Open Access Journal Articles – How Much Access Do Internet Users Actually Get?

June 20, 2014

Since widespread Internet access became available about twenty years ago, researchers have seen it as a simple and fast means of disseminating their work within their own communities, and beyond that to other research communities and to the public...Read more

Editorial Boards, Editors-in-Chief and Identity Theft – A Cautionary Tale

November 14, 2013

I was asked last week to help a member of the Massey academic staff who had found that she appeared on the website of a journal that she had never heard of, listed as its Editor-in-Chief. Closer examination revealed that another Massey academic was...Read more

Impact Factors, Eigenfactors, SNIPS and Other Partial Measures

October 4, 2013

Zombie bibliometrics There are three common misconceptions about journals and research evaluation that don’t seem to want to die, no matter how often angry mobs shoot at them with silver bullets or drive a stake through their hearts. Like many...Read more

The thing about Google Scholar

September 13, 2013

I’m a fan of Google Scholar, no doubt about it. From a practical point of view you can’t go past it as a tool for finding documents by subject and, much as I prize and value our databases, if you restrict your searching to the traditional...Read more

Reflections on the H-Index

September 6, 2013

You can tell that an idea has become really well-known when senior management hears about it, and a few years ago I began receiving phone calls from heads of department along the lines of “I’m carrying out staff evaluations and suddenly people...Read more

The Death of Bibliometrics? Truth, Numbers and Things

September 4, 2013

The sad business of the American Academic and Scholarly Research Journal has come to a rather unexpected end. The journal is no more, having disappeared from the web along with its associated Research Center, and all record of it has disappeared...Read more

Altmetrics – What’s that all about?

August 30, 2013

Users of Symplectic will probably have noticed a little Altmetrics button next to the count of their citations. It will probably look a bit like this – If you’re lucky and your work has created some Internet and social media activity then...Read more

Scopus, you’re unravelling

August 19, 2013

The first part of this posting originally appeared on Library Out Loud on Tuesday 13 August. The posting was substantially updated this morning but was then taken off the site – fortunately we are now able to reinstate it. Some minor changes...Read more

UK Survey of Academics 2012

June 20, 2013

The recently published UK Survey of Academics 2012 jointly commissioned by Jisc and Research Libraries UK makes for some interesting reading for librarians and academics alike. Here are some of the highlights from the Executive Summary –...Read more

eResearch and the Library – a Q and A

May 21, 2013

What is eResearch? Definitions of eResearch abound and it can be pretty difficult to see any strong distinction between eResearch, eScience and digital scholarship. They are all about applying modern computer and communications technologies to the...Read more

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