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Does adding data increase citation?

Written on February 2, 2017 at 2:31 pm, by

There is a strongly held view that open access to articles and data will lead to more effective research. To this end, it would be useful if the public availability of research data could be linked to benefits for authors, such as increased citation of their work, as this would drive a virtuous cycle. Piwowar Read more...

Brazil’s CAPES meets to discuss the internationalization of national research journals

Written on November 22, 2014 at 11:49 am, by

The purpose of the CAPES* meeting held 29 October 2014 was to discuss proposals for contracting international publishers to edit Brazilian scientific journals – as is already happening in China, Japan and other countries. “We want a model in which Brazilian research journals attain an international standard and visibility, without losing their identity” said President Read more...

Impact Factor shock horror…!

Written on October 30, 2014 at 2:55 pm, by

If Impact Factors are not a good proxy for assessing the performance of publishing authors then what are they good for? If you plot out the number of citations received by a given journal over a specific period of time then you end up with a distribution that is severely skewed to the right. It Read more...

Do metrics have a future?

Written on May 20, 2013 at 3:44 pm, by

The publication of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment provides a welcome point of focus from which to debate the value of metrics that attempt to measure the volume and quality contributions made to scientific progress by a country, funding agency, institution or individual researcher. A major stimulus for this multi-publisher/agency review was the Read more...

eLife: Nothing new under the eSun?

Written on February 28, 2013 at 4:05 pm, by

I did my PhD at UCL in the early seventies when neuroscience was only just beginning to exist as a subject in its own right. It wasn’t until 1980 that the first neuroscience department was established in the UK, so to do neuroscience I had to spend most of my time hopping between the physiology Read more...