Scrutiny of scholarly publications and research data has traditionally been undertaken through peer review and proprietary bibliometrics. But should article level metrics alone be used to evaluate the impact of research? Increasingly practitioners are turning to social networks such as blogs, Twitter and Mendeley to assess the scholarly impact of published works.
NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, a non-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently held a webinar to discuss the opportunities (and challenges) of alternative metrics, from issues in collecting data to interesting results of data analysis.
Simon Marginson reported in The Australian this week, "We're fighting above our weight when it comes to uni ranking". The article examines how Australian Universities compare within the global rankings.
Visit The Australian, 18th July Higher Education Supplement to read this article.
David Glance, Director of the Centre for Software Practices at University of Western Australia wrote in The Conversation on the 8th July 2012, a thought provoking article on the long tail of academic publishing. The main point being, that the high publication rates of a few high achieving academics is generally matched by the many academics with modest outputs and that universities should not overlook this fact.
David Glance stated:
As a consequence of government funding approaches and global university ranking schemes, universities have been encouraged to look at the quantity of overall output from their institutions. This has caused some universities to focus on the "short head" part of the distribution, imagining how good it would be to expand that section by having every academic be a "hit" and move into the head of the distribution.
Visit The Conversation to read this article - The long tail of academic publishing and why it isn't a bad thing.
In early June, the Repositories Support Project (RSP) held an interesting and well-received event on "Scholarly Communications: New Developments in Open Access." The event was attended by librarians, repositories specialists, research officers and copyright consultants. Presentations were held on open access, social media, data citation, and research networking.
You can view the presentations by
downloading Powerpoints, or watching YouTube videos of the
Future events include webinars on "Repositories: management, policies and best practices" and "Bibliometrics: A way of demonstrating the importance of institutional research".
RSP is a JISC-funded initiative to build "repository capacity, knowledge and skills within UK higher education institutions. The project aim is to "progress the vision of a deployed network of interoperable repositories for academic papers, learning materials and research data across the UK."