Friday, 14 March 2008

New Versions Policy for BURO

BURO now has a Versions Policy. The policy defines which versions should normally be included in BURO and how they will be managed. Please do give feedback via the blog if you have any thoughts or questions.

BURO Versions Policy
Version Identification Framework [VIF]
Version Identification: A Growing Problem - article on versions

Intute - also for Research Methods

Intute is a database of 'quality' approved websites for UK Higher Education. It covers Science and Technology, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Health and Life Sciences. If you Browse Subjects and select Research Tools and Methods you find c800 relevant sites. It breaks down into sub topics, Qualitative Methods and Quantitative Methods and if that wasn't enough you can filter results by resources type. So Browse by subject to Qualitative Methods and filter by Software for example give you a list of major providers and tools for qualitative analysis.



Thursday, 13 March 2008

researchtrends Newsletter

researchtrends, published by Scopus is now in Issue 3. It has some interesting things to say about the measurement of research output/quality, including a short piece raising the question as to what extent measurement distorts publishing behaviour. Perhaps proof of Goodhart's Law, when something is measured its information value diminishes. From the comparative foothills of a 'new university' you can also find out how well UK universities are doing in the THES World Rankings. There is an option to subscribe to researchtrends as an e-mail.

Sage eReference

This multidisciplinary resource with a strong social science focus consists of a collection of over 60 reference books and encyclopedias published by Sage.

The collection includes three titles specifically on research methods the Encyclopedia of Evaluation, the Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics and Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods. Research methods and research approaches is also covered in articles subject specific works.

Sage eReference together with Blackwell Reference Online and IESBS provide excellent access to scholarship in the Social Sciences.


TopCited Articles from SCOPUS

A fascinating tool from SCOPUS. TopCited lists the most cited articles by discipline over the past 3, 4 and 5 years. Well worth a look. A quick review provides evidence for the assertion that there are wide disciplinary differences in citation counts. Taking a sample of subjects of interest to BU and using the last fives year as a base (2004 - 2008) here are the results in descending order:

  1. Computer Science - most cited article 3322 citations

  2. Nursing - most cited article 369 citations

  3. Social Sciences - most cited article 212 citations

  4. Health Professions - most cited article 181 citations

  5. Economics, Econometrics and Finance - most cited article 175 citations

  6. Business, Management and Accounting - most cited article 175 citations

  7. Psychology - most cited article 170 citations

  8. Arts and Humanities - most cited article 125 citations

There is also some (slightly unscientific) evidence that the rate of accrual of citations varies between disciplines. Again listing the same subjects in descending order by rate of accrual:

  1. Psychology acquiring 100 % of year 5 citations by year 4

  2. Nursing acquiring 97.56 % of year 5 citations by year 4

  3. Economics, Econometrics and Finance acquiring 93.71 % of year 5 citations by year 4

  4. Health Professions acquiring 74.03 % of year 5 citations by year 4

  5. Business, Management and Accounting acquiring 53.14 % of year 5 citations by year 4

  6. Arts and Humanities acquiring 45.60 % of year 5 citations by year 4

  7. Social Sciences acquiring 43.87 % of year 5 citations by year 4

  8. Computer Science acquiring 33.99 % of year 5 citations by year 4

What do we learn? Well great care must be taken in comparing citation counts and there will be some challenges in trying to ascertain a norm for multi and inter disciplinary subjects.

Note the University does not currently subscibe to SCOPUS.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

British Library - Higher Education Newsletter

British Library Newsletter with information for visitors over the busy Easter period.