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How TrendMD uses collaborative filtering to show relatedness

TrendMD is (as its website states) “a content recommendation engine for scholarly publishers, which powers personalized recommendations for thousands of sites”. An interesting blog post by Matt Cockerill of TrendMD (published February 2016) claims “TrendMD’s collaborative filtering engine improves clickthrough rates 272% compared to a standard …

The Journal Impact Factor and the Publishing Business

The Journal Impact Factor has been discussed, and criticized, for years. A recent Scholarly Kitchen article looks at another proposal for improving the impact factor (Optical Illusions, 21 July 2016). This is by no means the first suggested improvement to the impact factor …

How many open-access articles and books are there?

It is a sign of the maturity of open access that good, reliable figures are available. The latest stats from OASPA, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Assocation, reveal that there were 160,995 open-access articles published in 2015. What do they mean by OA? OASPA counts …

Did anyone read my article? Did it have any impact?

Elsevier Library Connect Research Impact Metrics Cards

Any author will ask questions such as the ones above, and academic authors are no exception. In one sense, we have better answers than were possible just 20 years ago. Although thousands of copies of print books are sold per year, in those days there …

Open Access: just where are we today?

Just as you think that Open Access has come of age:  discussions have all been concluded, funding and administrative bodies such as the EU (in Europe) and HEFCE and RCUK (in the UK) have mandated it, you attend an event like this and realise that …

A day in the Life of a (Serious) Researcher

 

How do researchers really look for and find content for their research? That’s a pretty fundamental question! So I turned to the research project “A Day in the Life of a (Serious) Researcher” with great anticipation to identify that part of the …

One way of dealing with the rising price of textbooks

Textbooks (Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

 

Textbook prices are increasing steadily – so what should we do about it?

An interesting article in the Financial Times (Monday 16 May 2016) “Rising Price of Textbooks reaches a tipping point”, reveals the problem and one tutor’s response. US Census Bureau …

A Sparrho in the library?

The Sparrho team

Sparrho (www.sparrho.com) is a discovery tool for researchers. The user registers their interests and Sparrho provides them with “feeds” (largely abstracts, cut can be videos or papers) of relevant content. So clearly Sparrho appears to meet a need. 

They claim it replaces Electronic Table of Contents …

Access to Research – the ALPSP answer

 

There is an article in the latest issue of Learned Publishing, the journal of the ALPSP, a trade association representing academic publishers, entitled “Access to Research: an innovative and successful initiative by the UK publishing industry”. That’s all you will learn about this …

Finding scholarly articles: “if it’s important, it will find me”

An article by Kent Anderson in Scholarly Kitchen reviewed four of the megajournals (although by the end of a longish article, he decided that there was only really one megajournal: PLOS ONE, which is today publishing around 100 articles per day, or 36,500 articles …

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