Prof, nobody is reading you

On average a journal article is read by 10 people. 82 per cent of articles published in humanities are not even cited once. Only 20 per cent of papers cited have actually been read. Is our system broke?

Knowledge infrastructures in science: data, diversity, and digital libraries

Unfortunately hidden behind a paywall. Borgman et al.'s new article on the necessity for digital libraries to manage research data. From the abstract:
This article addresses the role of digital libraries in knowledge infrastructures for science, presenting evidence from long-term studies of four research sites. Findings are based on interviews (n=208), ethnographic fieldwork, document analysis, and historical archival research about scientific data practices, conducted over the course of more than a decade.

‘My professor demands to be listed as an author on many of my papers’

This is kind of the key point in this piece: reputation matters hugely to scientists, but only with regards to the number of papers you publish (which is why people steal authorship) or (in the best case) how good the research is. However, we don’t care whether a scientist has a reputation for being honest or rigorous because it gets you nowhere in the current model of academia. And yet honesty and rigour is what science is all about.

Reputation instead of obligation: forging new policies to motivate academic data sharing

Despite strong support from funding agencies and policy makers academic data sharing sees hardly any adoption among researchers. Current policies that try to foster academic data sharing fail, as they try to either motivate researchers to share for the common good or force researchers to publish their data. Instead, Sascha Friesike, Benedikt Fecher, Marcel Hebing, and Stephanie Linek argue that in order to tap into the vast potential that is attributed to academic data sharing we need to forge new policies that follow the guiding principle reputation instead of obligation.

The end of subscription-based business models for academic publishing?

An evidence-based case for new publishing alternatives in academia from Science Europe.
This paper makes the strong, fact-based case for a large-scale transformation of the current corpus of scientific subscription journals to an open access business model. The existing journals, with their well-tested functionalities, should be retained and developed to meet the demands of 21st century research, while the underlying payment streams undergo a major restructuring.

The Open Publishing Revolution, Now Behind A Billion-Dollar Paywall

In 2013, when Victor Henning announced that his six-year-old startup Mendeley would be acquired by one of the world's biggest media companies, he knew there would be blowback. He just couldn't have anticipated how bad it would get. "Seeing that some of our most vocal advocates thought we had sold them out felt awful," Henning said recently over a tea in Amsterdam, where Elsevier, Mendeley's parent company, is headquartered. Launched in 2007 by Henning and two friends at graduate school, Mendeley built an unlikely but very useful piece of software—think a variation on Evernote combined with Facebook—aimed at helping researchers organize their papers, annotate them, and share them with each other.

Call for Papers – Early Stage Researchers Colloquium – 24 September 2015

We cordially invite you to submit your research projects on one of the following topics:

1. Research and knowledge in a digital age
2. Internet and public governance
3. Interdisciplinary research on information privacy, surveillance, and data protection
4. Algorithmic governance
5. Digital communication and value creation b etween companies and the crowd
Please feel invited to submit theoretical, practical or experimental research work.

For more information see: HIIG - Call for Papers

Are we addressing research data management? Diverse skillset and mindset needed for era of digital data.

Interesting post in the LSE Impact Blog:
Developing and implementing a robust solution to Research Data Management needs to draw upon policies, processes and resources and must be relevant to disciplinary requirements with as few barriers as possible for researchers. Rachel Bruce reflects on the skillset required to improve long-term research management strategies. As each university grapples with this landscape, a shift towards shared services and infrastructure may be the next step needed.