Some implications of "digital" for academic publishing

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Is discovery the researcher’s dream?

A 16th-century illustration of Archimedes in his bath – not clear whether this is before or after his great discovery (public domain)

A special issue of UKSG Insights on discovery (Discovery is the Researcher’s Dream)  sounded promising, but it turned out simply to …

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 …

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

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 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 …

Discovering content in academic libraries

When you use an academic library catalogue, what are you actually searching?

The graphic shows the main search screen of Cambridge University Library, called iDiscover (actually powered by Primo). The user is presented with, as you might expect, a simple search box, and three options …

Evaluating recommender systems for academics

Amazon’s “frequently bought together” tool doesn’t inspire confidence: here Amazon recommends The Handmaid’s Tale and A Streetcar named Desire for anyone buying Hamlet.

Recommender systems are the El Dorado of the 21st century. Retailers, manufacturers, content aggregators such as Netflix and Spotify see recommendations as …

Match Things, not Strings!

This was one of the admirable principles enunciated by Anthony Groves in his recent Haystack Conference webinar on how to deliver relevant results from a content-rich website, which I wrote about here. Yet, as I will show, sometimes it’s not such a bad idea …

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