Blogs selected for Week November 9 to November 15, 2020 -



1. Editorial boards benefit from virtual meetings

Author: Angela Cochran

Over the last 10 months, journal editorial offices have hosted thousands of editorial board meetings in a virtual environment. Different journals have different ways of managing editorial boards, with some meeting quite frequently via conference call (or video) to discuss the day-to-day operations. It is typical, however, to have one or two in-person meetings a year to discuss strategy and trends in a more in-depth way. Many of these meetings for society journals might happen alongside a conference or annual meeting. With these in-person events going virtual, editorial board meetings are moving to video conferencing as well.

The full entry can be read: Here.

2. The government is following the science’: Why is the translation of evidence into policy generating so much controversy?

Author: Luis Pérez-González

In the UK, the government has presented itself as guided by scientific evidence in its policy responses to COVID-19. This has led to science, in particular epidemiology, itself becoming politicised and contested. However, neither the politicisation of science nor questions surrounding the status of evidence are new. In this blog, Luis Pérez-González outlines how a similar politics of expertise has played out in environmental policy-making. He argues that for scientific evidence to be successfully communicated in policy, it needs to be informed by bipartisan values.

The full entry can be read: Here.

3. Research administration: Relieving the pressure on researchers

Author: Dani Guzman

Researchers feel that their time and resources are increasingly limited. Therefore, the support they get from the library and the research office is obviously valuable. However, researchers still report devoting a substantial part of their time to administration, rather than actual research. More than one in five researchers invest over half their time in administrative tasks alone. Expand that to include those who say such duties take up at least one quarter of their time and the result is just under 60%. It should be noted that increased pressures due to Covid-19 may have added somewhat to the administrative burden on researchers in 2020.

The full entry can be read: Here.

4. The fight against fake scientific news

Author: Matt McKay

As a result of an increasing number of reports that show fake scientific news is on the rise, the scholarly publishing trade body STM is calling on the research community to be ever more vigilant. In fact, very little officially published scientific research is proven to be fake and even less gets through the rigorous safeguards publishers have put in place to catch inaccurate science. Many publishers have formed specialist teams to investigate suspicious research, while others have adopted new technologies that identify plagiarism or manipulation of images or data. Researchers writing in Psychological Science found that the main reason for sharing fake news was not because the sharer believed it was true, but because they failed to consider whether the news was accurate. The motivation for sharing was often linked to political or ideological belief.

The full entry can be read: Here.

5. The Role of information in UN sustainability goals: Highlights from the 2020 ASIS&T meeting

Author: Lettie Y. Conrad

Featuring sessions on research integrity, algorithmic promotion of misinformation, and the latest challenges for information-intensive industries, the 83rd assemblage of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) highlighted the theoretical and scholarly work underway to address topics of concern to scholarly publishers and service providers. The global chapters of ASIS&T are actively engaged in the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs). The keynote spotlighted blockchain solutions to foster creativity and innovation in solving food insecurity, and the closing plenary featured regional chairs reporting their progress on initiatives, such as tracking the diffusion of pandemic-related information around the world and increasing health information literacy. In between, the various tracks of the week-long conference were organised around select themes of the SDGs.

The full entry can be read: Here.

6. How we streamline production processes

Author: Catherine Glover

Hindawi seeks to keep its production processes as streamlined as possible by following a consistent style and workflow for all of its journals. In this blog, Catherine Glover explains how Hindawi’s production process works and what to expect once manuscript has entered production. A manuscript enters production at Hindawi once it completes final quality checks and is accepted for publication. For many authors, production might seem like the waiting time between acceptance, and receiving proofs ahead of publication. Hindawi's production process is divided into three main parts: graphics and copyediting stages, proofing, and final manuscript checks.

The full entry can be read: Here.

7. Will text mining transform scientific research and publishing?

Author: Leah Rodriguez

Text mining is an AI-driven process that goes beyond basic keyword search to add context to text. Whereas data mining systems uncover patterns and trends in large datasets that machines can understand, text mining is a bit trickier—employing NLP techniques to transform the language within a document into information that machines can understand and process. Text mining systems can help scientists find relevant research (from massive literature databases) exponentially faster than they can use traditional methods. Text mining introduces the ability to extract meaningful relationships across broad swathes of literature. By connecting the dots between seemingly unrelated journal articles, text mining can help scientists develop truly novel hypotheses, which can lead to groundbreaking discoveries.

The full entry can be read: Here.

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