Archive for the ‘Research communication’ Category

Altmetrics are a new kind of metrics applied to scholarly works, which have gained momentum and acceptance in recent times. They are complementary to traditional metrics such as citations, h-index, etc. This video, provides a brief introduction to Altmetrics.


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I came across this very useful and interesting guide developed by ‘University of York Information’ on how to make effective use of Twitter in academics. Twitter undoubtedly has lot of potential in sharing information and also helps in building academic collaborations.

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I came across this interesting info-graphic that highlights how ‘Wikipedia’ is redefining research. Even though the quality of articles published on Wikipedia are questioned, but its usage indicates the popularity. I think, its stiff competition might have forced ‘Encyclopedia of Britannica’ to discontinue the print edition and continue only with their online services.


I do not agree that it is redefining the research, but certainly it has made a huge impact as most us refer to ‘Wikipedia’ to know the basic details of any topic of research.

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Recently, I came across an interesting article ‘Current research assessment could miss the big picture‘ on Research Information.  It highlighted on how traditional methods of research assessment (peer review, citations etc) could be failing those researchers who are fully embracing the possibilities of Web 2.0.  This has called for new methods of metrics (altmetrics), which better reflect today’s research practices and take advantage of the use of current social media technologies. However, such metrics to succeed requires widespread acceptance from the research community. I think researchers in general would consider this new metrics academic worthy and accept it to measure the impact of their research in the changing ecosystem of information landscape.

In the field of library and information science, I think it is worth to use altmetrics in line with bibliometrics, scientometrics, webometrics etc to measure the impact of research undertaken by individuals and organizations in different disciplines.

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Social media as we all know are primarily Internet- and mobile-based tools such as blogs, micro-blogs, RSS, wikis etc for sharing and discussing information among the people. What many of us feel that these are useful only for general discussions. However, they can play an important role in setting communications and collaborations in the academia.

A guide entitled ‘ Social media: A guide for researchers’ just released by Research Information Network [RIN], points out that social media is an important technological trend that has big implications for how researchers (and people in general) communicate and collaborate. Researchers have a huge amount to gain from engaging with social media in various aspects of their work.  The guide discusses the use of social media for research and academic purposes.  As an intermediary, we also need to take serious note of social media and think how best these can be deployed in providing innovative services to the library users.

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