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Data Conversation

Data Conversation

We recently held our first data conversation. The idea behind the data conversation is that there are short presentations on some aspect of research data management, followed by a discussion on the presentations and any issues that participants are interested in. Through the conversations we hope…

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As demands on the peer review system are increasing, reviewers are simultaneously becoming less responsive to invitations

As demands on the peer review system are increasing, reviewers are simultaneously becoming less responsive to invitations

During this Peer Review Week 2018, Tom Culley shares findings from the new Publons “Global State of Peer Review” report. As demands on the peer review system increase, reviewers are actually becoming less responsive to invitations.

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Reading list: a selection of posts on peer review to celebrate #PeerReviewWeek18

Reading list: a selection of posts on peer review to celebrate #PeerReviewWeek18

This week is Peer Review Week 2018, a global event celebrating the essential role that peer review plays in maintaining scientific quality.

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Science Europe – cOAlition S

Science Europe – cOAlition S

On 4 September 2018, 11 national research funding organisation, with the support of the European Commission including the European Research Council (ERC), announced the launch of cOAlition S, an initiative to make full and immediate Open Access to research publications a reality.

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UK Research and Innovation joins Europe-wide ambition on open access

UK Research and Innovation joins Europe-wide ambition on open access

Today, Tuesday 04 September 2018, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), joined funders from across Europe to launch cOAlition S, a collective declaration of a commitment to open access publishing in academia.

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Radical open-access plan could spell end to journal subscriptions

Radical open-access plan could spell end to journal subscriptions

Research funders from France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and eight other European nations have unveiled a radical open-access initiative that could change the face of science publishing in two years — and which has instantly provoked protest from publishers.

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A chance to visit the Special Collection: Heritage Open Day 6th September

A chance to visit the Special Collection: Heritage Open Day 6th September

On Thursday September 6th, for the first time ever the Library at Sheffield Hallam University will be taking part in Heritage Open Days, the UK’s largest heritage festival which was established in 1994 and since held annually in early September.  Heritage Open Days have to…

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Measuring openness: should we be careful what we wish for?

Measuring openness: should we be careful what we wish for?

Is the best way of incentivising open scholarship to measure it?  Lizzie Gadd is not so sure. There is a lot of talk at the moment about measuring open scholarship as means of incentivising it.

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Despite becoming increasing institutionalised, there remains a lack of discourse about research metrics among much of academia

Despite becoming increasing institutionalised, there remains a lack of discourse about research metrics among much of academia

The active use of metrics in everyday research activities suggests academics have accepted them as standards of evaluation, that they are “thinking with indicators”. Yet when asked, many academics profess concern about the limitations of evaluative metrics and the extent of their use.

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Ever wondered why practitioners treat researchers like a nuisance? The challenges of accessing expert knowledge, from both perspectives

Ever wondered why practitioners treat researchers like a nuisance? The challenges of accessing expert knowledge, from both perspectives

The difficulty of reaching practitioners and experts is one of the main challenges faced by early-career researchers in particular, and one that can overshadow fieldwork experiences and attempts to produce new knowledge.

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