Thinking about Digital Publishing

Some implications of "digital" for academic publishing

Scott Galloway, The Four

I set out to discover just what makes Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google tick, but I abandoned the book once I had discovered what made the author tick.

Finesse is not Scott Galloway’s strong point. The Four (2017) claims to explain what we can learn …

Adding links automatically

Examples of links to topic pages from articles on Science Direct – see, for example, “fullerenes”.

Should you add functionality just because you can? Here is an example of why perhaps you should not. Todd Carpenter has written an excellent post on Scholarly Kitchen about …

Are human indexers obsolete?

They say that the English Lake poets, Wordsworth and Coleridge, only celebrated the natural beauty of the landscape because that landscape was under threat and rapidly disappearing. Perhaps the same is true of the book index. Dennis Duncan’s book (Index, A History of the

Is Google better for research than Google Scholar?


Figure 1: Search on Google for “academic resources searching”

Sometimes an academic article delivers results that are so much at odds with your common sense that you immediately try to see holes in the argument.

Take, for example, an article in the Journal of Academic

Is a manual index worth doing?

Note: I found Duncan’s book so fascinating that I subsequently wrote a much longer post about the book and the issues it raises.

That question is not exactly what Dennis Duncan has answered in his new book (Index, a history of the: A Bookish

Is the future of academic publishing an octopus?

A 17th-century coffee house (Wikipedia, public domain). Although Wikipedia claims it is an English coffee house, the caption clearly states Paris.

I have a lovely mental image of the Enlightenment in full swing. Inside a coffee house in Edinburgh, or Paris, a group of like-minded …

Why concept maps may not be such a good idea

EBSCO Concept Map

I don’t have access to the EBSCO Discovery Service, but above is an example screenshot provided by EBSCO as an example. A concept map (or knowledge graph) is just a visual collection of links. Sometimes, as here, there is no differentiation between …

How to improve Peer Review

The US Supreme Court Building (photo by Joe Ravi, CC BY-SA 3.0)

The peer review system is a mess, but there is no single cause of the problem. A very interesting paper from Anna Rogers and Isabelle Augenstein reads at times like a cri-de-coeur – …

How Academics discover new content

Cover of the 2021 edition

Imagine you are a researcher, studying, say, bird migration. How do you find out about new papers on your topic? You have written a PhD on the subject, which enabled you to become familiar with all the recent research on …

What became of Information Scientists?

I started fondly reminiscing (as one does) as I listened to Martin White and Sandra Ward last week at this year’s UKeiG’s annual conference, talking about their collaboration on a history of the Institution for Information Science (IIS), until I thought: what happened to all …

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