

[Phil Davis, The Scholarly Kitchen, 18 May]

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Things (@academia) should do (hint: work with green OA)

Posted in Research on September 5th, 2014 by steve

“ is a ‘social network’ for academics. Their latest design mirrors Facebook with its blue header and notification schema …” (more)

[Dr Martin Paul Eve, 5 September]

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The End of an Era for and Other Academic Networks?

Posted in Legal issues on December 11th, 2013 by steve

“The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Elsevier has issued a sweeping series of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take down notices regarding Elsevier-published content to …” (more)

[Michael Clarke, The Scholarly Kitchen, 11 December]

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Posting Your Latest Article? You Might Have to Take It Down

Posted in Research on December 7th, 2013 by steve

“Guy Leonard received an unpleasant surprise in his inbox early this morning: a notice from saying it had taken down a copy of an article of his that he’d posted on the research-sharing platform. The reason? A takedown request from Elsevier, which publishes the journal in which the paper had appeared …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 6 December]

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Who’s Reading Your Research? adds Analytics Dashboard So Scholars Can See

Posted in Research on August 15th, 2012 by steve

“, a social network for scholars, is unveiling a new feature today that its founder Richard Price hopes will help address part of the ‘credit gap’ for research …” (more)

[Audrey Watters, Inside Higher Ed, 15 August]

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Social Networks for Academics Proliferate, Despite Some Scholars’ Doubts

Posted in Research on April 29th, 2012 by steve

“… Then a colleague introduced him to, one of a growing number of networking sites designed specifically for scholars. ‘Friends told me that it’s basically Facebook for nerds, which I’m very happy with’, says Mr Geltner, a professor of medieval history …” (more)

[Katherine Mangan, Chronicle of Higher Education, 29 April]

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