“That a major university ranker with global influence used a paid survey site to collect responses has raised some eyebrows: Brian Leiter, a professor and director of the Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values at the University of Chicago who first posted the professor’s account on his blog, went so far as to call the QS rankings “a fraud on the public.” Ben Sowter, head of the intelligence unit for the London-based company Quacquarelli Symonds, which creates the rankings, acknowledged that QS contracted with a Utah-based company, Qualtrics, on a trial basis to obtain 400 responses from U.S. academics through a variety of channels, one of which was Opinion Outpost. Sowter said QS has not since that 2012 trial used an approach in which survey respondents received a cash reward, but he defended the general practice of offering modest incentives. “The notion of providing incentives for surveys is not a new one,” he said, adding that this year the company is providing respondents with free downloads of QS reports and that in the past it has entered respondents into drawings for prizes (i.e., an iPad).”
Source : Inside Higher Ed
The RIN, the Institute of Physics (IOP), Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP) and the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) have recently published a set of case studies which provide a detailed analysis of how researchers in the physical sciences discover, use, create and manage their information resources.
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., has launched a trial of Altmetric, a service that tracks and measures the impact of scholarly articles and datasets on both traditional and social media. The six month trial will run on a number of subscription and open access journals published by Wiley including Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie, BJU International, Brain and Behavior, Methods in Ecology and Evolution and EMBO Molecular Medicine.
UNESCO will make its digital publications available to millions of people around the world free-of-charge with an open license. Following a decision by the Organization’s Executive Board in April, UNESCO has become the first member of the United Nations to adopt such an Open Access policy for its publications. The new policy means that anyone will be able to download, translate, adapt, distribute and re-share UNESCO publications and data without paying.
source: UNESCO >>http://goo.gl/SRxeV
ERIC has restored online access to more than 21,000 full-text PDFs with publication dates from 2005-2013.
The latest IEEE Xplore Release 4.6 brings some significant enhancements to key pages of the site, including the abstract, publication home page and table of contents pages. These pages have been redesigned with a new look and feel, which incorporates the following enhancements:
Streamlined Presentation for Journal Home Pages
– Improved visibility of the most recent and popular content (top five articles spotlighted)
– Support for journal highlights (video, audio, or custom announcements)
– Expanded journal bibliometrics (Eigenfactor and Article Influence Score)
– Improved navigation to previous issues, early access content and popular articles
– More prominent links to submit manuscript, author tools and editor information
– Recommendations for related journals
Abstract Page Enhancements
– Improved organisation of contents and more prominent links to references, citing documents, etc.
– Incorporation of article bibliometrics: Includes a cumulative count of article full-text downloads from 1 January 2011 to the present (as well as detail for monthly downloads) for journal and conference articles, standards and eBooks.
– Inclusion of third-party citation metrics from Web of Science, CrossRef, and Scopus
– Support for graphical abstracts (video/audio/images) and improved presentation of multimedia elements
– Support for author names in native language (Japanese, Korean, Chinese)
John Wiley and Snapwiz have announced the launch of WileyPLUS with ORION
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