p-medicine is a project co-funded by the European Community to pave the way for more individualised medicine. CIBER will be working with ecancer, one of the 19 partners in the project, to evaluate their contribution.


David Nicholas has been invited as keynote speaker to ICoLIS 2014 Kuala Lumpur, 4–5 November 2014.


from The Scholarly Kitchen:

From open access journals to new approaches to peer review, from altmetrics to plagiarism-detecting software, scholarly publishing has seen a decade or more of rapid change, with no end in sight. You might think that all these changes would affect perceptions of trustworthiness and authority in scholarly communications, but a recent study by the University of Tennessee and CIBER Research found that —with a few exceptions— that is not the case. Or at least not yet.

scene setting

from Trust and Authority in Scholarly Communications in the Light of the Digital Transition: setting the scene for a major study

  • Researchers play down the difficulties of establishing trustworthiness, not because there are none but because they have well-developed methods of establishing trust: their research community and established peer-reviewed journals.
  • While researchers were very traditional and circumspect in regard to where they published and what they cited, they were much more liberal and novel in regard to what they used.

Information on the Move

Smartphones and tablets, apps, cloud-based services, agile working: what are the implications of these emerging trends, in terms of privacy, security, accessibility, digital skills and job security? How do 'dinosaur' organisations respond? David Nicholas will be talking about 'the second digital transition'at a seminar organised by NetIKX on Tuesday 13 May 2014.

peak reading

A 35-year long study of academic reading by Carol Tenopir has been noted by Nature news: “People have probably hit the limit of the time they have available to read articles”

Science 2.0

With the advent of Social Media, well established principles of scholarly communication are changing dramatically. Science 2.0, Hamburg, 26–27 March 2014 will investigate how Social Media will change research and publication processes with a opening presentation by David Nicholas Trustworthiness and the role of social media in scholarly communications

Will social media change research and publication processes? On the basis of the evidence of our research the answer to the question has to be: slowly, selectively, patchily, but surely as these young early career researchers move up the academic ladder.

Prosopographical analytics

Victorian Professions will be a dynamic collective biography of professional people found in the 1851 census. This prosopographical database will sample around 20,000 people, their antecedents and descendants, in eight towns harvested from a variety of sources, including public interaction with the project's own website.

In addition to data collection, the project will also review its methodology and usage. CIBER Research will be contributing by providing web analytics advice and research; in particular we will be evaluating the suitability of Universal Analytics and Tag Manager for non-profit and scholarly usage studies.

CIBER news —Jan–Feb 2014

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