Archive for September 2011
Good marketing by Springer, announcing the Frankfurt Book Fair:
Putting the book back into the Library,
by Thomson-Reuters about the new Book Citation Index in the WoS
A great article in Bio-ITWorld:
“…many life science organizations—Pfizer and Genentech are just two recent examples—have cut back or eliminated their library research staff, believing the myth that everything is free on the Internet. Many more are experimenting with outsourcing research librarian services to India or China—producing unsatisfactory and low quality work. (…)
Making the right decisions based on insightful analysis of the most relevant data can make a critical difference in companies whose futures rely on new product development. (…)
(Librarians) can execute these complex searches in sophisticated databases, where the relevant information is extracted from “noisy” irrelevant content. (…)
If your organization is willing to subject all of your investment of time, funding, and hard work to the vagaries of risk and failure, then surfing through oceans of un-vetted information on the Internet is fine. But if you want to vastly improve your chances of success, whether it be identifying a lucrative research area or achieving regulatory approval, then it is time to urgently rethink your stale image of the trusted research librarian.”
Ben-Shir, Rya & Feng, Alexander. Reevaluating the role of the research librarian. Bio-ITWorld, Posted on September 27, 2011.
According a recent study, published in Research Trends.
“The title of a paper acts as a gateway to its content. It’s the first thing potential readers of the paper see, before deciding to move on to the abstract or full text. As academic authors want to maximize the readership of their papers it is unsurprising that they usually take a lot of care in choosing an appropriate title. But what makes a title draw in citations? (…)
Research Trends decided to conduct its own case study of scholarly papers published in Cell between 2006 and 2010, and their citations within the same window. (…)
Given that straightforwardly descriptive paper titles run the risk of being dull, some authors are tempted to spice them up with a touch of humour, which may be a pun, a play on words, or an amusing metaphor. (…)
In sum, the citation analysis of papers according to title characteristics is better at telling authors what to avoid than what to include. (…)
Our results, combined with others, suggest that a high-impact paper should be neither too short nor too long (somewhere between 30 and 40 characters appears to be the sweet spot for papers published in Cell).
It may also be advisable to avoid question marks and exclamation marks (though colons and commas do not seem to have a negative impact on subsequent citation). And even when you think you have a clever joke to work in to a title, it probably won’t help you gain citations.
Finally, while a catchy title can help get readers to look at your paper, it’s not going to turn a bad paper into a good one.
Huggett, Sarah. Heading for success: or how not to title your paper. Research Trends, September 2011. Online:
FUMSI has released in July a folio dedicated to the semantic web.
It is a collection of 4 articles, directed by Martin Belam.
The first part is composed with an “historical” article that Silver Oliver wrote in 2008 and where he predicted, for instance, the move from the pull to the push search paradigm, associated with “context-aware” applications. Let’s have a look to our current search environment in databases to see how various facets, semantic refine features, context-based apps, etc. have invaded the search interfaces and to understand how accurate were his predictions in 2008.
The rest of the folio introduces different technologies and standards that will change the Web in next months:
- HTML5, the markup language
- The Linked data “philosophy”
- Microformats to improve your publishing