Blogs selected for Week August 10 to August 16, 2020 -



1. Unfunded research: Why academics do it and its unvalued contribution to the impact agenda

Author: Rosalind Edwards

Unfunded research takes time and money for already stretched academics. Yet it makes up over a quarter of all research carried out in British universities. Rosalind Edwards has spoken to academics about why they do unfunded research and argues that universities need to revalue the work in light of the significant contribution it makes to the impact agenda.

The full entry can be read: Here.

2. The power of data in the management of peer review

Author: Jennifer Goodrich

Peer review has, for centuries, been an essential step in publishing a scientific article. Peer review provides the necessary quality assurance step in scholarly publishing which, while not perfect, acts as a mechanism for publishing scientifically correct and informative articles. The quality of articles and the reproducibility of the science reported in them strengthen the journal’s and publisher’s brands, attract new authors and maintain readership – all critical components in the lifecycle of scientific communications. Data is at the heart of the issues, and better management of data is the way forward.

The full entry can be read: Here.

3. Beyond publication — Increasing opportunities for recognising all research contributions

Author: Alice Meadows

There are many different ways that researchers contribute to progress beyond just the publication of their own results: peer review of all shapes and forms; serving on editorial boards and as editors; volunteering in their scholarly community or association; helping plan conferences; and participating in promotion, tenure, and hiring committees, to name but a few. In addition, many contributions to research are made by people who are not themselves researchers, such as librarians, data specialists, lab managers, and others. And yet, despite the best efforts of initiatives like DORA, the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (now signed by over 2,000 organisations and more than 16,000 individuals), metrics that focus primarily on citations, primarily of journal articles, remain the tool of choice for many — probably most — organisations that evaluate research and researchers.

The full entry can be read: Here.

4. How the SAMR learning model can help build a post-COVID digital strategy

Author: Allen Crawford Thomas

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about never-before-seen experiences for the education sector. These experiences have triggered a reconsideration of digital technology, and its role in learning and teaching. Models of teaching and learning can help identify what digital technology has become established within an organisation, and whether it is starting to bring about organisational change. One model that has gained attention in recent years is substitution, augmentation, modification and redefinition (SAMR). SAMR was developed by Dr Ruben Puentedura, following research into how the use of digital technology was transforming classroom-based teaching and learning.

The full entry can be read: Here.

5. ‘Little Deals’ everywhere: Is demand-driven collection development catching fire?

Author: Lettie Y. Conrad

Libraries have been cancelling big deals and experimenting with on-demand alternatives to ‘feeding the beast’ (for both journals and books) for several years. Some have observed that the big deal has been devalued by the proliferation of ‘leaks’ in the scholarly communications ecosystem. There are known limitations to the ‘just-in-case’ model of library acquisitions, which often bloats collections with unwanted content. So, on the face of it, growth in the ‘just-in-time’ approach and an increased focus on ‘little deals’ is not novel on its own.

The full entry can be read: Here.

6. No general third party effect!

Author: Martin Schaefer

Article 17 of the DSM Directive (along with many of the explanatory Recitals to the Directive) addresses the role of online content-sharing service providers of which the main or one of the main purposes is to store and give the public access to a large amount of copyright-protected works or other protected subject matter uploaded by their users, which they organise and promote for profit-making purposes (sometimes referred to as OCSSP). As Germany is in the middle of very intensive discussions around implementation of the Directive (due by June 2021), some parties seem to have drawn a significant misconception from the last half-sentence of Article 17(2). It is believed, in conjunction with the last sentence of Recital 69, that it provided for a general third-party effect: Of licenses granted to the OCSSP, with effect for the uploading user, or of licenses granted to the uploading user with the effect of covering the service.

The full entry can be read: Here.

7. How an audience-first approach to social media increases engagement with your research

Author: Kirsty Wallis

Developing an online presence can be an effective way to communicate research. However, simply sharing output on social media is not enough. To whom the output reaches is important for impact and scholarly debate. Kirsty Wallis calls for an audience-first approach to social media, arguing that taking the time to understand audience and social media platform will generate wider community involvement in research.

The full entry can be read: Here.

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