Monday 17 July 2023
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 include 1,799 universities across 104 countries and regions, making them the largest and most diverse university rankings to date. The table is based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
Tuesday 6 September 2022
As part of FRAP (The Future Research Assessment Programme), an expert panel has been invited to lead a review of the role of metrics in research management and assessment. This review, The Metric Tide Revisited, will take a short, sharp, evidence-informed look at current and potential uses of metrics against a set of tightly-defined objectives to: Revisit the conclusions and recommendations of the last detailed review of these questions, The Metric Tide (2015), and assess progress against these. Consider whether developments over recent years in the infrastructures, methodologies and uses of research metrics negate or change any of those 2015 conclusions or suggest additional priorities. and look afresh at the role of metrics in any future research excellence framework and consider whether design changes now under consideration as part of the FRAP suggest similar or different conclusions to those reached in 2015. The review was conducted over the Summer, and will be completed mid-September so we await with interest the published outcome.
In June 2022, the Council of the European Union gave the green light for a European Agreement on research assessment reforms to go ahead. Plans for this initiative were proposed in a European Commission scoping report in 2021. Under the Agreement, research actors across European member states (including research performing organizations, funders, and national or regional assessment organizations) will be invited to sign up voluntarily and pledge their commitment to translate principles outlined in the report into local assessment reforms. Read the full post here.
Friday 4 March 2022
A significant pool of funding has been designated to ramp up Ireland’s progress in implementing an open research ecosystem. This funding marks Ireland’s first national budget aimed at dramatically improving the pathways for sharing research, and building transparent practices into the very fabric of scientific discovery. The funding of €1.725 million from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has been announced by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, to support the activities of the National Open Research Forum (NORF) and has been allocated to the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) to distribute to key initiatives identified by the NORF.
Friday 25 February 2022
Altmetrics are metrics and qualitative data that are complementary to traditional, citation-based metrics. They can include (but are not limited to) peer reviews on Faculty of 1000, citations on Wikipedia and in public policy documents, discussions on research blogs, mainstream media coverage, bookmarks on reference managers like Mendeley, and mentions on social networks such as Twitter. Sourced from the Web, Altmetrics can tell you a lot about how often journal articles and other scholarly outputs like datasets are discussed and used around the world. For that reason, altmetrics have been incorporated into researchers’ websites, institutional repositories, journal websites, and more. Altmetrics Explorer is an intuitive platform that enables you to monitor the online activity surrounding academic research. Browse by author, group or department for your own institution, benchmark against peer organizations, report on the outcomes of outreach activity, and integrate the insights the data provides into evaluation and review processes. To find out how to register for a Altmetrics Explorer account and to find out how to use Altmetrics Explorer to monitor engagement with your research papers, and showcase your influence check out the guide here
Tuesday 2 November 2021
Resources and tools to assist you in finding funding and managing the end to end Research Grant Lifecycle.
This useful guide from the MU Research Development Office will bring you through the process of finding funding, preparing your proposal, preparing your budget and compliance.
Friday 22 October 2021
AppsAnywhere If you are a new user, download EndNoteX20 from AppsAnywhere To see whats new in EndNoteX20 check out the guide EndNoteX20 For queries contact the Research Support Librarian firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual report: a recap of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) activities in 2020
DORA’s vision is to advance practical and robust approaches to research assessment globally and across all scholarly disciplines. Dora's annual report makes for interesting reading particulary the section relating to the Tools to Advance Research Assessment (TARA) project. The aim of Project TARA is to identify, understand, and make visible the criteria and standards universities use to make hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions. This information will be used to create resources and practical guidance on the reform of research assessment for academic and scholarly institutions. Project TARA is a collaboration with Sarah de Rijcke, Professor in Science and Evaluation Studies and Director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University, and Ruth Schmidt, Associate Professor at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Wednesday 28 July 2021
National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment The National Framework is a key deliverable of the National Open Research Forum (NORF), which was set up in 2017 to bring together key members of the research community to drive Ireland’s open research agenda as set out in Innovation 2020, Ireland’s research and development, science and technology strategy. The National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment has been developed as the first step in a process to create a National Action Plan for the transition to an open research environment in Ireland. There has been a series of seminars relating to this report, the lastest one was presented as a webinar. Open Research in Ireland: Infrastructures for Open Research (Webinar) 4th May 2021(4th in a series of Webinars relating to the above report)
Friday 26 March 2021
AppsAnywhere This is the desktop version of EndNote (you may be already familiar with its companion piece EndNote Online). When you download it, you'll also need the product code to complete the installation, which is in one of the two files that download onto your device. Key features of EndNote X9 are the ability to store unilimted PDF's on your device, annotation of PDF's, many additional referencing styles. EndNoteX9 and Endnote online can be synchronised so you need never be without your EndNote Library. For further details check out the guide https://nuim.libguides.com/referencing/tools.
IReL (Irish Research eLibrary) which typically allow corresponding authors from eligible institutions to publish their articles open access immediately on publication, without an article process charge (APC) being levied. Full details of the current agreements with publishers are available at https://irel.ie/open-access/
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