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Driven by algorithms

"A metric-driven culture, which is standardising scholarly behaviour” is the theme of Monday's GHIG presentation from Dave Nicholas. He will cover strategies aimed at promoting a career and specialism, and building a reputation.

Typically associated with scholarly communication through journals, reputation building has become fixated on metrics such as citations and laterly, with social media, altmetrics. But how do we reconcile a reputation mechanism driven by algorithms with the building of trust and authority, surely the bedrock of science and scholarship?

GHIG in the sun

In addition to proficiency in research and teaching, academic success may increasingly depend on accomplishments in domains such as self-marketing, research administration and management, and acquiring research funding. The Graduate School of Human Interaction and Growth (GHIG), University of Bergen will be in Gran Canaria 24–31 January 2015 for a training program: “The many faces of academia – changing expectations for researchers”. Dave Nicholas will lead a session on Self-marketing and research communication.

Peer review

Researchers have made the trasition to digital media, but it has made little difference to their criteria for trust: peer review is still the most trustworthy characteristic of all. There is a common perception that open access means not a true peer reviewed journal, that social media is for personal interaction and peripheral to professional life.

David Nicholas, Anthony Watkinson, Hamid R. Jamali, Eti Herman, Carol Tenopir, Rachel Volentine, Suzie Allard, Kenneth Levine. 'Peer review: still king in the digital age'. Learned Publishing vol 28 nr 1 January 2015

citing and publishing

Researchers from the US and UK are negative towards the use of repositories and social media for publishing and sceptical about their potential for increasing usage or reaching a wider audience.

Hamid R. Jamali, David Nicholas, Anthony Watkinson, Eti Herman, Carol Tenopir, Kenneth Levine, Suzie Allard, Lisa Christian, Rachel Volentine, Reid Boehm, Frances Nichols. 'How scholars implement trust in their reading, citing and publishing activities: Geographical differences'. Library & Information Science Research 36 (2014)

CIBER news — September–December 2014

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