Research Authors July 1st, 2015

Using figshare to enable data sharing

You are no doubt aware of the growing interest in increasing access to publicly funded research data. The value of data – broadly defined as digital outputs of research – is recognized by funders globally and in all disciplines. Opening access to the world’s research data offers huge potential to improve the transparency of research,…

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Research Authors June 30th, 2015

On being an editor

From time to time I am asked to specify my profession, for example on passport or visa applications. I might put down consultant, or university teacher but over the past few years I have realized that I am first and foremost an ‘editor.’  It is what I spend most of my time doing and increasingly…

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Societies Research Libraries June 29th, 2015

Imparting the new rules of publishing: a report from Abu Dhabi

Who says academic book publishing lacks glamor? I was invited to conduct a publishing workshop at New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus (NYUAD) in May. The trip was a whirlwind (60 hours on the ground), intense and educational. NYUAD is one of several global campuses that NYU has created as part of its Global Networked University…

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Authors June 25th, 2015

The twelve habits of highly productive writers

When someone’s doing a lot more than you, you notice it. It brings out your petty jealousy. And if you’re like me (occasionally petty and jealous), it might make you feel crappy about yourself. Which is, let’s face it, ridiculous. No one else’s achievements take anything away from yours, or mine. The fact that another…

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Research Authors June 24th, 2015

“Attention is not impact” and other challenges for altmetrics

The altmetrics manifesto, published in 2010 by Jason Priem and colleagues, argued for a new type of metric to capture the diversity of the contemporary scholarly system—making manifest both the heterogeneity of scholarly output and the impact of scholarship on science and society alike. As stated: “Altmetrics expand our view of what impact looks like,…

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Societies Research Libraries June 23rd, 2015

Make a (mission) statement

In October of last year, the United States heard of the academic scandal at the University of North Carolina where, over the course of 18 years, students received credit for African-American studies courses without having to show up for class, complete assignments or take any tests. What makes this incident particularly hard to swallow is…

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Libraries June 19th, 2015

On the front lines of research

As a young student, Caroline Kobusingye was planning a career in counseling. “My passion is to help people and I thought that was the best way to do it,” she says. Working in a university library during school vacations convinced her that library science is also an extremely valuable means of helping people achieve their…

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Authors June 18th, 2015

Reviewer right to reply: dealing with author rebuttals

The scenario is all too familiar. You patiently read through the paper, you make exhaustive notes, you write up a comprehensive review with point-by-point instructions explaining exactly how the manuscript is to be changed and then, lo and behold, the author has the audacity to disagree! Makes you wonder why you bother. The author, however,…

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Research June 17th, 2015

A day in the life of a Plant–omics Postdoc Researcher

Depending on whether the previous night was spent in the lab or not determines whether the day starts at 6:30 or 8:30 AM. On my way to lab, I’m checking email on my smartphone and responding to a few, including accepting journal requests for peer review, fielding requests from colleagues to share resources, and checking updates…

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Libraries June 16th, 2015

Engaging the skill set of the Millennials: a page from the librarian’s book

The Millennial Generation student consumes and interacts with information in a multiplicity of ways, at any time, in any location. Where Generation X took computer skills from study to employment, the Millennials have grown up with an array of devices – from game consoles, to computers, to smartphones, to e-readers, to tablets. They read, message,…

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