How (not) to incentivise open research

Lizzie Gadd makes the case for open research being required not rewarded. I recently attended two events: the first was a workshop run by the ON-MERRIT team, a Horizon 2020 project seeking to understand how open research practices might actually worsen existing inequalities. And the second was the UKRI Enhancing Research Culture event at which I …

2021 LIS-Bibliometrics Conference Wrap Up

2021's LIS B conference, like many things this year, required some changes. As we moved the conference online, we had to figure out which platform would be the easiest to use for presenters and attendees, how best to accommodate presenters in multiple time zones, and what we would do if all of the more than …

Guest post: Why research supporters can sign DORA too

Liam Bullingham from Edge Hill University encourages staff involved in supporting research to sign DORA as individuals. This post considers the adoption of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) by both universities and individuals, specifically research supports such as librarians. The paradox of some institutions signing but doing little to act, and individuals …

The New Competencies Model for Bibliometrics

LIS-Bibliometrics Committee members Barbara S. Lancho Barrantes, Hannelore Vanhaverbeke and Silvia Dobre discuss the new bibliometrics competencies model, why it was updated, and the changes made to it. The “Competencies for bibliometrics” paper was first published online in the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science in 2017 and informed the original Competencies Model for Bibliometric …

Citation-based search tools: the sky is the limit, but what do we need?

Cecile Janssens, co-developer of the citation-based search tool CoCites, discusses how such a tool can rapidly and accurately identify relevant scientific articles based on citation and co-citation frequency. Janssens also elaborates on how CoCites can improve its efficiency, intuitiveness, accountability, and reproducibility. When you search ‘KL622’ in Google, you get the travel details of the …