Inside Higher Ed: Could China Be on the Verge of Breaking Up Database Publishing?

Inside Higher Ed: Could China Be on the Verge of Breaking Up Database Publishing?. “China’s top research organization has suspended its use of the country’s largest academic database, causing some scholars to question whether its stranglehold on the sector might be loosened. Several research institutes under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have pulled out of its subscription to the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) due to mounting subscription fees, local news outlet Caixin reported.”

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.”

China Daily: A case for non-profit academic databases

China Daily: A case for non-profit academic databases. “Given that the sharing of academic resources helps promote research, China should encourage the National Library and other public institutions to develop non-profit academic databases for use by the public. As China’s national strength grows, its investment in research and development has increased substantially, reaching 2.79 trillion yuan ($437.49 billion) in 2021, with the proportion of R&D investment in GDP reaching 2.44 percent. In this context, the State should develop or acquire academic databases of commercial institutions to stop them from becoming profit-making tools hindering academic research.”

Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue: New Toolkit Offers Social Media Insights To Conflict Mediators

Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue: New Toolkit Offers Social Media Insights To Conflict Mediators. “As digital dimensions reshape the scope and intensity of violent conflicts, a new toolkit helps peacemakers to analyse social media activities and better understand how these insights can complement dialogue and mediation efforts.” This description isn’t as helpful as it could be. The toolkit gives you an overview of acquiring data from social media platforms, from what’s possible to a really nice Case Studies section. Plenty of resources but not as specific as step-by-step instructions.

University of Wyoming: UW Libraries to Launch Journal of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education

University of Wyoming: UW Libraries to Launch Journal of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education. “University of Wyoming Libraries soon will launch the Journal of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education (JOERHE), a new, open peer-reviewed journal. The journal is currently accepting scholarly articles that critically analyze the role of open educational resources (OER) in higher education for its debut issue. The journal is anticipated to launch this fall.”

Analytics India: Top preprint servers for publishing your AI research

Analytics India: Top preprint servers for publishing your AI research . “Preprint servers are open access online archives or repositories that contain research papers before their peer review and publication. Their main aim is to accelerate the dissemination process of research findings and enhance their visibility. As the peer review process takes time and there is a subsequent delay in publication, preprint servers are useful tools for researchers to post a full draft of their research papers and get immediate feedback from their colleagues. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular preprint servers in AI research.”

University of Massachusetts Amherst: UMass Hosts First Open Access, Multilingual Journal Dedicated To Revitalization Of Endangered And Minoritized Languages

University of Massachusetts Amherst: UMass Hosts First Open Access, Multilingual Journal Dedicated To Revitalization Of Endangered And Minoritized Languages. “The goal of the journal is to promote scholarly work and experience-sharing by bringing together language revitalization practitioners from a diversity of backgrounds, whether academic or not, within a peer-reviewed publication that is not limited to academic contributions and is inclusive of a diversity of perspectives and forms of expression. Living Languages seeks to publish contributions on practical and theoretical issues directly related to actions that support language sustainability and/or revitalization in indigenous and minoritized contexts.”

A New Use For AI: Summarizing Scientific Research For Seven-Year-Olds (The Verge)

The Verge: A New Use For AI: Summarizing Scientific Research For Seven-Year-Olds. “Academic writing often has a reputation for being hard to follow, but what if you could use machine learning to summarize arguments in scientific papers so that even a seven-year-old could understand them? That’s the idea behind tl;dr papers — a project that leverages recent advances in AI language processing to simplify science.” Unfortunately at this writing it’s “under maintenance” – hopefully it comes back soon.

IOP Publishing: ResearchGate and IOP Publishing partner to increase the visibility of academic content

IOP Publishing: ResearchGate and IOP Publishing partner to increase the visibility of academic content. IOP Publishing is the publishing arm of the Institute of Physics. “ResearchGate and IOP Publishing (IOPP) today announce a new collaboration agreement to explore ways to support the scientific community through syndication of IOPP peer reviewed scholarly content on ResearchGate’s platform…. The agreement – which marks the first time a physics society publisher has made its content available on the platform – will initially run for 12 months. Over 36,000 full text articles will be uploaded from open-access (OA) journals Environmental Research Letters, Materials Research Express and New Journal of Physics and hybrid journals Biomedical Materials, Classical Quantum Gravity, Physica Scripta and J Phys B.”

Google Scholar Blog: Save papers to read later

Google Scholar Blog: Save papers to read later. “Found an interesting paper and don’t have time to read it right now? Today we are adding a reading list to your Scholar Library to help you save papers and read them later. You can also use it to save papers you find off-campus but want to read on-campus where you have access to the full text, or papers you find on your smartphone but want to read on a larger screen.”

Chemistry World: Painstakingly curated perovskite database of over 40,000 devices set to speed up solar research

Chemistry World: Painstakingly curated perovskite database of over 40,000 devices set to speed up solar research. “Ninety-four researchers have undertaken a colossal challenge: manually reviewing over 16,000 papers to extract information on perovskite solar cells. Now, they have launched an open-access database with all this information. This massive collection of data could accelerate the discovery of photoactive materials and contribute to a better understanding of how these solar cells work.”

McMaster University: Library releases guide on avoiding predatory publishers and conferences

McMaster University: Library releases guide on avoiding predatory publishers and conferences. “Deceptive publishers, commonly referred to as ‘predatory journals’, are for-profit entities that purport to publish high-quality academic research, but do not follow accepted scholarly practices. The McMaster online resource, available on the library website, will help the research community spot a predatory publisher or conference. Among the features of the guide are an overview of deceptive publishers, a checklist on how to avoid predatory publishers, a conference checker tool and links to additional resources.”