BBC: Students accuse lecturer of sharing Russia war lies

BBC: Students accuse lecturer of sharing Russia war lies. “In a lecture obtained by the BBC, Prof [Tim] Hayward outlined an argument that the renowned aid organisation, the White Helmets, may have helped fake a chemical attack in Syria. Russia has said the attack was ‘staged’. It comes after he and a number of other academics were accused of spreading misinformation about the war in Ukraine by MPs in the House of Commons in March – something Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said the government would ‘crack down on… hard’.”

Salon: Influencer culture is everywhere — even in academia

Salon: Influencer culture is everywhere — even in academia. “Several years ago, while writing a book on social media labor, I noticed how the accounts furnished by aspiring YouTubers and Instagrammers resonated deeply with my experiences as a then-junior academic. These social media hopefuls had an acutely perceived need to remain ‘on brand’ and an unabashed pursuit of metrics. As an academic, this felt all too familiar. Their media kit was my tenure dossier, except ‘likes’ and ‘views’ were swapped out for Google Scholar citations and h-indexes–two indices of our ‘impact.’ I felt compelled to be eminently visible — not unlike the pressures on influencers to ‘game’ the algorithms or ratchet up their engagement.”

Penn State: University Libraries publishes ‘Art History Dissertations’ online bibliography

Penn State: University Libraries publishes ‘Art History Dissertations’ online bibliography. “The bibliography represents more than a year of collecting, collating, amending and researching art history Ph.D. dissertations submitted to CAA [College Art Association] since 1980. With more than 6,000 dissertations from more than 80 North American institutions, the data set presents a rich area of study for the ways in which the art history field has evolved over the last 40 years.”

University of Toronto: TikTok teaching? U of T researchers study the social media platform’s use in academia

University of Toronto: TikTok teaching? U of T researchers study the social media platform’s use in academia. “In a bid to shine a spotlight on their research and make it more accessible, academics around the world are following in the footsteps of their students and taking to TikTok to share videos. The trend is being highlighted by a team of researchers at the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information. The researchers looked at the different ways academics, educators and scholarly communities are using TikTok, the popular social media platform that specializes in short-form user-generated videos, to share knowledge – from Gothic architecture explainers to weight loss tips.”

WCAI: Scientist Publishes A List Of Known Harassers in Academia

WCAI: Scientist Publishes A List Of Known Harassers in Academia. “Rates of sexual abuse and harassment in academic science are second only to the military. It’s estimated that at least half of women faculty and staff face harassment and abuse and that 20 to 50 percent of women students in science, engineering, and medicine are abused by faculty. Those numbers are generally based on surveys, which are an important way of getting a handle on the problem and how it changes women’s career trajectories. But when it comes to holding institutions accountable and making meaningful changes, naming perpetrators may be even more powerful.”

The Guardian: It’s time for academics to take back control of research journals

The Guardian: It’s time for academics to take back control of research journals . “‘Publish or perish’ has long been the mantra of academics seeking to make a success of their research career. Reputations are built on the ability to communicate something new to the world. Increasingly, however, they are determined by numbers, not by words, as universities are caught in a tangle of management targets composed of academic journal impact factors, university rankings and scores in the government’s research excellence framework.”

Forbes: Dear Scholars, Delete Your Account At Academia.Edu

Forbes: Dear Scholars, Delete Your Account At Academia.Edu. “As privatized platforms like Academia.edu look to monetize scholarly writing even further, researchers, scientists and academics across the globe must now consider alternatives to proprietary companies that aim to profit from our writing and offer little transparency as to how our work will be used in the future. In other words: It is time to delete your Academia.edu account.”

Forbes: How Academia, Google Scholar And Predatory Publishers Help Feed Academic Fake News

Forbes: How Academia, Google Scholar And Predatory Publishers Help Feed Academic Fake News . ” The Editor-in-Chief of one of the world’s most prestigious and storied scientific journals recently casually informed me that his journal now astoundingly accepts citations to non-peer-reviewed personal web pages and blog posts as primary citations supporting key arguments in papers published in that journal. You read that correctly. One of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals now permits non-peer-reviewed content from personal web pages and blogs to be cited as primary evidence supporting a claim in a paper published in that journal. Even just a few years ago such a move would have been unheard of, with most reputable journals requiring that citations be almost exclusively to peer-reviewed academic journals to ensure that the body of evidence supporting scholarly discourse was as peer-reviewed and fact checked as possible. When top journals allow an unverified and […]