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Pre-search to Research: How One Library is Using Credo as 'Academic Google'

Niketha McKenzie branded Credo Online Reference Service as 'Academic Google' to help change the way students interacted with the library website, and to give them a process that made sense to them. The response was overwhelmingly positive. 'Students have been less frustrated during the process once Credo became our background research platform.' To them, Credo felt 'like Google, but on a more academic platform.' Professors also noticed a difference. They liked seeing that there was a process students would actually use, and a tool that improved their research assignments. After years of trying to persuade students of the shortcomings of open web resources like Wikipedia, they had a tool they could point to that gave students the same level of convenience, but with vetted and appropriate resources.
   
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Giving People What They Paid For

Many scholars are becoming aware of a change in the tide of public support for their work, reflected in proposed budget cuts for many federal science funding agencies, and are struggling to decipher the reason for this shift. Some researchers feel that political groups are targeting their work for its inconvenient truths, while others resort to thinking, 'If people only knew how important my work is.' Either or both of those views could be true, but researchers in the academic community have no one to blame but themselves for waning public enthusiasm and financial backing.
   
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The Evolution of the MLA International Bibliography

The MLA International Bibliography covers literature, language and linguistics, folklore, film, literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts, as well as the historical aspects of printing and publishing. Listings on rhetoric and composition and the history, theory and practice of teaching language and literature are also included. Citations in the MLA International Bibliography represent scholarly materials published in more than 70 languages and originating in over 100 countries. The MLA's multilingual subject specialists index more than 75,000 new documents each year; 40 percent are in languages other than English. The search interface is available in 30 languages.
   
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South Africa: How to Fix the Academic Peer Review System

Peer review has long been a holy cow in the academic publication process. The idea of peer review is to hold academics' feet to the proverbial fire, ensuring that we publish only work of reasonable quality. But in fact, what the global academy has been clinging to for more than a century is largely anonymous, off-the-record, pre-publication peer review. Every academic knows the frustration of trying to satisfy or rebut reviewers who contradict each other or who demand revisions that miss the point and dilute the results. The original intention and lifeblood of peer review - opening the doors of scholarly journals beyond the old boys' clubs - has been squeezed out by the forces of over-commitment, financial gain, careerism and raw jealousy.
   
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Bogus academic journals undermine science in SA

Predatory publishing, in which bogus journals publish academic research for a fee, threatens to undermine science in SA. This is the warning from academics at Stellenbosch University‚ who say Blade Nzimande's Department of Higher Education and Training has wasted up to R300m on research grants to scientists whose work ended up in sham journals. Between 2005 and 2014, more than a quarter of the research output at three universities ended up in bogus journals. They are Mangosuthu University of Technology in Durban; the University of Fort Hare in Alice; and Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha.
   
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