Unis want research shared widely. So why don’t they properly back academics to do it?

Posted in Research on January 11th, 2021 by steve

International“Academics are increasingly expected to share their research widely beyond academia. However, our recent study of academics in Australia and Japan suggests Australian universities are still very much focused on supporting the production of scholarly outputs. They offer relatively limited support for researchers’ efforts to engage with the many non-academics who can benefit from our research …” (more)

[Margaret Kristin Merga and Shannon Mason, The Conversation, 10 January]


Coronavirus is a Wakeup Call for Academic Conferences. Here’s Why.

Posted in Research on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“The current international health crisis surrounding coronavirus is wreaking havoc across the globe and is now also having a major impact on the scholarly ecosystem. Academic conferences are being hardest hit as event after event is cancelled to reduce the risk of the virus spreading further. These cancellations are resulting in turmoil for many would-be attendees who have often spent months preparing for events and not only lose out on time and money, but also on the opportunity to discover and share valuable early-stage research …” (more)

[Sami Benchekroun and Michelle Kuepper, The Scholarly Kitchen, 25 March]

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Tweets on academic papers ‘mechanical and devoid of original thought’

Posted in Research on September 8th, 2017 by steve

“Much of the activity about academic journal articles posted on Twitter is ‘mechanical and devoid of original thought’, according to a new study that calls into question the value of some alternative metrics used to evaluate research. The authors of the study, which analysed 8,000 tweets about 4,000 research papers in the field of dentistry, say that ‘simplistic and naïve’ use of social media data risks damaging science …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 2 September]

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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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The case against the journal article: The age of publisher authority is going, going, gone – and we’ll be just fine

Posted in Research on July 14th, 2015 by steve

UK“Heidi Laine evaluates the often unsubstantiated claim that the journal article is central to the research communication process. Is a formal article really such a law of nature? She argues that the journal article (at least as we know it) will become a thing of the past. It will soon be replaced by article-style narrative reports, blogs, wikis, video and audio recordings, conference papers and presentations …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 14 July]

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Researchers: it’s time to ditch the PDF

Posted in Research on February 11th, 2015 by steve

UK“The PDF is the digital equivalent to the desk drawer – a place where scientific results are hard to find and easily forgotten. And yet the PDF is still the default way for scholarly publishers to disseminate research on the web …” (more)

[Ijad Madisch, Guardian, 11 February]

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This time it’s personal: academics try improv

Posted in Research on March 13th, 2014 by steve

“Inspired by actor Alan Alda’s success with US scientists, a UCD workshop helps researchers find new ways to talk about their work …” (more)

[Claire O’Connell, Irish Times, 13 March]

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Open access advocates can do more to help people find, read, understand and critique original research outputs

Posted in Research on August 28th, 2013 by steve

“As we begin to open up more scientific research to the public it is worth considering the risks involved when complicated, highly technical content is available but misinterpreted …” (more)

[Ellen Collins, Impact of Social Sciences, 28 August]

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Clinicians ‘need more access to research’

Posted in Research on August 27th, 2013 by steve

“Science failing to communicate, conference told. It took 20 years for research aimed at preventing cot deaths to be put into practice, and the volume of medical research now being published could make such delays even greater …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Using Google Hangouts for Higher Education blogs and workshops

Posted in Research on January 31st, 2013 by steve

“… Google+ and its video chat service Google Hangouts offer enormous potential for academics and researchers to connect and collaborate, writes Amy Mollett as she shares some of the ways that LSE Review of Books plans to use this new social platform …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 31 January]

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Where are university websites hiding all their research?

Posted in Research on January 10th, 2013 by steve

“Research is fundamental to a university’s reputation, ranking and – with the introduction of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) – future funding, but are UK universities really doing enough to promote and inform the public of the research they do? …” (more)

[Claire Shaw, Guardian, 10 January]

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Use video not journals to disseminate research

Posted in Research on July 2nd, 2012 by steve

“One of the main objectives of academic research is to have an impact on society and its development. But as much of this research is published in specialised international academic journals, it is read by only a limited number of people. Consequently, its impact and reach are very limited …” (more)

[Joonas Rokka, FT.com, 2 July]