This article is the modified version of the paper which was presented as the opening keynote address at The Third Scientific Conference on Information Science in an age of Change, Warsaw 11th–12th May 2015. The research comes largely from a year-long international study, ‘Trust and authority in scholarly communications in the light of the digital transition’, which was funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
David Nicholas Using, Citing and Publishing Scholarly Content in the Digital Age: Case Study of Humanities Researchers. ZIN [Zagadnienia Informacji Naukowej. Studia Informacyjne] vol. 53 Nr. 1(105). 2015
An international survey of trustworthiness and quality determination in scholarly reading, citing, and publishing. Traditional methods and criteria remain important: peer review is still considered the most important factor. Researchers continue to read abstracts, check content for sound arguments and credible data, and rely on journal rankings when deciding whether to trust scholarly resources. Social media outlets remain untrusted, although many researchers believe that open access has positive implications for research, especially if open access journals are peer reviewed.
Carol Tenopir, Kenneth Levine, Suzie Allard, Lisa Christian, Rachel Volentine, Reid Boehm, Frances Nichols, David Nicholas, Hamid R. Jamali, Eti Herman and Anthony Watkinson. "Trustworthiness and authority of scholarly information in a digital age: results of an international questionnaire". Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. (2015) doi: 10.1002/asi.23598
With more scholarly journals being distributed electronically rather than in print form, we know that researchers download many articles. What is less well known is how journal articles are used after they are initially downloaded. To what extent are they saved, uploaded, tweeted, or otherwise shared? How does this reuse increase their total use and value to research and how does it influence library usage figures?
Carol Tenopir, Gabriel Hughes, Lisa Christian, Suzie Allard, Dave Nicholas, Anthony Watkinson, Hazel Woodward, Peter Shepherd, Robert Anderson "To Boldly Go Beyond Downloads: How Are Journal Articles Shared and Used?" (2014). Proceedings of the Charleston Library Conference. DOI: 10.5703/1288284315614
Are early career researchers the harbingers of change? Will these digital natives carry new information-seeking behaviour into the workplace and change scholarly communication? Or will they, recognising their position as apprentices and reliant on guidance from mentors, be cautious and less adventurous than established colleagues?
To find out The Publishing Research Consortium has commissioned a world-wide, longitudinal study over three years of published, post-doctoral researchers. Led by David Nicholas the international research team includes: Anthony Watkinson, Tom Dobrowolski (Warsaw), Jie Xu (Wuhan), Abrizah Abdullah (Malaya), Blanca Rodríguez-Bravo (Leon), and Chérifa Boukacem-Zeghmouri (Lyon).
The first of a new series of working papers from CIBER Research: Reputation mechanisms and platforms: views of an expert panel on their future use, role, and influence reflects on outcomes of "Drivers for Science 2.0" a new-reputation and funding mechanisms workshop, held in Seville under auspices of JRC-IPTS, 29–30 October 2014.
To better understand the transformative power of technologies in science and how policies can support them the European Commission's Joint Research Centre – Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) funded an exploratory study in 2014. Evidence was gathered by two research teams regarding "Emerging reputation system for scholars" and "Alternative mechanisms for scientific research". A key event in the study was a workshop where about twenty-five people —experts in the fields of alternative funding mechanisms, emerging reputational mechanisms, and IPTS personnel— met in Seville for two days to discuss findings and policy implications.
La correspondència i les trucades telefòniques eren maneres habituals d'intercanviar coneixement que han quedat desfasades per piulades, blocs i altres accions immediates, a temps real.
Avui, un projecte de recerca és vist com un mercat social, on els productes de recerca s'intercanvien per diners, prestigi i reconeixement.
CIBER's 2015 Reputational Mechanism research cited in BlokdeBiD
Michael Moss, Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, Marc J Dupuis. Is Digital Different? How information creation, capture, preservation and discovery are being transformed
This edited collection brings together global experts to explore the role of information professionals in the transition from an analogue to a digital environment.
The contributors, including David Nicholas, Valerie Johnson, Tim Gollins and Scott David, focus on opportunities and challenges afforded by this new environment that is transforming the information landscape in ways that were scarcely imaginable a decade ago and is challenging the very existence of the traditional library and archive as ever more resources become available on-line and networked technologies become more powerful.
Facet Publishing | Sep 2015 | 224pp Paperback | ISBN 9781856 048545 | Price: £49.95
Thornley C, Watkinson A, Nicholas D, Volentine R, Jamali H R, Herman E, Allard S, Levine K J, Tenopir C. The role of trust and authority in the citation behaviour of researchers. Information Research, 20(3), paper 677. September 2015
Abrizah Abdullah , Fathiah Badawi, Niusha Zoohorian-Fooladi, David Nicholas, Hamid R. Jamali, Norliya Ahmad Kassim "Trust and authority in the periphery of world scholarly communication: A Malaysian focus group study" The Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science (MJLIS) Vol 20, No 2, 2015.
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