Monday, October 22, 2012

ORCID has officially launched

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an initiative started in 2010 aimed at "providing a registry of persistent unique identifiers for researchers and scholars and automating linkages to research objects such as publications, grants, and patents."

Frequently Asked Questions

Friday, October 19, 2012

How today’s higher education faculty use social media

Pearson and the Babson Survey Research Group have released a survey on higher education faculty use social media. View the whole survey here (free registration required)

Highlights from the Executive Summary:
  • Young faculty members use social media at rates much higher than the rates for older faculty,a pattern that holds true for personal use, professional use, and use in teaching. 
  • Faculty match different sites to their different needs; the sites they visit most often for personal use (Facebook), professional use (LinkedIn), and for use for in teaching (Blogs and Wikis) are all different.
  • The use of social media among faculty is fluid and evolving. The mix of sites being used is changing over time. In 2011 Facebook was the most visited site for faculty professional purposes; by 2012 this has been replaced by LinkedIn. 
  • One area where adoption is almost universal is in the use of video for classes. Whether it is used in a class session or assigned for viewing outside of class, faculty are enthusiastic adopters of video. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cite feature in Google Scholar

Scholar now offers the ability to format the articles in APA, MLA or Chicago style in one click.
To copy a formatted citation, click on the “Cite” link below a search result ( or click on More as the screenshot below illustrates) and select from the available citation styles

For more styles don't forget that you can export the scholar article references to a citation management software.

Monday, October 15, 2012

2012 Nobel Prize in Economics

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel

has been awarded jointly to

Friday, October 5, 2012

American Publishers and Google reach an agreement

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) and Google announced a settlement agreement that will provide access to publishers' in-copyright books and journals digitized by Google for its Google Library Project. The dismissal of the lawsuit will end seven years of litigation.