Following his initial post on this topic in 2015, Wasim Ahmed has updated and expanded his rundown of the tools available to social scientists looking to analyse social media data. A number of new applications have been released in the intervening period, with the increasing complexity of certain research questions also having prompted some tools to increase their data retrieval […]
Spotlighting Research Data: Building Relationships with Outreach for the NYU Data Catalog
This is a guest post by Nicole Contaxis, Data Catalog Coordinator at NYU Health Sciences Library. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. An increasing number of publishers and grant-funding organizations are requiring researchers to share their data, so libraries and other institutions are creating tools and strategies to support researchers in this effort. To meet […]
Reading List: The role of arts and literature in developing creative societies #LSELitFest
This week is the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival with the theme inspired by the anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia. The free events taking place all week will explore the power of dreams and the imagination and the importance of idealism, dissidence, escapism and nostalgia, as well as the benefits of looking at the world in different ways. Arts and literature are deeply […]
We want to hear from you! Quick five-minute community survey for LSE Impact Blog readers.
Here at the LSE Impact Blog, we are currently taking stock of how we do things and how the blog might be improved. We’ve reached some great milestones in the last year and we want to give a big thanks to all our readers and contributors. Since we launched in 2012, your thoughts on social media, scholarly communication and academic impact have allowed us to create a […]
How to write a blogpost from your journal article in eleven easy steps.
You’ve just published a research article – why should you bother writing a blog post about it? Patrick Dunleavy argues that if you’ve devoted months to writing the paper, dealing with comments, doing rewrites and hacking through the publishing process, why would you not spend the extra couple of hours crafting an accessible blogpost? Here he breaks down in eleven easy steps […]
How to write a killer conference abstract: The first step towards an engaging presentation.
Helen Kara responds to our previously published guide to writing abstracts and elaborates specifically on the differences for conference abstracts. She offers tips for writing an enticing abstract for conference organisers and an engaging conference presentation. Written grammar is different from spoken grammar. Remember that conference organisers are trying to create as interesting and stimulating an event as they can, and […]
The Organized Mind: How to better structure our time in the age of social media and constant distraction.
The information age is drowning us in a deluge of data, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate facts from pseudo-facts, objective from biased sources, and at the same time, we’re all being asked to do more at home and at work. Daniel Levitin reviews the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory, presents the differences between mind-wandering mode and […]
Essential Guide: How to start an Open Access journal in five steps
As Open Access publishing continues its momentum, opportunities are growing for researchers to shift their disciplinary and institution platforms to affordable open access models. Suzanne Pilaar Birch describes her experience of getting Open Quaternary started, shedding light on article processing charges, editorial board creation and publisher ethos. Open access was by no means a new concept when the “Academic Spring” of April 2012 was […]
The Impact Factor and Its Discontents: Reading list on controversies and shortcomings of the Journal Impact Factor.
Thomson Reuters have released the annual round of updates to their ranked list of journals by journal impact factor (JIF) in yesterday’s Journal Citation Reports. Impact Factors have come under increasing scrutiny in recent years for their lack of transparency and for misleading attempts at research assessment. Last year the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) took a groundbreaking stance by explicitly […]
Willingness to incorporate external influences into research process will support strong basis for usable knowledge.
Researchers who are more open to external (non-academic) influences in their research are able to more easily share their research with users, stakeholders and partners. Researchers Julia Olmos, Paul Benneworth and Elena Castro studied researchers’ willingness to include influences from users in the overall research process. The purpose of science has traditionally been linked to continuously challenging the existing knowledge as a […]