Ramping-up Relevance

Is the flowing river of scholarly communication changing course? If so, how will current publishers find their place and remain relevant?

The 2018 APE Conference will be held on 16–17 January at the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. In the session ‘Building valuable Connections’ on Tuesday, 16th January Dave Nicholas will be speaking about Early Career Researchers: a very big and strategic market and one that is changing

New Dehli

John Akeroyd is an invited delegate to the UNESCO-NDL International Workshop on Knowledge Engineering for Digital Library Design in New Delhi (25–27th October). He participate on the panel on academic discovery systems and will address "Tools and techniques used in ASE/discovery services and customisation of academic search engines for enhanced user experience".

Market Review

The ISSN International Centre based in Paris has commissioned CIBER to undertake a market review of systems and suppliers of library management systems. The wish to replace their ageing Virtua platform with a new system to meet the challenges of their new business model, the need for greater efficiencies in their workflows and the revised ISSN portal. There was a particular interest in open source. CIBER will review the market trends and submit a report and presentation to the governors.

Scholarly Communications in the Digital Age

There are many challenging and strategic issues confronting the field of scholarly communications. Indeed, the field is in a transformative state and, as a consequence, the way science is conducted and evaluated is going to change. Open science, alternative ways of measuring impact and reputation, new methods of peer review, crowdsourcing, social media and online communities are among the many things driving change. Given the scale and speed of change, researchers face difficulties keeping abreast of these changes and identifying those that have significance for them. This thematic series aims to provide the necessary help and especially so for young and early career researchers who are finding their way in the dynamic world of scholarly communications.

A thematic series edited by Dave Nicholas: submissions…


The Harbingers project — second year results summary is now online.

The most change has been observed in Asia: in China where some harbingers have affected everybody, and in Malaysia where signs of change are broader but not noted by all. In Europe the centrally-directed and formal system in Poland persists, whilst in France, amoung ECRs at least, the system is becoming less conservative. The USA and UK remain similar; a slower pace perhaps the corollary to earlier advances. But what is most striking about the USA is the number of ECRs turning away from an academic career.

Comunicación científica, web social y reputación académica

IV Congreso Latinoamericano y Caribeno de Ciencias Sociales, 17–19 Julio 2017, Salamanca, España

Perfiles de los profesores e investigadores mexicanos del área de Bibliotecología en Researchgate, Academia y Google Académico Andrés Fernández Ramos, Universidad de León, España

The dissemination of research findings with social media: the case of Italian LIS studies Simona Turbanti, Alberto Petrucciani, Università La Sapienza, Roma, Italia

Los jóvenes investigadores como agentes del cambio en el modelo de comunicación académica David Nicholas, CIBER Research Ltd; Blanca Rodríguez Bravo, Universidad de León; Chérifa Boukacem, Université de Lyon ; Anthony Watkinson, University College London.

Early career researchers: their scholarly attitudes, behaviour, and change

maximising impact

An interim report from year two of the Harbingers project

David Nicholas contributed an article on the project: A system that prioritises publications means early career researchers’ scholarly attitudes and behaviours remain conservative to the LSE blog.

Marzena Świgoń presented Zwiastuny zmian w komunikacji naukowej to the The 4th International Scientific Conference "Information Science in the Age of Change — Innovative Information Services" in Warsaw, 15–16 May 2017

La vie en Gold

Après une période de développement important durant les années 2000 des archives ouvertes (thématiques et institutionnelles), représentant la voie verte du libre accès (Green Road), c’est au tour de la voie dorée (Gold Road) d’être au cœur des débats.

Chérifa Boukacem-Zeghmouri, David Nicholas. La vie en Gold: enjeux et risques pour les chercheurs I2D — Information, données & documen­ts — 2017, n°1

'paper engineering'

OA publishing is a good idea, but not in practice… they do have a publishing strategy: publish as many articles as they can in high impact journals

David Nicholas, Blanca Rodríguez-Bravo, Anthony Watkinson, Cherifa Boukacem-Zeghmouri, Eti Herman, Jie Xu, Abdullah Abrizah, Marzena Świgoń Early career researchers and their publishing and authorship practices. Learnèd Publishing 2017

Rewards & Skills

David Nicholas has been invited to present results from the Harbingers project Early career researchers and open science to the European Commision's SGHRM working group 'Education & Skills' (Brussels — 9th March 2017).

…to be realised, however, there remain several barriers that need to be overcome, including the overhaul of a research rewards system that is currently hostile to the practice of Open Science.

“Emerging Formats”

The British Library have awarded CIBER a contract to study “Emerging Formats”.

The extension of Legal Deposit in 2013, to include works in digital format, has changed the Library’s collecting and collection management. This research will provide the Library with an overview of UK publishing of works in three complex, emerging formats: books published as apps, works presented as structured data, and interactive narratives.

reputation building

Where RG falls down is regarding scholarly activities that do not concern pure research and so especially teaching. Its claim to have created a new way of measuring reputation is only partially true because if it wants to do so genuinely then it needs to extend the range of scholarly activities covered.

David Nicholas, Eti Herman, David Clark Scholarly Reputation Building — How does ResearchGate Fare? International Journal of Knowledge Content Development & Technology Vol.6, Nr.2, 67–92. December 2016

CIBER news — August–December 2016

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