Monday, December 19, 2011

Twitter for Academics, a 'how to' guide from LSE

Can anything of academic value ever be said in just 140 characters?

The LSE Public Policy Group and the LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog seeks to answer this question, and show academics and researchers how to get the most out of the micro-blogging site. The Guide is designed to lead the novice through the basics of Twitter but also provide tips on how it can aid the teaching and research of the more experienced academic tweeter. [full press release]

Monday, December 12, 2011

WRDS community


WRDS is pleased to announce a new WRDS Community & WRDS Research Page

WRDS Community offers the global network of WRDS users a place to share ideas, collaborate, find colleagues with similar interests, link to their publications on SSRN and discuss upcoming research trends. It’s designed to be an interactive knowledge exchange where you can share expertise, network with other top-level financial data researchers and learn from peers.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Rent an Article!

Cambridge Journals has announced an article rental offer providing "Low-cost access to peer-reviewed research papers from leading academic journals"

Article Rental is open to anyone, anywhere in the world no subscription to any Cambridge title is required.

After registering on the site users may purchase articles online for just €4.49, $5.99 or £3.99 for a 24h access only. The PDF files cannot be downloaded, printed, or cut-and-pasted.

Cambridge Journals

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Google Scholar Citations open to all!

Use Google Scholar Citation to
  • Track citations to your publications 
  • View publications by colleagues 
  • Appear in Google Scholar search results
From the announcement:
Here’s how it works. You can quickly identify which articles are yours, by selecting one or more groups of articles that are computed statistically. Then, we collect citations to your articles, graph them over time, and compute your citation metrics - the widely used h-index; the i-10 index, which is simply the number of articles with at least ten citations; and, of course, the total number of citations to your articles. Each metric is computed over all citations and also over citations in articles published in the last five years.
You will need to login with a Google account, by default your profile is private but you can decide to make it public.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Book Citation Index is released

The book citation index has been launched as part of the Web of Knowledge

It covers 25,000 books in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities dating back to 2005.
13.5 million additional cited references will appear inWeb of Knowledge as a result of this launch.  
Coverage is expected to rise to 30,000 books by the end of 2011, with 10,000 new books added each year.

What's in it?
  • The Book Citation Index will cover only scholarly books that present fully referenced articles of original research, or reviews of the literature. 
  • The Book Citation Index will cover both series and non-series books.
  • The Science Edition of the Book Citation Index will include books with copyright from the current or previous five (5) years (e.g. 2010-2005)
  • The Social Science & Humanities Edition of the Book Citation Index will include books with copyright from the current or previous seven (7) years.
For a full explanation of the selection process click here.
For the Master Book List and a list of publishers covered click here.
For the press release click here.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Kindle Fire: Amazon's tablet is out!

Amazon announced yesterday the release of the Kindle Fire, its new tablet. It will be available on November 15 at $199.  

Authors sue the HathiTrust

The HathiTrust is an initiative from a variety of academic institutions to 'build a reliable and increasingly comprehensive digital archive of library materials'.
On September 12, the Authors Guild, the Australian Society of Authors, the Union Des Écrivaines et des Écrivains Québécois (UNEQ), and eight individual authors filed a law suit against HathiTrust, the University of Michigan, the University of California, the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and Cornell University for copyright infringement. 
HathiTrust Logo

This page has the legal documents and various reactions to that lawsuit.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

E-textbooks: another project

Indiana University has released a summary of two years of research on their E-Textbook project.

About 60% of the students surveyed said they preferred the e-textbook to a paper textbook, although this ranged from a high of 84% to a low of 36% depending upon the course.

Factors influencing preference for e-textbooks:
Ability for instructor to annotate and share with the class:
Sustainability (reducing paper)
Weight of Books
Student Annotations

See also Chronicle article on the topic:
The university requires certain students to purchase e-textbooks and negotiates unusually low prices by promising publishers large numbers of sales—now has the participation of major textbook publishers, and university officials plan to expand the effort.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hacking the Academy

Hacking the Academy, a book crowdsourced in one week

In May 2010 the two authors Dan Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt asked online:
Can an algorithm edit a journal? Can a library exist without books? Can students build and manage their own learning management platforms? Can a conference be held without a program? Can Twitter replace a scholarly society?
They picked the best submissions (over 300 received in one week) and posted the volume online. Click here for more about the methodology. This initiative comes from the University of Michigan Digital Culture project.

Here are some shortcuts to the main chapters:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

From Scroll to Screen

We’re witnessing the bibliographical equivalent of the rapture. If anything we may be lowballing the weirdness of it all.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Case Study and the Tablet

The B-School Case Study Gets a Digital Makeover
'Tablet technology is beginning to transform case studies from straightforward narratives into complex and changeable plots—a metamorphosis nearly a century in the making.'
This BusinessWeek article describes how some B-schools are using digital tablet platforms (iPads, Kindles) to deliver course materials and case studies in particular.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Google Scholar Citations

Google's answer to ResearcherID?
We use a statistical model based on author names, bibliographic data, and article content to group articles likely written by the same author. You can quickly identify your articles using these groups. After you identify your articles, we collect citations to them, graph these citations over time, and compute your citation metrics.
Full Google announcement - Help & FAQ page
Sample pages:Albert EinsteinMargaret MeadAlonzo Church

This is still in development and open only to a small number of users. You can still sign up to be notified when the service is open to all.

Under attack: Sony, CIA....JSTOR?!

Corporations and government have recently been under intense hacker attacks and now Academia is also a target: programmer and internet activist Aaron Swartz has been indicted for illegally downloading millions of articles from JSTOR via a MIT account.
This statement from the US justice department states:
AARON SWARTZ, 24was charged in an indictment with wire fraud, computer fraud, unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer, and recklessly damaging a protected computer. If convicted on these charges, SWARTZ faces up to 35 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, restitution, forfeiture and a fine of up to $1 million

JSTOR is not pressing charges and has issued this statement
See also New York Times article: Internet Activist Charged in MIT Data Theft

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Google+ Project

Google's new project Google+ while still available 'on invitation only' is growing fast and is already considered for use in the classroom according to this article.

It is also starting to get less enthusiastic coverage

Interactive tour.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Top 10 management journals by impact factor

2010 Journal Citation Reports - Available NowThe 2010 Journal Citation Report from Thomson Reuters has just been released.
  • Covers more than 9,100 journals from over 2,200 publishers in approximately 230 disciplines from 78 countries.
  • The Sciences Edition covers over 6,500 journals; the Social Sciences Edition covers over 1,900.
  • Cited and citing journal statistics from 1997 forward.
Access the Journal Citation Report on the Library page to view more rankings by disciplines.

Top 10 management journals by impact:

  1. Academy of Management Review
  2. Academy of Management Annals 
  3. Academy of Management Journal
  4. Journal of Operations Management
  5. MIS Quarterly
  6. Research in Organizational Behavior
  7. Organizational Research Methods
  8. Journal of International Business Studies
  9. Journal of Business Logistics
  10. Journal of Management Studies  

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New Digital Partners: Google and the British Library

Per the agreement, 250 000 out-of-copyright titles representing 40 million pages from 1700-1870, from the French Revolution to the end of slavery will be digitized.
Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc, The Natural History of the Hippopotamusor River horse. 1775 (2), British Library Board
Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc, The Natural History of the Hippopotamusor River horse. 1775 (2), British Library Board
"Once digitised, these unique items will be available for full text search, download and reading through Google Books, as well as being searchable through the Library’s website and stored in perpetuity within the Library’s digital archive."[Click for full press release]

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity

A 2011 McKinsey report shows that:
Analyzing large data sets—so called big data—will become a key basis of competition, underpinning new waves of productivity growth, innovation, and consumer surplus as long as the right policies and enablers are in place.
Google's chief economist Hal Varian has been reported as saying that "the sexy job of the next ten years will be statisticians" [p.103]

Top-Ten IT Issues in Higher Education: 2011Survey

Top-Ten IT Issues, 2011 - Educause survey

Top-Ten IT Issues, 2011

1.   Funding IT
2.   Administrative/ERP/Information Systems
3.   Teaching and Learning with Technology
4.   Security
5.   Mobile Technologies
6.   Agility/Adaptability/Responsiveness
7.   Governance, Portfolio/Project Management
8.   Infrastructure/Cyberinfrastructure
9.   Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity
10.  Strategic Planning
Full text of the survey in HTML or PDF

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

American Economic Association drops double-blind peer review process

"The American Economic Association announced last week that it is ending "double blind" peer review, the traditional system in the social sciences in which authors of submitted articles are not known to reviewers, nor are reviewers known to authors. Political Analysis, a key journal in political science, is making a similar shift."
Full article from Inside Higher Ed.  
AEA announcement

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Higher education presidents not strongest supporters of tenure

The survey was conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Social and Demographic Trends Project in association with the Chronicle of Higher Education in March and April this year.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

What makes a good App? A usability survey

Web design guru Jakob Nielsen has released a new and free survey: Usability of iPad Apps and Websites (2nd edition).
As reported in this RWW article:  It provides an " in-depth analysis about how people are using iPads. As is usual with Nielsen reports, it also lustily lists all the design flaws that his users found - such as touchable areas that are too small, low discoverability and "swipe ambiguity."

Monday, May 16, 2011

Corporate Recruiters Survey 2011

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has released its Corporate Recruiters Survey 2011 report.
    Read the latest report.
  • School ranking comes before academic quality for MBA recruiters (see related article from CNN Money)
  • Globally, more companies are hiring in 2011 and the average number of new hires is expected to increase. 
  • In 2011, European companies are poised to exceed the average annual starting salary that US employers plan to offer MBA graduates.
  • Demand for MBA graduates in the United States is expected to be strongest in the finance, accounting, health care, pharmaceutical, consulting, and high-tech sectors; in Europe, energy and utilities; and in Asia, high technology, products and services, finance, and accounting. 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Amazon announces Kindle Library Lending Program

At A Glance image

Press relase from Amazon and from Overdrive, digital distributor of eBooks for many libraries, and Amazon's partner in this program.

The release is planned for later this year in the US.

Annual Reviews white paper

A white paper from Annual Reviews publisher:
"The paper draws on a survey of early-career researchers to examine their approach to academic literature, such as how and why they read it, how much time they dedicate to it, what informs their reading choices, and how they assess quality. "
Annual Reviews White Paper
Click to read

Monday, April 11, 2011

AAUP Faculty Salary report – 2010/2011

Per the press release, the results of the latest AAUP survey:
“…are only marginally better than last year and represent the continuation of a historic low period for faculty salaries. For the second consecutive year, the overall average salary level increased at a rate less than inflation, and this is the fifth of the last seven years in which overall faculty salaries declined in purchasing power.”
Top Private Universities in Faculty Salaries for Full Professors, 2010-11

Average Salary
1. Harvard University
2. Columbia University
3. University of Chicago
4. Stanford University
5. Princeton University

Top Public Universities in Pay for Full Professors, 2010-11

Average Salary
1. New Jersey Institute of Technology
2. University of California at Los Angeles
3. University of California at Berkeley
4. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
5. University of Maryland at Baltimore

Adapated from Losing Ground on Salary (Inside Higher Ed. article)

Monday, April 4, 2011

SciVal Strata: new tool to measure academic performance


Elsevier announces a new tool to "measure individual or team performance using customizable indicators."

Another study questions the impact of open access journals

Mr. Philip M. Davis, a researcher in the department of communication at Cornell University, publishes a study in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology journal and concludes that "open access publishing may reach more readers than subscription access publishing, although additional readership may not translate into more citations."

Friday, March 18, 2011

Milestone: more people get their news online than in print

The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism has released its latest report on the "State of the Media." 

The study finds that, "When it came to any kind of news, 46% of people now say they get news online at least three times a week, surpassing newspapers (40%) for the first time."

Source: Nielsen Media Research, Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, Audit Bureau of Circulation

Monday, March 7, 2011

Professional Ranking of World Universities

2011 results of the Ecole des Mines ranking. This is the fifth edition, for previous years click here.
This school ranking is based on the number of alumni now CEOs (or equivalent) on the Fortune 500 2010 list.

Top 5

  1. Harvard
  2. Tokyo
  3. Keio
  4. HEC, France
  5. Kyoto

Friday, March 4, 2011

NYU Stern drops GMAT requirement for EMBAs

Like Chicago Booth, Kellogg, Cornell's Johnson or others, Stern now drops GMAT requirement for EMBAs

Monday, February 14, 2011

Higher Education Emerging Technologies for 2011

Per Educause press release:
Each year, the Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education and creative expression over the next one to five years. The areas of emerging technology cited for 2011 are:
Time to adoption: One Year or Less
  • Electronic Books
  • Mobiles
Time to adoption: Two to Three Years
  • Augmented Reality
  • Game-based Learning
Time to adoption: Four to Five Years
  • Gesture-based Computing
  • Learning Analytics

Does online access boost citations?

This is the question posed by two researchers in their working paper:
Did Online Access to Journals Change the Economics Literature? (SSRN)

Mark McCabe, adjunct professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Information, and Christopher Snyder, economics professor at Dartmouth College question the often reported 'citation advantage' to publishing in online open-access journals.

This Steve Kolowich article explains more about the study and its potential  impact for the proponents of open-access publishing.