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Using JURN to find open access journals in arts and humanities

Using JURN to find open access journals in arts and humanities | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

If you are looking for unrestricted scientific material, for example in the form of free editions of journals, the Internet is the place to look. Open Access enjoys the full benefits of the web, and I can venture to say that without the Internet there would be no open access. The Internet however is full of junk, and it is hard to navigate through it if you do not have the know-how. Thankfully, there are numerous specialized tools and repositories that allow you to quickly and easily locate any content.


One of these tools is JURN – an Internet search engine, designed to identify scientific journals. JURN focuses on the arts and humanities, so if you are looking for materials in these fields of research, it can be very useful. (...) - by Kamil Mizera, on OpenScience, October 8, 2013

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JURN is a unique search-engine dedicated to indexing free ‘open access’ ejournals in the arts and humanities, along with other relevant arts and scholarly publications offering free content.

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An interesting open access search-engine dedicated to humanities and arts

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Visual Pubmed

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Visual Pubmed. Scientic literature search revisited, Medline, Citations, Impact Factor

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By Raul Catena: "It really changes the way you can explore scientific publications in the Biomedicine field"

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Repository Highlight: figshare and the crucial service of generalist repositories

Repository Highlight: figshare and the crucial service of generalist repositories | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

Scientific Data works with over 60 public data repositories and helps authors find the best place to store their data. We require authors to store their data in community-recognized data-type-specific repositories when they exist. But for many data-types, specific repositories do not exist. In these cases, broad repositories, such as figshare, that can host a wide range of data-types provide a crucial service to the scientific community. (...) - by Andrew Hufton, Nature, March 8 2015

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Share datasets in repositories provide to researchers a way for more transparency about their data used in published (or future) articles. This improves #reproducibility in scientific #research, which represent now a critical issue in research field. Repositories offers mainly DOIs in order to secure the datasets. #openresearch

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labfolder upgrade and new features

labfolder upgrade and new features | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

As part of the latest labfolder upgrade, the electronic lab notebook now comes with a new design and research tools to improve workflow management processes. (...) - by Simon Bungers, labfolder blog, January 15th, 2015

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The free digital notebook to organize research (protocol and data management, collaborative features...) has release a new version this year. They greatly improve user experience and design by improving the research workflow: the sidebar goes to a top navigation bar; the interface has now a facebook-like timeline called "Research Chronology", and new entry titles bring a nice overview on files and projects shared. 
Other features have been added: a filter-function inside the notebook, tags on research files, customs dates, and a useful to-do list. 

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CrossRef and DataCite announce new initiative to accelerate the adoption of DOIs for data publication and citation

DataCite and CrossRef have agreed to collaborate to:

- Enhance the interoperability of their respective systems in order to make it easier for publishers, data centres, libraries and third parties to integrate with the scholarly DOI ecosystem.

- Provide comprehensive support for interlinking between articles and data.

- Develop open APIs and open source tools to surface citations and other relationships between publications and data sets. 

- Integrate into their services other existing scholarly communications initiatives such as ORCID and CrossRef’s FundRef.

- Develop systems, workflows and best practices for using DOIs to reference large, highly granular and dynamic data. 

(10 November 2014, Oxford, UK)

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With the huge increase of data in scientific research (+30% every year), the data management becomes now a critical issue and implies also more links of publications to their data. Moreover the community of researchers is going more and more in the open research process to open data and thus improve their reuse (reproducibility), citations, and sharing. 


In this area, DataCite and CrossRef manage around 75 millions DOIs that identify research objects. In order to accelerate their growth with the adoption of DOIs for data publication and citation, they decide to collaborate and improve their interoperability. Other platforms for researchers integrate DOIs:  for data management like Figshare (1 millions) and for scientific blogging like The Winnover.

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The "Paper" of the Future | Authorea

A variety of research on human cognition demonstrates that humans learn and communicate best when more than one processing system (e.g. visual, auditory, touch) is used. And, related research also shows that, no matter how technical the material, most humans also retain and process information best when they can put a narrative "story" to it. So, when considering the future of scholarly communication, we should be careful not to do blithely away with the linear narrative format that articles and books have followed for centuries: instead, we should enrich it. (...) - by Alyssa Goodman et al., Authorea

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Research articles exclusively published on paper has been progressively replaced in a main part by pdf files and online readings. This paper written on the collaborative platform for scientific articles writing, Authorea, deals about the new generation of articles in scientific research related to a "article 3.0" integrating all forms of graphics, tables,videos, collaborative post-publication #review, annotations, meta-data, ... 

You will also find a useful table comparing the different online platforms that provide collaborative writing opportunities. 

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Arkivum and figshare announce partnership

Arkivum and figshare announce partnership | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

Arkivum and figshare have joined forces to provide a solution covering the full spectrum of funder-mandated research data requirements.

 

Arkivum, the provider of large scale, long term, and ultra-safe digital archiving solutions and figshare, the research data management platform that specialises in ‘active data’, have announced a partnership to provide a solution covering the full spectrum of funder-mandated research data requirements for UK academic institutions. (...) - arkivum blog, 9 September 2014

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Figshare manage to offer more safe and long-term digital archiving solution by establishing a partnership with the UK company Arkivum .

 

Image courtesy of renjith krishnan (FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

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New improvement for Figshare, the collaborative data management platform: partnership 

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Digital Science invests in WriteLaTeX

Digital Science invests in WriteLaTeX | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

We're delighted to announce that WriteLaTeX has secured investment from Digital Science to support the continued development of our collaborative science platform, Overleaf.

If you've not yet tried it, Overleaf is our easy-to-use WYSIWYG manuscript editor with real-time collaboration that produces structured, fully typeset output automatically as you type. It’s a great way to start developing your scientific manuscript, especially one with multiple authors/contributors.  (...) - writeLaTeX Blog, July 23, 2014

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After buying Labguru (research management platform) and figshare, the british Digital Science company (a division of Macmillan Science & Education) is now continuing its growth by investing in WriteLaTeX. 

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PubMed Update: Social Media Icons Added

PubMed Update: Social Media Icons Added | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

The PubMed Abstracts now display social media icons for Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. - NLM Technical Bulletin. 2014 Jul–Aug

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PubMed is one of biggest citations databases for biomedical literature with more than 22 million citations from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. You have now the opportunity to directly share abstracts to social media (#facebook, #twitter, #google+) from PubMed.
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Zotero awarded to improve several new features

Zotero awarded to improve several new features | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

Zotero has been recently awarded by two foundations to develop and asses new functionality in collaboration with several universities.

 

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has funded a two-year collaboration between Penn State and George Mason University to develop and assess new Zotero functionality. At first, RSS and Atom feeds that enable users to follow scholarly journals and easily collect publications by simply dragging them to their Zotero libraries. Moreover Zotero will turn into a institutional repository (IR) for at the beginning Pen State university students and staff to deposit self-authored works directly into the IR from Zotero. A pluggable architecture will then be also developed to enable other IR to establish similar connections with Zotero. Like an iFTT for Zotero, a push-based API and a standalone service that connects Zotero to other third-party web applications.


The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has funded Zotero and two other universities to develop a preliminary API that returns anonymous readership counts when fed universal identifiers (e.g. ISBN, DOI), enabling bibliometric research and integration into third-party apps. The research will help to improve our understanding of social media’s value in scholarly communication and the actual meaning of various altmetric scoring systems.

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How to get indexed by Google Scholar?

How to get indexed by Google Scholar? | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

Google Scholar is an 'invitation based search engine’, which means it index content cited by articles already indexed are included in the database. (...) - Blog Open Science, April 11, 2014

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Researchers are using different ways to find scientific articles for their work : free field-centered search engines (i.e. PubMed for life science) or services with subscriptions (like EBSCO, ProQuest, ...). Google Scholar is one of the most worlwide used. To be easily founded, researchers have to correctly indexed their articles. #research #science2dot0 #scientificpublications

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Altmetric begin tracking mentions of articles on Sina Weibo

Altmetric begin tracking mentions of articles on Sina Weibo | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

We would like to announce that Altmetric have begun tracking mentions of academic articles on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo, and the data will shortly be fully integrated into existing Altmetric tools.(...) - 

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Mobile Apps Conquering Research Labs

Mobile Apps Conquering Research Labs | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

Labfolder releases mobile apps which complement its digital laboratory notebook. Mobile apps have an increasing impact on research by substituting for the common paper laboratory notebooks. Digitization of scientific data opens up new horizons for data processing and have an immense effect on the efficiency of laboratory research. - Labfolder, February 2014

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The Berlin-based labfolder GmbH releases its free mobile app which allows scientists to use their iPhones, smartphones,  tablets and iPads as digital lab notebooks. The scientist­‐entrepreneurs from
Berlin complement their web application by native apps for mobile devices operating under Android and iOS. Notes, photos, annotations and sketches recorded with the labfolder mobile app are seamlessly transferred into the digital lab notebook. Likewise, notes, descriptions
of experiments and results can be retrieved at all places in the laboratory and outside. Unlike most generic apps, labfolder follows the
guidelines for good scientific practice: All entries are provided with a
timestamp and a full audit trail.

In spite of the growing impact of mobile apps on personal life, many industries still struggle to implement the benefits of mobile devices into their work environments. Research institutes, universities and research driven companies need to catch up ­‐ impressively shown by

the fact that in most laboratories, paper notebooks are still being used for documentation and archiving of scientific results.

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Link your figshare and ImpactStory accounts

Link your figshare and ImpactStory accounts | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

We’re big fans of figshare at ImpactStory: it’s one of a growing number of great ways to get research data into the open, where others can build on it.

So we’re excited today to announce figshare account integration in ImpactStory! All you have to do is paste in a figshare account URL; then, in the background, we gather your figshare datasets and report their views, downloads, tweets, and more.

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Digital research tools provides nice help in the workday of researchers. But a great improvement is obtained by linking tools  features  to optimize our time. figshare and ImpactStory are going in this way by linking your accounts. You have then an access to precise statistics on your figshare datasets! 

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Data visualization: Science on the map

Data visualization: Science on the map | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

Easy-to-use mapping tools give researchers the power to create beautiful visualizations of geographic data. (...) - Nature, by Mark Zastrow, 04 March 2015

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Data visualization is a critical issue in science and science communication. Several digital tools help researchers to create #dataviz for greographic datasets #scicom

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Programming: Pick up Python

Programming: Pick up Python | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

A powerful programming language with huge community support.

 

Last month, Adina Howe took up a post at Iowa State University in Ames. Officially, she is an assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering. But she works not in the greenhouse, but in front of a keyboard. Howe is a programmer, and a key part of her job is as a 'data professor' — developing curricula to teach the next generation of graduates about the mechanics and importance of scientific programming. (...) - by Jeffrey M. Perkel, Nature, 04 February 2015

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Researchers of every disciplines from biochemistry to humanities are using more and more coding to help them data analysis, data management, data gathering... These scientific programmers often choose now Python language for programming according to its accessibility to learn and the collaborative communities. They routinely use a small set of Python core and software packages according to their field or needs in their workflow:

 

- In modelisation: PyDSTool and simulationSimPy.

- In mathematic: with NumPy (mathematical arrays), SymPy (symbolic mathematics), APM Python, PyGTS (3D surfaces), sspy, mpmath, clnum, uncertainties, soerp

SciPy, FuncDesigner, OpenOpt, SpaceFuncs, !Nlopt, escript, PyIMSL (scientific algorithms library)

- In GIS, mapping, Image Processing and Analysis: Thuban, PySAL, Python Cartographic Library, OWSLib, GeoJSON, and Rtree, sDNA

- In #machinelearning with scikit-Learn, mlpy

- In bioinformatics with Biopython, PyCogent (COmparative GENomic Toolkit), track (read/write access to genomic tracks), PyChem, bx-python, p4 (phylogenetics), UCSF Chimera PyMol (3D molecular viewer)

- In psychology and neuroscience with PsychoPy and PyLink (eye tracking)

- In Space Science Astropy SunPy SpacePy

- In Physics with Astropy (Astronomy), QuTip (quantum mechanics), ObsPy (seismology)

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SciRev - Review the scientific peer-review process

SciRev - Review the scientific peer-review process | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

The SciRev platform offers to researchers the possibility to publish reviews about their experience with the peer-review process of specific journals. The following topics are discussed: the duration of the first review round, the total handling time, the number of reviewers, the quality of the reviews, personal experience with the journal, and an overall rating of the process. SciRev also allows you to compare several journal side by side.

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The peer-review processes of research articles is for a while now under the eyes of researchers to improve this critical process in their workflow. SciRev helps researchers to choose the right journals to publish in and also to improve the publishing system by the rating system. Combined with a platform like JournalGuide, the journal-rating platforms could become keypoint to identifying the journals that are ahead of the peer-review game. 

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Google Scholar pioneer on search engine’s future

Google Scholar pioneer on search engine’s future | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

As the search engine approaches its 10th birthday, Nature speaks to the co-creator of Google Scholar. (...) - Nature, by Richard Van Noorden, 07 November 2014

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From the idea of improving the ranking of scholarly documents to a powerful search engine dedicated to scholarly items (more than 100 million), Google Scholar succeed to reach almost 2/3 of scientists. Author profile pages and a recommendations engine have also been added since 2012 #research #researcharticles 

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Anonymous peer-review comments may spark legal battle

Anonymous peer-review comments may spark legal battle | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it
legal battle embroiling PubPeer, an online forum launched in October 2012 for anonymous, postpublication peer review
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PubPeer is an anonymous postpublication peer review platform launched in October 2012. PubPeer has recently entered in a legal battle linked to defamation about several comments that tends to insinuate deliberate misconduct in research. To answer the requests of the identity of the commenters, PubPeer has argued that researchers should defend their papers against online comments without resorting to legal action. PubPeer’s moderators has already remove some because in violation of their posting guidelines. The question remains about the reliability of anonymous postpublication peer review process for research papers. 





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How 'Google Science' could transform academic publishing (Wired UK)

How 'Google Science' could transform academic publishing (Wired UK) | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

Google is allegedly working on a free, open access platform for the research, collaboration and publishing of peer-reviewed scientific journals. (...) - by Liat Clark, Wired UK, 13 August 2014

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Google Science project is mostly build around all the Google tools already existing for editing, share and collaborate (Google docs, sheets, drive...). The community of researchers will self-managed and based and Google+. Journals would be able to be created by members themselves and peer-reviewed by scientists of the communities. Google analytics will be used as altmetrics of published articles.

Will it works with a platform based on "ten percent tools and technology, and 90 percent community? A Self-governing community of researchers would be able to generate an active life on the platform?

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Google might able to change this. Previously, we have Google Knol. 

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Startup of the Week: Figshare (Wired UK)

Startup of the Week: Figshare (Wired UK) | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

Figshare wants to open up scientific research and data to the world. The idea was first born in 2010 while founder Mark Hahnel was studying at Imperial College London, before a 2012 launch. He wanted to develop a way to share all kinds of datasets -- digital and otherwise -- in an easy-to-use, opensource way. At that point it was just to "allow scientists and researchers like me to get credit and recognition for all their work," says Hahnel. Two years on and the platform now has employees in the UK, US and Romania and serves hundreds of thousands of researchers a month, hosting more than 1.5 million files.  (...) - Wired UK, 25 July 2014

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Extracting data from plots, images, and maps with WebPlotDigitizer

Extracting data from plots, images, and maps with WebPlotDigitizer | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

It is hard to understand why in today’s all-interactive world, scientific data continues to be represented as still, lifeless images. Sadly, the good old pdf or html versions of research papers do not allow us to extract and reuse the data represented as graphics. While we wait for publishers to finally bring interactive figures to publications, and for data to be more open an easily accessible, a simple and reliable method to extract data from graph would be great. Lucky for us,WebPlotDigitizer does exactly that! (...) - Blog "Connected Researchers", June 12, 2014

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Will Digital Humanities #Disrupt the University?

Will Digital Humanities #Disrupt the University? | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

It’s no secret that the humanities—literature, history, philosophy, the foreign languages— are suffering from a precipitous plummet in higher education. But hark! Digital humanities are here to rescue the field—or maybe just kill it off for good. (...) - by Rebecca Schuman, Slate, April 16, 2014

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Digital humanists are using  digital tools for researchers and are more often practicing  open science. But is it good at least that they tend to become like computer scientists? 

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figshare is now working with IOP

figshare is now working with IOP | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it
Figshare and the Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing are joining up to help authors share their work. Figshare are currently working on a collaborative pilot to test new ways to help authors share figures and data from IOP’s journals more easily. The aim of the pilot is to assist authors further increase the visibility of their research and to help IOP explore solutions to questions surrounding open data using existing cloud-based technology. (...) - by Laura Wheeler, Digital Science, April 09, 2014
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Meeting the research data management challenge

Meeting the research data management challenge | Digital tools for researchers | Scoop.it

Jisc’s Rachel Bruce describes the changes required to ensure managing data is a high priority for research institutions

With the drive for open data and the expansion in terms of the size, variety and complexity of data that researchers and institutions are handling, the need to manage these datasets effectively has never been more pertinent. (...) - by Rachel Bruce, Research Information, 4 March, 2014

 

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Research has produced more data since two years than ever before. Therefore data management is now critical for scientists and moreover for those in front of big data issues.

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Thomson Reuters Elevates Web of Science as Its Next Generation Research Discovery Platform

Web of Science becomes the Thomson Reuters scientific search and discovery environment, with new and intuitive user interface, expanded content and open-web access for subscribers. (...) - GFII, 16 January 2014

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Web of Science platform from Thomas Reuters has been improved by open access to SciELo Citation index and Chinese Science Citation Database. New open access funtionnalty was also introduced.

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