Is Google Scholar next?

Yesterday, Google announced its “spring cleaning” whereby it, usually, discards products most people had long thought discarded. Usually the products are Blackberry ones that don’t really yield controversy. A few years back, Google retired Buzz which was generally regarded as a failure. Some product retirements are a little more troubling. Consider Google Wave as I wrote about in 2011: Consider … Continue reading Is Google Scholar next?

Will reputation metrics open scientific publication?

That is the contention of Richard Price, the founder of Academia.edu. Aaron Swartz was determined to free up access to academic articles. He perceived an injustice in which scientific research lies behind expensive paywalls despite being funded by the taxpayer. The taxpayer ends up paying twice for the same research: once to fund it and a … Continue reading Will reputation metrics open scientific publication?

Science Careers’ Person of the Year: Paula Stephan

Science Careers has named its first ever person of the year and it is our own Executive Board member, Paula Stephan. In numerous articles and books, and as a member of scholarly bodies and study commissions examining the situation and prospects of young scientists, Stephan has long expounded the view that the current graduate and … Continue reading Science Careers’ Person of the Year: Paula Stephan

You knew it was coming, Google Scholar cites can be manipulated

Google Scholar works via algorithm. It examines papers that are hosted in certain domains (usually, publishers and higher education institutions) and then constructs citations based on those papers. As it is easily accessible and also includes citations from unpublished papers, Google Scholar is becoming increasingly popular as a key metric for academic performance. A new … Continue reading You knew it was coming, Google Scholar cites can be manipulated

Health Information Wants to be Shared

Information Wants to be Shared focusses on business models for information content provision. But the principles behind it, that information is more valuable if it is exchanged freely, obviously extend to many other matters. One such matter is health-related information. John Wilbanks is a crusader that has taken the issue of health sharing on. As is often … Continue reading Health Information Wants to be Shared

Blogs and academic research: A timely story

The other day, Paul Krugman wrote about the reduced relevance of formal academic publication given the nature of web distribution and discourse. It just so happens that today marks the completion of a personal story of mine that illustrates how blog discussion can lead to published academic research. However, it also demonstrates Krugman’s main point — that … Continue reading Blogs and academic research: A timely story