Some implications of "digital" for scholarly writing and publishing

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What makes a book or article significant?

Cover of the paperback edition of Nudge (2021,”final” edition)

The traditional measure of academic significance, invented way back in the 1960s, is the citation index. If a paper is cited, then it has significance for other researchers. If we count the citations, we get a …

The difference between an RFP and a restaurant menu

Photo by Drahomír Posteby-Mach on Unsplash

An excellent post from Adam Hyde (February 2022) pointed out one of the limitations of the request-for-proposal (RFP) process, used when a purchaser wishes buy a large-scale software solution.

As Hyde points out, one obvious limitation is that simply …

Why startups struggle in academic publishing

Graphic by Anna Vital at Adioma

Creating a startup looks so simple; an infographic can summarise it in a few steps. So why aren’t startups more successful in academic publishing?

This is a topic big enough for a whole book, but Gabe Stein of Knowledge …

Using AI tools can make research more efficient

The growth of publishing in the field of sociology over the last thirty years (from Inside Higher Education)

You couldn’t quibble with that title – at least, that’s what I thought, until I was reading about Paper Digest, an AI tool that creates …

What impact does AI have on academic publishing? A new survey

This survey, produced by the Enago Academy, is a thorough and detailed look at the use of AI in academic publishing (the completed survey, “Role and Impact of AI on the Future of Academic Publishing”, is available for download here). While AI tools …

The Myth of Artificial Intelligence

Erik J Larson has written a passionate attack on the current fashion for AI. For him, the myth of AI is assuming that the current AI-based utilities we have developed can be extended into AGI (artificial general intelligence). His arguments are quite compelling, although, as …

The Search Strategies Conference: where next for search?

The most startling slide from the event: users are not happy with Enterprise Search (from Martin White’s presentation)

Anyone interested in search and discovery is spoilt for choice at present. First, the excellent Haystack conference on open-source search, and now the wonderful BCS Information Retrieval …

From Recommendation Engines to self-knowledge

This is a book that packs a punch – although it’s not quite the punch the reader might expect. Published in the MIT “Essential Knowledge” series, Michael Schrage’s Recommendation Engines moves from ancient Greece to the recommender systems we are familiar with today – and …

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 …

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 …

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