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 …

Charleston Briefings: a new short book format

The Web is full of ideas for self-improvement: how to be more efficient, more productive, more successful. One tip for reading more effectively is to read only short books (I’m not joking – there is a website that tells you which are the classic  novels …

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 Fiesole Retreat 2022: The role of the library

National Library of Greece, Athens (photo by Georgios Liakopoulos)

What are libraries for? If you are going to have a public discussion, why not start with the big questions, and that question came up repeatedly at the 2022 Fiesole Retreat, the first in three years, …

Learning about AI by doing it

The JISC Explore AI website

Here was a webinar with a crucial difference: in addition to a presentation of a topic, delegates had the chance to try some hands-on interactive tools for themselves, in addition to being given a guided journey through the building of …

Things you didn’t know about Google search

This is the engine we all use for general searching

In his introduction to Karen Blakeman’s talk about Google search tools (“Google’s Family of Databases”), Martin White suggested that nobody knows more about Google search than Karen Blakeman – not even Google. From …

Researcher to Reader: the first face-to-face event for two years

It seems strange to have chairs with nobody sitting on them, while the screen is busy; but better this than only virtual

Discussions will rage over the benefits and drawbacks of face-to-face and online conferences, but one way to deal with it is to offer …

“Wikipedia is based on evidence, not anecdotes”

This claim is common in Wikipedia discussions; most recently, I read it in an article  by Andy Tattersall on the LSE Impact of Social Science blog. I don’t disagree with the sentiment, but is it true of Wikipedia? You don’t have to look far to …

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