Some implications of "digital" for scholarly writing and publishing

Category: infographics

How to use Pevsner’s Buildings of England

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Lincoln Cathedral, crossing tower

What is a reference work for?  Below I give some examples of reference works that I think have lost sight of their original function over the years.

Wikipedia gives a good definition of a reference work:


Why concept maps may not be such a good idea

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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 …

Where do review articles fit within the scholarly user journey?

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The academic research journey must be one of the most studied aspects of higher education. One of the most impressive visually was the infographic by Jeroen Bosman and Bianca Kramer in 2016 (for example a presentation at the Force2016 Conference), showing …

Sparklines: Beautiful Evidence or Muddled Graphics?

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Do you understand this graphic? It is an example of a sparkline, by Edward Tufte. Tufte was, if not the originator of sparklines, one of its earliest advocates. He wrote about them in his book Beautiful Evidence (2006); he defines sparklines as …

Don’t make me think! Revisited

Reading Time: 4 minutesThis is the latest in a series looking at classic technology titles. For another example click here

Don’t Make me Think! That title! There are few examples in publishing of a book title catching your attention and at the same …

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