Citing a recent research paper on PNAS, a short article from http://www.the-scientist.com talks about the lack of transparency in academic journal pricing and the high prices research libraries have to pay for journal access. Read full article here.
Check out this blog post on altmetrics by David Colquhoun, a London-based scientist, and Andrew Plested, a Berlin-based scientist: Why you should ignore altmetrics and other bibliometric nightmares. Scroll down the page to see responses, which are equally interesting.
BMJ Group recently ran a shortened version on their blog.
In a previous post, we mentioned the concept of altmetrics briefly when introducing the Altmetric for Scopus feature in the Scopus database. Below we are listing links to two thought-provoking articles on altmetrics, both published last week.
- One appeared in Scientific American’s Information Culture blog. The author, Hadas Shema, is an Information Science graduate student at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
Thoughts about altmetrics (an unorganized, overdue post)
- Another is authored by Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado Denver. He has written extensively on predatory open access publishing in his blog.
Article-Level Metrics: An Ill-Conceived and Meretricious Idea
The following two blog posts published in 2012 are also interesting. Make sure to check out the comments, which are equally interesting.
- Tweets, and Our Obsession with Alt Metrics published by Phil Davis in the Scholarly Kitchen.
- Altmetrics: first we need the for what? and only then the how? OK? published by Martin Fenner in his PLOS blog, Gobbledygook.
Hardin Library offers workshops on a variety of subjects including how to find journals’ Impact Factors and H indices. Our Fall schedule is coming soon. Stay tuned.
An upgrade for EXAM MASTER® has been scheduled over this weekend. You will not be able to login to your account from about 11:00 PM Saturday, June 22 (CDT) to 6:00 AM Monday June 24 (CDT). Your registered email address and password will remain the same, but remember to update your URL bookmark to uiowa.myexammaster.com or simply go to Hardin homepage and click Health Sciences Resources A-Z.
Enhanced features highlights:
The dashboard allows easier access to recently created, accessed and scored exams.
Two interface choices for the testing environment.
Select multiple topical areas to pull questions into a single exam.
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Traditional scholarly metrics like Journal Impact Factors do not take into account scholars’ impact in today’s social media world. This is where altmetrics come in (visit altmetrics: a manifesto for more information). There are a growing number of altmetrics applications out there. One example is the Altmetric for Scopus.
Scopus is a multidisciplinary database with substantial international coverage. When you view an abstract in Scopus, you might see a box titled Altmetric for Scopus on the right side of the screen. Below is a screenshot taken from the abstract view of the article: Slinin, Y., Paudel, M., Taylor, B. C., Ishani, A., Rossom, R., Yaffe, K., . . . Ensrud, K. E. (2012). Association between serum 25(OH) vitamin D and the risk of cognitive decline in older women. Journals of Gerontology – Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 67 A(10), 1092-1098.
It should be noted that Scopus is not compatible with Internet Explorer (IE) 9 (like ProQuest Dissertations and Theses). IE 9 users should also make sure compatibility view mode is turned on: go to Tools and then click on Compatibility View settings and check Display all websites in Compatibility View.
Altmetric for Scopus is a 3rd party web application that collects mentions on social media and news outlets and counts on popular reference managers for a particular paper. The number inside the colored circle is the Altmetric score for the article you’re viewing. If you don’t see the Altmetric for Scopus, it means this app can’t find any mentions of the article you are viewing in their data sources. Also keep in mind that Altmetric only started collecting content from supported publishers/repositories during the second half of 2011. Read more on the app’s potential limits on its developer’s website.
Come to Hardin Library on Tuesday, Feb 19th, 1:00-2:00 pm and learn more about Scopus. Register for the class at http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/workshop/ Don’t forget that we offer a class called “Get Started Publishing”. If you don’t see it listed, you can always contact us for a one on one or group consultation.
The Scopus Alert for iPhone app allows you to 1) do keyword search, 2) email, bookmark, and tweet an article, and 3) receive email alerts when articles get cited. Keep in mind that you can only view abstracts, and full-text links are NOT available. A workaround is to email an article to oneself and access the fulltext outside of the app.
Before you download and install SciVerse Scopus Alerts (institutional subscriber’s version) from the App Store on your iPhone, you need to create a Scopus account at http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/scopus. You will be prompted to enter your Scopus log in and password and your UIowa email when you first open this app. Detailed instruction can be found at SciVerse Scopus iPhone app User Guide (PDF file).
Scopus is a multidisciplinary database with substantial international coverage. All citations that are in EMBASE are also in Scopus. Scopus also allows you to measure an author’s scholarly impact and to track an article’s cited and citing references.
Come to Hardin Library on Tuesday, Feb 19th, 1:00-2:00 pm and learn more about Scopus. Register for the class at http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/workshop/.
U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) recently added a new page on its website dedicated to compounding information including USP standards. USP General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations can be downloaded free of charge, at least for now.