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Can we predict the academic impact of scholars and papers at early stages using quantitative tools?
How are scholars ranked for promotion, tenure and honors? How can we improve the quantitative tools available for decision makers when making such decisions? Can...
It is widely known now that scholarly communication is in crisis, resting on an academic publishing model that is unsustainable. One response to this crisis has been the emergence of Open Access (OA) publishing, bringing scholarly literature out from behind a paywall and making it...
The assumption that academic research will organically find its way to those with the power to act on it is false. Some may conceive of academia as the creator of the country’s best knowledge, knowledge which automatically permeates – and is respected...
A few days ago, we were speaking with an ecologist from Simon Fraser University here in Vancouver about an unsolicited job offer he’d recently received. The offer included an astonishing inducement: Anyone from his to-be-created lab who could wangle a first or...
This report presents the findings and recommendations of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management. The review was chaired by Professor James Wilsdon, supported by an independent and multidisciplinary group of experts in scientometrics, research...
What gets counted (and what doesn't) in scholarly publishing these days? And how does this impact on academic research?
The 24th National Scholarly Communications Forum was held on 7 September 2015 at The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. The forum discussed the future of scholarly communication and publishing in the digital era and its impact on scholarly and institutional behaviour. It examined the issues...
Specialist scholarly books, or monographs, are a vital form of publication for Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) scholars globally. However, library spending on books hasn’t kept pace with growth in the number of researchers required to publish a book in order to secure tenure and...