Monthly Archives: November 2011

Impact factor: outdated artefact or stepping stone to journal certification?

From the journal Scientometrics, Jerome K Vanclay discusses weaknesses of the impact factor, ways to amend some of these issues, and reveals “indications that the scientific community seeks and needs better certification of journal procedures to improve the quality of … Continue reading

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Statistics Canada to make all online data free

Embassy is reporting that Statscan will make all its “online products, including the census, socioeconomic and geographic data” free to the public starting February 2012.  Click here to see report.

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Scholarly Communication, Social Media and “Altmetrics”

Interesting blog post in LSE-Impact of Social Sciences on academics’ use of social media and understanding these sources to inform “altmetrics” (alternative metrics of impact).

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Book Citation Index- Trial

Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge (who also produce Web of Science & Journal Citation Reports) has produced Book Citation Index. Carleton University has trial access to this product until November 30, 2011. From Thomson Reuters: “What does access to the … Continue reading

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Journal Transitions to Open Access

Two readings to consider: First, from LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of European Research Libraries, this paper investigates “the drivers, costs and benefits of potential ways to increase access to scholarly journals…including gold & green open access, moves towards national licensing, … Continue reading

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Trends in Scholarly Communication & Knowledge Dissemination in the Age of Online Social Media

From Dalhousie University, “this report is part of the Social Media Lab’s continuing efforts to examine how online social media and online social networks are changing the ways scholars disseminate knowledge and information”.

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How should funding agencies pay open-access fees?

From the blog “Occasional Pamphlet on Scholarly Communications“, the author muses on “how best to organize a funding agency’s open-access underwriting system”.

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