Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Papersinvited - migrates to CSA Illumina

Papersinvited consists of detailed information and deadlines about calls for papers for forthcoming conferences and special issues of scholarly journals. The database serves as an alerting service for researchers, scholars and students that are seeking opportunities to present and publish their research. Approximately 10,000 conferences are listed each year along with 1,200-1,500 special issues.

The CSA interface provides an effective search with the option of a personal alert can be set-up based on any number of keywords and parameters that generates an email notification of newly-announced conferences and publications of interest; new content is added three times per month.

Intute - Repository Search

Intute Repository Search - IRS is a beta version of a UK search engine for institutional repositories. IRS searches 92 repositories or using Advanced Search you can select individual repositories - like BURO - or groups of repositories.

The availability of full text from the results of an IRS search is determined by the host repositories, a percentage of records are without full text access. Useful is the 'Most Popular' keyword tag cloud - although these are currently drawn from searches of Intute's internet resouces database.

IRS allows you to repeat searches in other institutional repository search engines DAREnet (Netherlands), BASE - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (German - with European and international coverage) and OAIster (US - wth international coveage including BURO).


BASE - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
Intute Repository Search - IRS

ICT Guides - Arts and Humanities Data Service [AHDS]

ICT Guides is a service offered by the Arts and Humanities Data Service
(AHDS) at King's College, London - soon to be the Centre for eResearch.
It seeks to promote the use of ICTs in research and learning through
cataloguing digital arts and humanities projects along with the tools and
methods they employed. A number of new projects have been added to ICT Guides list of projects here.

The ICT website offers an option to drill down to projects using their research methodology as a key, and a directory of research centres using ICT.

More information about ICT in the Arts and Humanities can be found on the AHRC website - ICT in Arts and Humanities Research. The UK's annual conference on this topic is Digital Resources for Humanities and Arts [DRHA] - the September 2008 conference has just put out its call for papers.

EndNote - page numbers in text ciations

You may come across a situation in Cite While You Write [CWYW] where you want to add a page number after a quote. The EndNote Help appears to miss out a crucial step that sends users round in circles. Heres how to do it

  1. Click on the reference you want to edit

  2. Go to Tools > Endnote > Edit References

  3. Type the page number in the Suffix field but put a comma space BEFORE the number followed by , p. This should produce (Holland, p. 123)

  4. Crucially - if you just put in the page number without spaces or punctuation it will not display. The minimum you must enter is SPACE PAGE NUMBER.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008 from ISI Web of Knowledge is available to institutions who have have a subscription to ISI Web of Knowledge (Bournemouth University has a subscription). To use the service you have to register for a unique account. Completing the registration process generates an ID that forms your ResearcherID address there after you can access your ID by going directly to logging in with your e-mail and Password.

  • ResearcherID works with the institutional subscription to ISI Web of Knowledge [WOK] to allow you to search for your publications in WOK and add them to your ResearchID profile. You need to log into WOK first and access your profile from WOK.

  • You can upload references from your own database using an RIS file. References can be exported from software like EndNote in the correct RIS format and then imported into ResearcherID.

  • The ResearchID tool creates Citation Metrics for your publications: number of times cited, average citations per article, and h-index.

Why is a ResearcherID a good idea?

  • ResearchID provides a single address for your profile

  • ResearchID overcomes problems of misdirection - missing citations or including citations written by other researchers with similar or identical names

  • ResearchID creates a single point from which to generate metrics - saving the effort of searching and compiling citation analysis each time they are required.

Are there any problems?

  • ResearcherID does not handle non journal article publications. You can still add them to your profile, but it won't generate metrics even if they have been cited.

Special Note for EndNote Users

To get an RIS format out of EndNote

  • Select RefMan RIS Export output style

  • Export selected references as a .txt file

  • From your ResaercherID site - login via WOK and use the RIS Import utility to uplaod the file.

To get your references from BURO

  • Search for your references in BURO - use author search

  • Export selected references as an EndNote format

  • From EndNote edit your list of references to your own satisfaction and the Export as RIS and Import into ResearcherID.

EndNote Help Pages

Webometrics Rankings

Webometrics generates rankings based on a quantative analysis of the web. Their methodology is explained on their website. Briefly the measures are:

  1. Size (S) - number of webapages

  2. Visibility (V) - number of external links in also known as inlinks

  3. Rich Files (R) - number of full text files e.g. .pdf's

  4. Scholar (Sc) - number of papers and ciations for each academic domain

The rank is calculated using the following equation,

Webometrics Rank (position)= 4*RankV+2*RankS+1*RankR+1*RankSc

Bournemouth University's World Rank is 1136 and European Rank is 461. The same methodology is applied to institutuional repositories listing the World Top 200 Repositories. The Top UK university in this ranking is the University of Southampton Eprints.


University of Southampton Eprints