Friday, 27 September 2013

IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

A total of 209 Lead Authors and 50 Review Editors from 39 countries and more than 600 Contributing Authors from 32 countries contributed to the preparation of Working Group I's  Fifth Assessment Report  "Climate Change 2013: The physical Science Basis". For more on how the Working Group I report was prepared click here.
 
This report confirms with even more certainty than in the past, that it is extremely likely that the changes in our climate system for the past half a century are due to human influence. It should serve as yet another wake up call that our activities today will have a profound impact on society not only for us but for many generations to come. Multiple lines of evidence confirm that the extra heat being trapped by greenhouse gases is warming the Earth atmosphere,surface to record levels, heating and acidifying the oceans, raising sea levels, and melting ice caps and glaciers.

The Final Draft of the Working Group I contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report will be available here on 30 September.


Thursday, 26 September 2013

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The New Mendeley for iPad and iPhone | Mendeley Blog

The New Mendeley for iPad and iPhone | Mendeley Blog


release of the all new Mendeley for iOS. We’ve rebuilt the app from the ground up to make it fast, fluid and easier to use than ever before. It’s available today for FREE on the app store. - See more at: http://blog.mendeley.com/uncategorized/the-new-mendeley-for-ipad-and-iphone/#.dpuf

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Elsevier Connect | Mendeley to host master class on how technology is changing research

Elsevier Connect | Mendeley to host master class on how technology is changing research

 On Thursday, innovators from companies at the forefront of publishing and technology innovation will come together to discuss how technology can change, facilitate and improve things for researchers.
The master class – called Social Science: How Technology is Changing Research – is being hosted by Mendeley as part of Social Media Week in London.

Monday, 23 September 2013

European and US Research Collaboration and Mobility Patterns: Science Europe and Elsevier Release Comprehensive Study | Elsevier

European and US Research Collaboration and Mobility Patterns: Science Europe and Elsevier Release Comprehensive Study | Elsevier
 Brussels, September 12, 2013 Science Europe and Elsevier today released a new report that for the first time provides a comprehensive view of the European and US research mobility and collaboration landscapes: 'Comparative Benchmarking of European and US Research Collaboration and Researcher Mobility'.

Other studies have shown that research nations benefit from collaborative research, in particular international collaborations, as they typically result in higher citation impacts, a quality measure of research articles. The report, based on Scopus data, shows that both Europe and the US have experienced steady growth in their overall collaboration rates since 2003. Inter-country collaboration in Europe also showed an increase, from slightly over 11% in 2003 to 13% of articles in 2011, contrasting with the recently-decreasing levels seen in analogous inter-state collaboration in the US, at 16% of articles in 2011.  Since the percentage for Europe has steadily been rising since 2003, it seems that the national and European mechanisms to encourage cross-country collaboration in Europe are working, although with considerable variation by discipline.

The study found that US researchers are more likely to collaborate with their peers outside the US than European researchers are likely to collaborate with their colleagues outside Europe, although in fact the additional benefit of collaborating outside the region is proportionally greater for European researchers than for US researchers.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Crime-scene DNA extracted from single hair - life - 13 September 2013 - New Scientist

Crime-scene DNA extracted from single hair - life - 13 September 2013 - New Scientist

Is Google Scholar useful for bibliometrics? A webometric analysis - Springer

Is Google Scholar useful for bibliometrics? A webometric analysis - Springer
 Google Scholar, the academic bibliographic database provided free-of-charge by the search engine giant Google, has been suggested as an alternative or complementary resource to the commercial citation databases like Web of Knowledge (ISI/Thomson) or Scopus (Elsevier). About 63.8% of the records are hosted in generic domains like .com or .org, confirming that most of the Scholar data come from large commercial or non-profit sources. Considering only institutions with at least one record, one-third of the other items (10.6% from the global) are hosted by the 10,442 universities, while 3,901 research centres amount for an additional 7.9% from the total. The research concludes that Google Scholar lacks the quality control needed for its use as a bibliometric tool; the larger coverage it provides consists in some cases of items not comparable with those provided by other similar databases. The full text of the article is available at the link above.

Pathology in the Hundred Acre Wood: a neurodevelopmental perspective on A.A. Milne

Pathology in the Hundred Acre Wood: a neurodevelopmental perspective on A.A. Milne

"Somewhere at the top of the Hundred Acre Wood a little boy and his bear play. On the surface it is an innocent world, but on closer examination by our group of experts we find a forest where neurodevelopmental and psychosocial problems go unrecognized and untreated. "
" We begin with Pooh. This unfortunate bear embodies the concept of comorbidity. Most striking is his Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), inattentive subtype. As clinicians, we had some debate about whether Pooh might also demonstrate significant impulsivity, as witnessed, for example, by his poorly thought out attempt to get honey by disguising himself as a rain cloud. We concluded, however, that this reflected more on his comorbid cognitive impairment, further aggravated by an obsessive fixation on honey. The latter, of course, has also contributed to his significant obesity."

Voyager - The Interstellar Mission

Voyager - The Interstellar Mission
Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space. The NASA spacecraft, which rose from Earth on a September morning 36 years ago, has traveled farther than anyone, or anything, in history. Now Voyager 1 is in the space between the stars. How did Voyager 1 get there? How do we know and where is it going? For more information on humanity's first emissary to what lies beyond, explore the videos, images and stories on the NASA website.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

rdmrose - Projects - Research - Information School - The University of Sheffield

rdmrose - Projects - Research - Information School - The University of Sheffield
 RDMRose was a JISC funded project to produce taught and continuing professional development (CPD) learning materials in Research Data Management (RDM) tailored for Information professionals.
 The materials are available for reuse by other educators and have also been designed for self-supported CPD (continuing professional development). The module is split into 8 sessions, each equivalent to a half day of study.

Monday, 9 September 2013

The new metrics cannot be ignored – we need to implement centralised impact management systems to understand what these numbers mean

The new metrics cannot be ignored – we need to implement centralised impact management systems to understand what these numbers mean
By using the social web to convey both scholarly and public attention of research outputs, altmetrics offer a much richer picture than traditional metrics based on exclusive citation database information. Pat Loria compares the new metrics services and argues that as more systems incorporate altmetrics into their platforms, institutions will benefit from creating an impact management system to interpret these metrics, pulling in information from research managers, ICT and systems staff, and those creating the research impact.