Emerging Reputation

Analysis of emerging reputation mechanisms for scholars is a six-month study for The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) in Seville, one of the European Commission's seven research institutes.

Traditionally, the scientific reputation of researchers is closely linked to successful publication in high-impact journals and the citations of those publications. Online, bibliometric indicators have developed as a mechanism for reputation. With new forms of working amid disruptive technologies do such conventional indicators reflect reputation and impact in the field of science?

The aim of this exploratory study is to outline future directions for research and practices in order to refine Digital Science 2.0 related policies and actions in Europe.

New Publications

Information Science Edited by David Nicholas, Eti Herman and published by Routledge on 27th June 2014 – 2,168 pages ISBN 978-0-415-68299-2

Evaluating information seeking and use in the changing virtual world: the emerging role of Google Analytics. DJ Clark, David Nicholas, Hamid R Jamali. Learned Publishing 01/2014; 27(3). DOI:10.1087/20140304


The 2014 ISIC conference will be held at the University of Leeds from 2–5 September, 2014. David Nicholas' keynote will focus on the big challenge for researchers, information professionals and publishers in the digital era: Trust and Authority.


David Nicholas has accepted an invitation to be a keynote speaker at Emerging Technologies in Academic Libraries 2015, an international conference, at Trondheim, Norway 20–22 April 2015, hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology University.


Medicine is currently undergoing a huge change by focusing on the integrated diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in individual patients. Personalised medicine is, in theory, evidence-based delivery at the right time to the right patient resulting in measurable improvement and a reduction in health care costs [1, 2]. The challenge is to deliver the benefits of personalised medicine to each individual.

p-medicine is a project co-funded by the European Community to integrate data into Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) models and pave the way to treatments that match each patient and their cognitive personalities. is a free online platform for oncology professionals incorporating an open-access journal, news, video and education. It includes ecancermedicalscience, a journal with a “pay what you can afford” publishing model,, the world's largest collection of oncology videos, and a patient focused website launced in 2013.

In 2014 CIBER will be working with ecancer and ecancerpatient, one of the 19 partners in the p-medicine project to evaluate the project.

Information on the Move

Smartphones and tablets, apps, cloud-based services, agile working: what are the implications of these emerging trends, in terms of privacy, security, accessibility, digital skills and job security? How do 'dinosaur' organisations respond? David Nicholas will be talking about 'the second digital transition' at a seminar organised by NetIKX on Tuesday 13 May 2014.

Trust at T&F

David Nicholas and Anthony Watkinson presented the findings of the Trust Report to the Directors and Publishers of Taylor & Francis Group on Thursday 8th May.

CIBER news — Mar–Apr 2014

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