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Universities under Attack

Universities under Attack | AJCann | Scoop.it

"The lack of solidarity — or even collegiality — among academics is one of the most depressing aspects of the current crisis. One sees this acutely in the way it renders universities unable to combat the racketeering of journal publishers, for example. If all the serious universities in Britain and the US collectively decided that they would cancel journal subscriptions rather than submit to the price gouging currently practiced by publishers, then the entire cartel would collapse in a year. But the moment a university librarian so much as hints that s/he is minded to call the publishers’ bluff there will be angry calls from academics each concerned not about the importance of the issue for the community, but about their individual interests — citations, access to papers, etc."

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Metric perversion

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Reliance on metrics produces perverse effects, encouraging researchers to focus on a narrow range of issues and methodologies. This may be more justifiable in disciplines where there is little diversity, but it is "dangerously objective" in heterogeneous fields.

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Google Scholar Citations

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Last night I finally managed to break into Google Scholar Citations (Google is doing it's usual now you see it, now you don't roll out).
First impressions - pretty good. It need a little tidying up (a few papers that weren't mine - the format of Bioscience Education confuses it - and a few papers missing that needed to be added).
I've never seen all my citations in one place this this before so I broke them down into Virology papers (former life), Education papers (current existence) and Books, then did some quick stats...
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Manchester hiring: Naturejobs

"Despite austerity measures across Britain, the University of Manchester is creating more than 30 science faculty posts as part of a £20-million (US$31-million) recruitment campaign. It hopes to boost its performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) used to assess UK universities."

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't this backfire spectacularly when they did this for RAE2008?

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New ways with old numbers

"Cost-benefit analysis has its place. But the benefits of academic research can pop up in such unexpected ways, sometimes immediately and sometimes after centuries. We should not set too much store by any bureaucrat’s analysis of “academic impact".

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