Monday, November 25, 2013

Docear: The Academic Literature Suite

Docear is a unique solution to academic literature management, i.e. it helps you organizing, creating, and discovering academic literature. Among others, Docear offers:

A single-section user-interface that allows the most comprehensive organization of your literature. With Docear, you can sort documents into categories; you can sort annotations (comments, bookmarks, and highlighted text from PDFs) into categories; you can sort annotations within PDFs; and you can view multiple annotations of multiple documents, in multiple categories – at once.

A ‘literature suite concept‘ that combines several tools in a single application (pdf management, reference management, mind mapping, …). This allows you to draft your own papers, assignments, thesis, etc. directly in Docear and copy annotations and references from your collection directly into your draft.

A recommender system that helps you to discover new literature: Docear recommends papers which are free, in full-text, instantly to download, and tailored to your information needs.

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Altmetric Pilots Help Elsevier Authors Understand the Impact of Their Articles

The colorful donut indicating impact in news and social media is now featured on various journal homepages and ScienceDirect

By Linda Willems | Posted on 25 November 2013

Almetric pilot for Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

The academic community has traditionally looked to citation analysis to measure the impact of scientific and medical research. But with journal articles increasingly disseminated via online news and social media channels, new measures are coming to the fore.

Alternative metrics – or altmetrics – represent one of the innovative ways the reach of articles is now being assessed, and Elsevier has just launched two pilots featuring the highly-recognizable altmetric "donut."

 Almetric pilot for Journal of Experimental Social PsychologyAlmetric pilot for Journal of Experimental Social Psychology The first pilot will feature donuts for a journal's top three rated articles displayed on the homepages of 33 Elsevier titles.

This rating is based on a social media traffic score given by; an article must have received at least one social media mention within the last six months to qualify. By clicking on the "view all" option beneath this list, visitors can review altmetric donuts for the top 10 articles.

An example of the pilot altmetric pod on the homepage of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.


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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

NISO Alternative Assessment Metrics (Altmetrics) Project > Second In-person Meeting - Wednesday, December 11, 2013 > Free Streaming Available

In June 2013, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awarded NISO a grant to undertake a two-phase initiative to explore, identify, and advance standards and/or best practices related to a new suite of potential metrics in the community. This initiative was a direct outgrowth of a breakout discussion group during the altmetrics 12 meeting in Chicago, IL. This project is an important step in the development and adoption of new assessment metrics, which include usage-based metrics, social media references, and network behavioral analysis. In addition, this project will explore potential assessment criteria for non-traditional research outputs, such as data sets, visualizations, software, and other applications. After the first phase, which will expose areas for potential standardization, the community will collectively prioritize those potential projects. The second phase will be to advance and develop those standards/best practices prioritized by the community and approved by the membership

NISO will host the second of three meetings meant to further engage the community in this project. The second in-person meeting in support of this work will take place on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (ET) at the Capitol Hilton, Federal Room A, in Washington, DC. This meeting is made possible by the generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the objectives of this one-day meeting will include a short opening keynote on the topic of assessment, lightning talks on related projects, brainstorming for identification of topics for discussion, and prioritizing proposed work items.

**The meeting is free for all attendees, but room capacity is limited. Please RSVP here, which will assist in planning and logistics.**


FREE LIVESTREAM AVAILABLE: For those interested in this work, but unable to attend in-person, NISO will be live streaming this event. Credentials for login will be provided closer to the event date; please make sure to designate your attendance as "virtual" in the RSVP form so that we may be sure to communicate that information to you.

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