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Assessing journal quality – alternatives to JCR | Research Support ...

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Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is the definitive source for journal impact factors, probably the most widely recognised quality indicators for journals. But what do you do if your subject area is not well covered by JCR or you ...
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Library Intelligencer » New ORCID-integrated data citation tool

http://odin-project.eu/2013/05/13/new-orcid-integrated-data-citation-tool/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-orcid-integrated-data-citation-tool. We are pleased to announce the beta launch of a new ...
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Research impact beyond metrics

Traditional metrics, such as the h-index and journal impact factors, are used to measure the scholarly impact of research. However, in the current climate of ac

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Scholarship: Beyond the paper; The journal and article are being superseded by algorithms that filter, rate and disseminate scholarship as it happens

Scholarship: Beyond the paper; The journal and article are being superseded by algorithms that filter, rate and disseminate scholarship as it happens | Bibliometrics & impact | Scoop.it

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"We are witnessing the transition to yet another scholarly communication system — one that will harness the technology of the Web to vastly improve dissemination. What the journal did for a single, formal product (the article), the Web is doing for the entire breadth of scholarly output. The article was an attempt to freeze and mount some part of the scholarly process for display. The Web opens the workshop windows to disseminate scholarship as it happens, erasing the artificial distinction between process and product. Over the next ten years, the view through these open windows will inform powerful, online filters; these will distil communities' impact judgements algorithmically, replacing the peer-review and journal systems."

 

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NATURE | COMMENT

Scholarship: Beyond the paperJason Priem, Nature, 495, 437–440 (28 March 2013) doi:10.1038/495437a

 


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New SPARC Community Resource on Article-Level Metrics (SPARC2)

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By Greg Tananbaum Today, SPARC released a new community resource delving into Article-Level Metrics (ALMs) an emerging hot topic in the scholarly publishing arena.

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PLOS ONE: Citation Analysis May Severely Underestimate the Impact of Clinical Research as Compared to Basic Research

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Citation analysis has become an important tool for research performance assessment in the medical sciences. However, different areas of medical research may have considerably different citation practices, even within the same medical field. Because of this, it is unclear to what extent citation-based bibliometric indicators allow for valid comparisons between research units active in different areas of medical research.

 

Popular bibliometric indicators, such as the h-index and the impact factor, do not correct for differences in citation practices between medical fields. These indicators therefore cannot be used to make accurate between-field comparisons. More sophisticated bibliometric indicators do correct for field differences but still fail to take into account within-field heterogeneity in citation practices. As a consequence, the citation impact of clinical intervention research may be substantially underestimated in comparison with basic and diagnostic research.


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Niklaus Grunwald's curator insight, April 25, 2013 9:46 AM

This factor is even more importnat in other areas of biology.

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Impact of Social Sciences – Are 90% of academic papers really ...

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The uncited rate is also sensitive to other factors: how long a window is used to check for citations (e.g., 5 years); when the article whose cites are being counted was published (2000s or 1990s); and what counts as a ...
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ISNI | ISNI and ORCID

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Register for the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI), an ISO Standard for the Public Identities of parties: that is, the identities used publicly by parties involved throughout the media content industries in the creation, production,...
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Impact factors — RCUK provides a chance to act

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If I had more time, this post would be shorter. But it explains how we have an opportunity to get UK research councils to help break the corrosive dependence of

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Rachel H's curator insight, March 22, 2013 6:34 AM

Stephen Curry call to action

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Measuring Scholarly Impact: Altmetrics and Altmetric for Scopus ...

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Traditional scholarly metrics like Journal Impact Factors do not take into account scholars' impact in today's social media world. This is ... Our goal is to help researchers uncover and tell the full story of their research's impact.

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The Tyranny of Relevance and the Art of Translation; towards pathways of impact

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The ‘tyranny of relevance’ captures a widespread sense of concern among social and political scientists that their academic freedom and professional autonomy is under threat from a changing social context in which scholars are increasingly expected to demonstrate some form of social ‘relevance’, ‘impact’ or ‘engagement’ beyond academe. This article attempts to reframe the current debate by reflecting upon the history of the discipline and different forms of scholarship in order to craft an argument concerning the need for political scientists to rediscover ‘the art of translation’. This, in turn, facilitates a more sophisticated grasp of key concepts, emphasises the need for the discipline to engage with multiple publics in multiple ways, and suggests that engaging with non-academic audiences is likely to improve not simply the discipline's leverage in terms of funding, or scholarship in terms of quality, but also teaching in terms of energy and relevance. The simple argument of this article is not therefore that political science has become irrelevant, but that it has generally failed to promote and communicate the social value and benefit of the discipline in an accessible manner. Resolving this situation is likely to demand a little political imagination.

 

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The argument is not that academics should become public intellectuals, but rather more akin to specific or critical intellectuals in the sense of bringing new perspectives, expertise or insights to bear on contemporary debates. The notion of critical intellectuals injects a very clear normative or political dimension which grates against the view of many critics that the current emphasis on relevance represents little more than the (tyrannical) imposition of a shallow market-based and instrumental logic that should be resisted – resisted on the basis that the need to be viewed as ‘engaged’, ‘relevant’ or having some form of demonstrable ‘impact’ risks sterilising the study of politics and silencing critical voices.A different ‘road to relevance’ might interpret the changing context not as a threat but as an opportunity to showcase exactly why the study of politics matters, to forge a deeper and more reflective model of scholarship, to redefine the boundaries of the discipline and to increase the leverage position of the discipline vis-à-vis external research funders."

 

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The Tyranny of Relevance and the Art of TranslationMatthew Flinders

Article first published online: 16 APR 2013

DOI: 10.1111/1478-9302.12011

Political Studies Review

Volume 11, Issue 2, pages 149–167, May 2013


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Rachel H's curator insight, May 3, 2013 10:41 AM

Bit intellectual for me, but makes good points

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Handicapping Impact Factors

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I found myself looking at the impact factors for Frontiers and PLoS and surprised again at how consistently high they are. And then comparing them to similar well-established journals with good rep...

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Rachel H's curator insight, May 3, 2013 11:05 AM

A less serious look at impact factors