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Open Access and the Public Purse

Last year, we were introduced to a “Draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy,” put forward by NSERC and SSHRC to harmonize their requirements with the CIHR. Under this policy, all peer-reviewed journal articles based on research funded by these councils must be made available through Open Access (OA), free and online. Researchers could either publish in a journal that is OA or has OA options, or deposit the article in an OA repository within twelve months of publication. There is much to applaud here, particularly for those of us who have long supported OA as a means of making our work more widely available to international research communities that cannot afford increasingly high journal subscription fees or Canadians who are not physically within reach of a university library. (...) - Academic Matters, by Julia M. Wright, July 28th, 2014

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To Tenure or Not to Tenure?

To Tenure or Not to Tenure? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
What to expect when you’re asked to write an external letter of recommendation, or when you’re the subject of one.
. Every summer and fall, along with the many other rituals of faculty life, comes this task: evaluating academics who are up for tenure or promotion at other campuses. (...) - The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 10, 2014
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PhD Talk: 5 Ways to Use Social Media as a Professor or Graduate student

PhD Talk: 5 Ways to Use Social Media as a Professor or Graduate student | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter aren’t just platforms for over sharing personal information. Academics are also using these mediums to share informative content to students and colleagues, connect with other experts in their fields and strengthen their network and teaching techniques. Professors and graduate students can use these popular methods of communication to their advantage, and while the initial jump into the world of social media may be a bit daunting, here are five ways to make the transition much easier. (...) - by Stephanie Echeveste, PhD Talk, August 26, 2014

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Study finds impact of pre-tenure status on publication rates at Korean universities

Study finds impact of pre-tenure status on publication rates at Korean universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Early-stage researchers in South Korea are “significantly” more productive than those further on in their careers, a study has found, partly because the former are striving to gain tenured positions.

Those with up to 10 years’ experience in “hard” subjects such as science, engineering and medicine published an average of eight articles every three years in international journals, but this fell to less than seven when they reached the “established” career stage (11-25 years’ experience). (...) - By David Matthews for Times Higher Education

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Self-publishing an option for academics, but on periphery

Self-publishing an option for academics, but on periphery | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Self-published books are on the rise, to the dismay of onlookers who wonder what to expect from a sector where E. L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey – originally published as online fan fiction by a tiny Australian e-book company – appears to be the best of the lot. More than 391,000 self-published titles appeared in 2012, according to Bowker, the official ISBN-issuing agency for the U.S. The self-published titles appear to be selling. In 2012, a quarter of Amazon’s top 100 bestselling Kindle books had been self-published through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing service. And in 2013, readers in Britain bought 18 million self-published books, a 79 percent increase in market share compared to the year before. (...) - by Charlie Tyson, @insidehighered, July 17, 2014

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Uprooting researchers can drive them out of science

Uprooting researchers can drive them out of science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Making early-career scientists change institutions frequently is disruptive and — with modern technology — unnecessary, says Russell Garwood. (...) - Nature, 18 June 2014

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Male Professors Rarely Train Female Scientists

Male Professors Rarely Train Female Scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Where are the women in America’s greatest scientific laboratories?

 

A few years ago, Jason Sheltzer and Joan Smith were at a dinner party, chatting with a physics graduate student. When she offhandedly mentioned that she was the first female student her adviser had graduated in 20 years, they were appalled. “We thought that that was amazing,” Sheltzer told me. “Twenty years without a single woman!” (...) - by Jane Hu, Slate, 11 June , 2014

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Confessions of an academic in the developing world

Confessions of an academic in the developing world | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Far from western hubs of learning, we face fierce pressure to compete with our peers, often at the expense of research quality.

 

Here is a forewarning: you might not like me. Rest assured, I am not proud of myself either. Maybe you might end up liking me. I do not know for sure, since it is a habit of mine to question myself constantly.

I am incredibly lucky. I earned my PhD in a field of social science from a highly reputable American university. After I finished my degree, I willingly returned to my home country and after a few post-doctoral positions I found a permanent job in one of the freest, best-paid, and prestigious universities. (...) - The Guardian, 26 May 2014

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University staff frustrated by lack of jobs

University staff frustrated by lack of jobs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Guardian survey shows that university staff feel burdened by a heavy workload and lack of job opportunities.

 

University staff are frustrated by a lack of job opportunities, a Guardian survey has found.

Of more than 2,000 academics and administrative staff who responded to the survey about their working life, nearly two-thirds cite a lack of job opportunities as the biggest challenge to progressing in their careers.

More than half say that this single issue might make them leave their current institution. (...) - by Kim Thomas and Claire Shaw, The Guardian, 12 May 2014

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UK: Women in academia - Different views of success

The last 12 years has seen a plethora of writings on the experiences of women academics, describing how the challenges and barriers they face differ from their male counterparts. However, even earlier Nadya Aisenberg and Mona Harrington wrote in the 1988 study Women of Academe: Outsiders in the sacred grove about the difficulties women were overcoming to access the 'sacred grove' (academia) in the United States. (...)  - University World News, by Shima Barakat, 18 April 2014 Issue No:316

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Trouble in Haven: Resolving conflicts in academia

Trouble in Haven: Resolving conflicts in academia | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Sharing a laboratory with others is typically rewarding – peers in close quarters become a sounding post for new ideas and a support network for the highs and lows of research life. But you don’t choose your desk mates and things can go wrong. Regular Naturejobs contributor Shimi Rii recently experienced how small disagreements can escalate quickly. Finding the right way to deal with conflict is not easy but necessary in order to ensure a harmonious work environment. (...) - by Julie Gould, NatureJobs, 14 April 2014

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Publish or Perish: Is Publishing the Career it Once Was?

Publish or Perish: Is Publishing the Career it Once Was? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A sense of gloom hangs over academic publishing these days. As library budgets are cut, and the fear of OA mandates cutting profit margins clouds publishers’ sense of their place in the world, what is it like to be a publishing professional in this era of climate change? Like polar bears on a melting ice floe, will we soon be adrift in an inhospitable ocean? (...) - by Robert Harington, the scholarly kitchen, April 1st, 2014

 

 

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UK: Academic ideals are being crushed to suit private-sector style management

UK: Academic ideals are being crushed to suit private-sector style management | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

If universities continue to heed the call of corporatisation, the role of the academic – as we know it – will become extinct.

As an early-career lecturer in a post-1992 university, I often feel like a rare bird in an ornate cage struggling to maintain its dignity in a discount superstore filled with pets. This bird knows it could have been a proud representative of a noble lineage and chirrups dolefully as it ruffles its plumes, but the song is drowned out by the bustling sale of cheap, plastic imitation bird-objects around it. (...) - by Anonymous academic, The Guardian, 2 February 2014

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Essay on the art of peer reviewing and why it matters in academic careers

Essay on the art of peer reviewing and why it matters in academic careers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Last spring I had the good fortune to meet one of my cousins for dinner in Philadelphia. She is an economist trained and working within the Italian university system, but she was working in the U.S. at the time. Over dinner we did what any two academics from different continents are likely to do — we compared notes. Inevitably, our conversation turned to the academic publishing system. Her knowledge is far more international than mine, as she has published in the journals of a variety of languages, based in several different countries.(...) - by Nate Kreuter, @insidehighered, September 2014

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Should older academics be forced to retire?

Should older academics be forced to retire? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The post articulates the inter-generational resentment brewing inside our universities. It expresses sentiments I have heard often from my peers in their 30’s and 40’s in the tea rooms of academia. Rarely however, does this resentment find its way into the public sphere where it can be discussed and debated. (...) - The Thesis Whisperer, September 10, 2014

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Academics Anonymous: an open letter to university 'leaders'

Academics Anonymous: an open letter to university 'leaders' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Stop mistaking change for progress, and start trusting the people who work for you.

 

Dear leaders,

I address you as "leaders" because, for some reason (perhaps manager comes too close to rhyming with janitor for your liking), you've increasingly taken to styling yourselves in this way. How grand. How imposing. How spurious. (...) - by anonymous academic, The Guardian, 08 August, 2014

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What counts for academic productivity in research universities?

Publication in high status refereed journals has become a major criterion of academic success in the competitive environment of global higher education. Appearing in internationally circulated journals published in English is especially prestigious. Universities are engaged in a global arms race of publication; and academics are the shock troops of the struggle.

At stake is placement in the global university rankings, the allocation of budgets from governments, national prestige, the ability to attract the best students and professors and a preferred place in the pecking order of academe. (...) - University World News, by Philip G Altbach, 18 July 2014 Issue No:329

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Academy 'reform' is stifling Russian science

Academy 'reform' is stifling Russian science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Insufficient funding, more bureaucracy and an inefficient government funding system are sapping the life from Russian research, says Alexey Yablokov. (...) -- Nature, by Alexey Yblokov, 2 July 2014

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AAUP conference sessions focus on academic freedom in relation to social media

AAUP conference sessions focus on academic freedom in relation to social media | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

'Can I Tweet That?'

 

WASHINGTON -- From censored tweets to viral videos of professors’ partisan “rants,” numerous faculty members have found themselves in hot water over how they’ve used or been portrayed on social media in the past year. For faculty members at most colleges and universities, social media is a kind of “wild west” in which there are few – if any – articulated policies protecting professors’ right to tweet, post or otherwise share professional or personal thoughts (or to keep their thoughts private).(...) - by Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, June 13 2014

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Thoughts on “Positive Academic Leadership”

Thoughts on “Positive Academic Leadership” | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Most management books are completely useless in the context of higher education.  They’re written from a corporate perspective, so they assume things like the presence of carrots and sticks, the possibility of directed turnover, and considerable decision-making autonomy.  Within a parsimoniously-funded, tenure-based, unionized, public sector institution, things simply do not work like that. (...) - Blog Inside Higher Ed "Confessions of a Community College Dean", by Matt Reed, June 1, 2014

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What makes a university career a success or a failure?

What makes a university career a success or a failure? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A quiet revolution has been going on in the corridors of academia: nowadays, being a success may include having a life outside, says Jonathan Wolff.

A retiring US university president in the 1960s was asked how he had managed to remain so universally popular. He is said to have replied, "I make a point of never discussing sports with alumni, sex with students, or parking with faculty." (...) - by Jonathan Wolf, The Guadian, 20/05/2014

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Germany: the career challenges of a single academic track

Germany: the career challenges of a single academic track | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A recent petition seeking government support to establish more permanent jobs and to limit the number of short term contracts in science and technology positions in Germany has already gathered over 10,000 signatures. It was initiated on 7th March 2014 by a German scientist called Sebastian Raupach, who wrote a letter addressed to the vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, and to the country’s federal minister for education and research, Johanna Wanke. This petition reflects the growing unrest among scientists regarding the limited career path in Germany. - Euroscientist Webzine, May 7th, 2014

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Recruiting university staff takes a lot of academic time

Recruiting university staff takes a lot of academic time | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Hundreds of hours are spent on each appointment, says Jonathan Wolff. But does anyone know a better way?

A friend who worked in a bank told me that academics are prized customers for credit card companies. Our tastes tend to be more expansive and expensive than we can finance with our income, but our salaries are highly reliable and we are not the sort of people to walk away from debts. Furthermore, part of our pension comes in a lump sum, so on retirement we can wipe the by then king-size slate clean. (...) - by Jonathan Wolf, The Guardian, 15 April 2014

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So Much to Do, So Little Time

So Much to Do, So Little Time | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Research shows professors work long hours and spend much of day in meetings

Professors work long days, on weekends, on and off campus, and largely alone. Responsible for a growing number of administrative tasks, they also do research more on their own time than during the traditional work week. The biggest chunk of their time is spent teaching. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Colleen Flaherty, April 9, 2014

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Rachel Aviv: The Scientist Who Took on a Leading Herbicide Manufacturer

Rachel Aviv: The Scientist Who Took on a Leading Herbicide Manufacturer | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Tyrone Hayes, a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, has devoted the past fifteen years to studying the herbicide atrazine, which is applied to more than half the corn in the country. During that time scientists around the world have expanded on his findings, suggesting that the herbicide is associated with birth defects in humans as well as in animals. Company documents show that while Hayes was studying atrazine, Syngenta, the agribusiness firm which had originally asked him to conduct experiments on the herbicide, was studying him, as he had suspected for years. Syngenta’s notes reveal that the company’s employees struggled for years to make sense of him. (...) - The New Yorker, by Rachel Aviv, February 10, 2014

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