Posts with the tag: alt-metrics

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Not Just the Journal Article!

journalsIt can be fascinating to talk to an author about their research. Now you can hear authors beyond just the journal article. Journal publishers and platforms are adding to the journal article. Take a look at this article and its’ accompanying “Watch what authors say about their articles” video:

Michael B. Green, Stephen D. Miller, Pierre Vanhove, Small representations, string instantons, and Fourier modes of Eisenstein series, Journal of Number Theory, Volume 146, January 2015, Pages 187-309, ISSN 0022-314X, (

Other articles are including all the alt-metrics or bibliometrics, which include links to news articles or tweets or number of times downloaded, as these can be early indications about important research. See these two examples:

Frances Aboud, Nafisa Lira Huq, Charles P. Larson, Livia Ottisova, An assessment of community readiness for HIV/AIDS preventive interventions in rural Bangladesh, Social Science & Medicine, Volume 70, Issue 3, February 2010, Pages 360-367, ISSN 0277-9536, (

Ibraheem Alhashim, Kai Xu, Yixin Zhuang, Junjie Cao, Patricio Simari, and Hao Zhang. 2015. Deformation-driven topology-varying 3D shape correspondence. ACM Trans. Graph. 34, 6, Article 236 (October 2015), 13 pages. DOI=

Authors are providing their data sets as supplemental materials:

Guler, N., Fersch, R. G., Kuhn, S. E., Bosted, P., Griffioen, K. A., Keith, C., … & Gevorgyan, N. (2015). Precise determination of the deuteron spin structure at low to moderate Q 2 with CLAS. Phys. Rev. C 92.

Research is being published in new and exciting ways and changing the way we read, listen, watch and digest journal articles.

“Google Science”: Hoax or Disruptor

Just a note as we begin our new academic year. This blog space seeks highlight issues in scholarly communication including open access publishing, research data and alt-metrics.

Here is something to think about this week: Is Google the next big player in scholarly publishing?

How ‘Google Science’ could transform academic publishing

In part, whether Google is or is not ready to be the open access platform for scholarly communication, there are two hurdles 1) researchers’ practices and 2) the peer review process.

From the article, Timo Hannay, Managing Director of Digital Science is quoted:

The problem, he says, is not that there are too few options to publish in an open access format. It’s that most academics don’t think about it too much. “Most [academics] don’t particularly care about open access, in part because they are not incentivised to do so. This is changing, but only slowly, and right now most still care more about publishing in established, high-profile journals and in gaining a lot of citations.”

If Google, or another company, had a secret weapon to disrupt the peer review process, now that would be worth getting excited about.