Blogs selected for Week Jul 6 to July 12, 2020 -



1. Scientific publication – Is it for the benefit of the many or the few?

Since the end of the 17th century, new scientific knowledge has been disseminated mainly through scholarly journals, usually controlled by researchers grouped within learned societies, such as the Royal Society of London and its journal founded in 1665. Scholarly journals are usually managed by editorial committees that define the editorial policy and control the process of independent evaluation and revision of articles submitted for publication. Although there are many national scholarly journals, their content generally has an international scope, which is reflected in the international composition of the editorial boards. Some researchers have also understood the advantages of proposing to the giant publishers the creation of new journals that they then ‘manage’ in order to benefit their own research and that of their friends.

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2. Guest Post — bringing diverse perspectives into scholarly marketing and communications: Calls to action towards global outreach for global change part 1

Since COVID-19, scholarly communication professionals have rapidly moved their focus from predefined road maps and modes of operation to actively responding to the ongoing global health crisis, and more recently, the anti-racism protest movement. Both called for actions and awareness-building efforts. Featuring, or even freeing related content from behind paywalls, creating reading lists, and organising webinars and discussion groups with experts on related topics are just a few examples of how the community is educating people about the issues, building their awareness, and providing them with access to research results.

The full entry can be read: Here.

3. Remote learners need easy access to e-books and digital resources – here's how it’s done

While college libraries may reopen at the start of the autumn term, measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 mean that access to physical text books will be restricted for some time yet. It is expected that many library services will continue to be delivered online and that ‘real’ books will be quarantined for up to three days between borrowers, so it is probable then, that colleges and learners will increasingly rely on e-books and other digital resources. More colleges are interested in making free e-books for further education service available to learners. Presumably, this was in preparation for lockdown and the subsequent shift to remote learning and teaching.

The full entry can be read: Here.

4. How does aggregated search work?

The goal of aggregated search is to provide integrated search across multiple, heterogeneous sources. There are broadly two technology approaches that have been used to achieve this; federated search and web-scale indexing, but those are not the only options. Federated search approach passes the search query to multiple databases behind the scenes. Early versions used screen-scraping, which failed when a content provider changed their website. More recently web technologies like APIs have made the approach more robust.

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5. Intention to tweet: Medical study reports tweets improve citations

Tweeting by a network of journal social media editors increases citations and Altmetric scores, reports a new paper published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Not surprisingly, it is also getting a lot of tweets. The study is based on a randomised controlled trial, in which 112 original research papers were assigned to either the intervention arm (receiving tweets and re-tweets by members of the journals’ social media network delegates) or no intervention at all. The authors measured each paper’s citations and Altmetric scores after one year. Yet, a closer reading of the paper yields substantive questions and concerns about its veracity, including the source of citations, measured outcomes, and an inability to validate or recreate the dataset. The paper makes bold claims about the effect of collaborative tweeting on the performance of medical papers.

The full entry can be read: Here.

6. I’m dyslexic and academic publishing is twice as hard

There are simple ways that the publishing process can be made easier for academics with educational needs. A career in academia means dedicating time to publishing research in academic journals. The publishing process may be complicated by dyslexia, a learning difficulty that typically affects accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Everyone’s experience of dyslexia is unique, and many strengths can come with it, but dyslexic students in higher education often experience problems with writing to a high academic standard and will develop compensatory strategies to do it.

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