Saturday, 28 June 2008

BURO - Getting Started - Hints and Tips Part One

1) Search BURO to see if you already have any records

We having been adding material to BURO centrally from a variety of sources, including legacy databases of publications held by Schools. Unless you are a new member of staff there is a good chance some of your publications will be on BURO already.

2) Check to see any existing information on BURO is accurate

If you want to make changes or upload full text files please contact Matt Holland. You can't edit or change these records because they are 'owned' by the editorial staff who created them. All records you enter you will have full control over.

3) Check your profile

Records on BURO are linked to your Profile using two key fields:

  • your Bournemouth University e-mail address - finds all records attributed to you

  • your Research Centre or School if you do not belong to a Research Centre - finds all records attributed to your Research Centre.

It is important these are accurate. You may find these have already been entered. There is a brief tutorial here on how to check.

Who is the greatest ...

In step with other trends in globalisation, patterns of research production across the world are changing, reports Research Trends. The USA's share of research articles, though still dominant at c22%, is declining with rises in the output in the Asia/Pacific regions. However, The USA still produces the most cited research.


Research Trends home page - displays the latest issue, with links to previous issues.

Friday, 27 June 2008

Caution in using Citation Statistics

Citation Statistics (Alder et al. 2008) is a timely reminder, in view of the new style Research Excellence Framework [REF], successor to the Research Assessment Exercise [RAE], of the limitations of using citations as a basis for assessing research quality.

The report - which has an excellent Executive Summary - points out that statistics can be misapplied, misunderstood and misused. In addition statistics are not inherently objective - a point perhaps more widely accepted in the Social Sciences - they can in fact be as subjective as the process of peer review. Citation analysis can only be an indicator of research impact, on its own it tells us nothing about the research itself. In the words of the report it gives a shallow picture.

The authors emphasise the crude nature of journal Impact Factors as a measure of research quality. They could of added that in some discipline areas most research is published in journals without Impact Factors. In addition their is a confusion in the minds of some between Impact Factors - having an article published in a journal with an IF - and number of citations for an individual article. Warnings are also posted about the nature of h and other indexes.


Research Information. 2008. Report cautions against the over-reliance on citation statistics. Research Information. 20 June 2008. Available from: [Accessed: 27 June 2008].

Alder, R., Ewing, J. and Taylor, P., 2008. Citation Statistics:A report from the International Mathematical Union (IMU) in cooperation with the International Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Available from: [Accessed:27 June 2008].

2collab and ScienceDirect

Elsevier have stepped up the integration between their bookmarking tool 2collab and their database offerings including ScienceDirect - Bournemouth University has a subscription. ScienceDirect already allows you to bookmark directly into 2collab and now displays an information box with 2collab ratings, tags, comments and groups. Its very neat - but early days. A random test could not locate any items bookmarked in 2collab.

2collab can be used to bookmark items across the web not just Elsevier products. However, as an Elsevier product it has privileged position on the interfaces of their bibliographic database including ScienceDirect, Scopus and Engineering Village.