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Are there winners and losers in the VSNU-Elsevier Open Access deal?

Open AccessThis week it was finally announced that the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) and the publisher Elsevier had reached an agreement on a continuation of the Big Deal for access to all Elsevier journals combined with a transition to Open Access publishing for researchers at Dutch Universities. In actual fact there is no deal yet. There...

The university rankings season has commenced

It seems odd to talk about a university rankings season, but the season of the new rankings starts normally in August when the Shanghai ranking are published. There was actually no real news in the 2015 Shanghai ranking. This year VU University gained two places in the overall ranking, from 100 to 98. Small steps, but that is not strange. A major criticism...

Google Scholar profiles of Dutch Universities

Early July I checked the Google Scholar uptake at Dutch Universities. Whilst collecting the data I also noted the total number of citations for each tenth scientist with a Google Scholar profile per university. To make sense of the results I plotted them as logarithmic values against rank number of the researcher when ordered on descending total number...

Uptake of Google Scholar profiles at Dutch Universities and consequences for ORCiD implementation

Dutch universities are discussing the pros and cons of the various author identifiers schemes. All these universities have been collaborating with the National Library on the Dutch Author Thesaurus (NTA). The unique identifiers of the Dutch Author Thesaurus, the so called Digital Author Identifiers (DAI),  are being used in most of the university libraries’...

Mapping the influence of humanities

David Budtz Pedersen  presented a new research proposal undertaken in Denmark, Mapping the Public Influence of the Humanities, with the aim to map the influence, meaning and value of the humanties in Denmark. His blogpost on the Impact Blog about this project generated a lot of attetion already. Even in the holiday season. What struck me however, is...

Research data information literacy and digital literacy

Following the blogpost of Yasmeen Shorish “Data, data everywhere…but do we want to drink? The role of data, digital curation, and scholarly communication in academic libraries.” Got me thinking on the curriculum of information literacy in academic libraries. Shorish: This means that academic libraries must incorporate the work of data information literacy into...

Document types in databases

Currently I am reading with a great deal of interest the Arxiv preprint of the review by Ludo Waltman (2015) from CWTS on bibliometric indicators. In this post I want to provide a brief comment on his section 5.1 where he discusses the role document types in bibliometric analyses. Ludo mainly reviews and comments on the inclusion or exclusion of certain...

Springer and Macmillan merger : some observations

The proposed merger between Springer and Macmillan came as a surprise to me. They are two big brands that come together. However if you look purely at figures in number of journals Macmillan is a midget compared to Springer and combined they are probably slightly bigger than Elsevier. It is the brand of Nature and Nature Publishing group that might...

Open Access journal article processing charges

Article Processing Charges (APC) of Gold Open Access journals are very often deeply hidden in journal websites. Sometimes they aren’t even stated on the journal website, eg. “For inquiries relating to the publication fee of articles, please contact the editorial office“. The lack of good overviews hinders research into APCs between different publishers...

The invisible web is still there, and it is probably larger than ever

Book review: Devine, J., & Egger-Sider, F. (2014). Going beyond Google again : strategies for using and teaching the Invisible Web. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association. ISBN 9781555708986, 180p.Going Beyond Google Again: Strategies for Using and Teaching the Invisible Web The invisible web, as we know it, dates back...

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