Understanding & Assessing the Impact & Outcomes of ERC Funding

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EURECIA set out to develop a novel methodology for the study of the impact of
research funding schemes on knowledge and its social conditions, and to apply this to investigate
the impact (effects) of the ERC and its funding schemes on science. This constitutes a departure
from more traditional approaches in two important ways: a) by interrogating the
relationship between research funding and the science system rather than with the
economy and society at large; and b) by broadening the ‘impact’ question to include not
only intended effects as read through the objectives but also other possibilities.

 

Final conference material:

http://www.eurecia-erc.net/events/final-conference/

 

Final workshop summary: http://www.eurecia-erc.net/wp-content/upLoads/EURECIA-ExecSummary.pdf

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Utopia Docs; free PDF reader that connects the static content of scientific articles to the dynamic world of online content

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Utopia Documents brings a fresh new perspective to reading the scientific literature, combining the the convenience and reliability of the PDF with the flexibility and power of the web.

 

The scientific article has been described as a Story That Persuades With Data, but all too often the link between data and narrative is lost somewhere in the modern publishing process. Utopia Documents helps to rebuild these connections, linking articles to underlying datasets, and making it easy to access online resources relating to an article’s content.

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The next revolution in Science: Open Access will open new ways to measure scientific impact at the article level

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Open Access will not only change the way that science is done, it will also change the way that science is judged. The way that scientific output is measured today centers around citations. Essentially, on an author level this means the number of publications and citations of an author’s articles (author-level metrics). On a journal level, it means the average number of citations that articles published in that journal have received in a given time period (journal-level metrics).

 

A number of article-level metrics services are currently in the start-up phase. A company called Altmetric is a small London-based start-up focused on making article level metrics easy. They do this by watching social media sites, newspapers and magazines for any mentions of scholarly articles. The result is an “altmetric” score which is a quantitative measure of the quality and quantity of attention that a scholarly article has received. The altmetric score is also implemented in UtopiaDocs, a PDF reader which links an article to a wealth of other online resources like Crossref (DOI registration agency), Mendeley (scientist network), Dryad (data repository), Scibite (tools for drug discovery), Sherpa (OA policies and copyright database) and more. A disadvantage of UtopiaDocs may be that it focuses on the PDF format instead of an open format. Also the system seems to be rather slow. PLoS also uses article level metrics to qualify articles by giving comprehensive information about the usage and reach of published articles onto the articles themselves, so that the entire academic community can assess their value. Different from the above, PLoS provides a complete score build on a combination of altmetrics, citation analysis, post-publication peer-review, pageviews, downloads and other criteria. Finally, Total-Impact also makes extensive use of the analysis of social media and other online statistics, to provide a tool to measure total impact of a given collection of scientific articles, datasets and other collections. Their focus on collections represents still another approach to the problem of evaluating scientific output.

 

Source:

Tom Olijhoek, @ccess blog OKF

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Plum Analytics | Advancing science by making scholarly research more assessable and accessible; Track and assess immediate impact of research

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Plum Analytics was founded to help advance science by making scholarly research more assessable and accessible. Researchers and their associated labs, departments, and institutions will be able to track real-time impact, better promote their research, compare with peers, and connect with new research. Plum Analytics is building browsable and searchable directories of researchers organized both by topic and by the hierarchy at each institution. Underlying these directories will be a centralized scholarly reputation graph capturing the affiliations of researchers, the articles they publish, and their online impact. An institution or its departments can provide centralized access to research performed on its own campus. Researchers will be able to effortlessly highlight their research, make it openly available and discoverable online, and create new linkages to other similar research.

Plum Analytics will offer custom, metrics-based reports to support a wide variety of explorations, including quantifying how departments or labs measure up to their peers; discovering “rising stars” in different research areas for recruiting or co-research purposes; monitoring research marketing efforts; and providing quantifiable research outcomes in pursuit of grant funding.

 

Plum Analytics is a start-up metrics resource for measuring scholarly communication. Based in Philadelphia, PA and Seattle, WA. Plum Analytics was founded by Andrea Michalek (@amichalek) and Mike Buschman (@mikebuschman).

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“Academic Spring” a great movement with a misplaced branding/positioning

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A successful boycott of Elsevier demonstrates that populist rebellions have a place within the information-sharing community, started recently. 

the initiative got a strong follow up, even with a new top journal plan from the Welcome Trust to create a high end academic journal to attract authors in the most prestigious part of the journals. (article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/apr/09/wellcome-trust-academic-spring).

 

Although the spring initiative in itself is great and I also believe strongly in open knowledge, personally I think the branding/positioning of the initiative as ‘academic spring’ makes a possible association with the ‘Arabic Spring’, where many people have died in the last year trying to free themselves from their dictotors. The two movements are completely different and acedmics should not use this often tragic humanitarian process as a metaphor for the academic world.

 

If the movement wants to be successful in my view, it should not brand/position itself als “academic spring”, but rather as “an academic career impact initiative”, where impact and knowledge spread and communication is the purpose. and which creaties positive energy and creative associations.

Via americanlibrariesmagazine.org

The Emergence of a Citation Cartel

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From an economics standpoint, self-citation is the easiest method to boost one’s citations. Every author knows this and cites his own articles, however peripheral their relationship is to the topic at hand. Editors know this as well, and some have been caught coercing authors into self-citing the journal. Other editors have published editorial “reviews” of the articles published in their own journal, focusing entirely on papers that have been published in the previous two years — the window from which the impact factor is generated.

There is a price to pay for this behavior, especially when it is done to excess. Thomson Reuters, publishers of the annual Journal Citation Report (JCR), routinely puts journals in “time-out” when their self-citation rates are excessively high, such that they greatly shift the journal’s positional rank among other related titles.

Via scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org

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