In Plain Sight
Journals have long been ranked in order of relative “importance” by their journal impact factor (IF), but that system has come under increasing criticism. There is a more general debate on the validity of the impact factor as a measure of journal importance and the effect of policies that editors may adopt to boost their impact factor (perhaps to the detriment of readers and writers).
The h-index, originally described in 2005 by it’s namesake Jorge Hirsch, is a measurement that aims to describe the scientific productivity and impact of a researcher. The index is based on the set of the scientist’s most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications. The larger the number of important papers, the higher the h-index, regardless of where the work was published. It relies on citations to your papers, not the journals, which is a truer measure of quality.
A researcher’s h-index can be calculated manually by locating citation counts for all published papers and ranking them numerically by the number of times cited. However, Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar can also be used to calculate an h-index.
ReadCube is a free desktop and browser-based program for managing, annotating, and accessing academic research articles. It also allows users to enhance eligible PDF files with both the browser-based and desktop application. Once enhanced, articles have interactive citations, integrated author information, and access to stored supplements. Additionally, users can highlight sections of documents and write notes saved within the client.
ReadCube has been getting a lot of attention due to its partnerships with several publishing companies including the Nature Publishing Group, and now Wiley. When you find an article through ReadCube’s Web Reader, Desktop app or one of its publishing partners websites (Nature.com/Wiley.com), you’ll be presented with unique access options: Rent, Cloud or PDF. ReadCube Access provides options to buy or, uniquely, rent individual research articles.
Note however that the Rent/Cloud/PDF options should never display for UC-licensed articles. UCSF users will see the PIA options when viewing articles in a Nature or Wiley journal that we don’t subscribe to. If you’re interested you can go to the website for the journal Interdisciplinary Reviews: RNA Choose an article that doesn’t have the open access lock icon, then click on PDF.
ReadCube’s Rent/ Cloud/PDF options are more fully described in this article from the California Digital Library (CDL).
UCSF librarians have encountered several Mac RefWorks users having problems getting Write-n-Cite to work correctly on their laptops. Usually it’s associated with the Mavericks and Yosemite operating systems. These problems are often not reproducible, so it’s been difficult to pin down why it’s not working properly and what’s the fix.
If you’re a RefWorks user having problems using Write-n-Cite you can still format a bibliography using One-Line/Cite. View this short online tutorial to see how this method works:
Alternatively, you may want to switch to different software. Some of our students are switching to Zotero, which is free and relatively easy to learn.
Click here to learn more about Zotero.
Subscribers to Nature.com journals can now use ReadCube to highlight and annotate research articles in their web browser. Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and Digital Science have announced the integration of ReadCube’s web reader tool with nature.com. The web reader tool is currently available to personal subscribers and site license users. 18 Nature journals are currently available.
ReadCube is a free desktop and browser-based program for managing, annotating, and accessing academic research articles. It provides access to research materials through partnerships with several publishing companies. ReadCube’s SmartCite allows you to create a bibliography while you write using the contents of your ReadCube Library and any article available on PubMed.
ReadCube also allows users to enhance PDF files with both the browser-based and desktop application. Once enhanced, articles have interactive citations, integrated authorial information, and access to stored supplements. Additionally, users can highlight sections of documents and write notes saved within the client.
RefWorks is a popular easy-to-use citation management application but has limited options for working with PDFs. At the moment it is not possible to directly import PDFs into a folder. However, in the edit view you can upload the PDF as a file attachment:
The text of PDFs and other file attachments may be searched by selecting Attachments in the Advanced Search/Search Field drop-down menu and entering a search term.
Note that in addition to PDFs a file attachment can be a Word document, an image file or other file types.
For more information on file attachments view this Attachment Feature Fact document.
Funding bodies increasingly require grant-holders to develop and implement Data Management and Sharing Plans (DMPs). Plans typically state what data will be created and how, and outline the plans for sharing and preservation, noting what is appropriate given the nature of the data and any restrictions that may need to be applied.
The Library has created a new Subject Guide that provides an introduction to data sharing and data management, with an emphasis on those issues affecting those of you submitting grant applications to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). New Library-supported tools such as DataShare and DMPTool are highlighted.
This information is from the University of Virginia Library:
“If your new Mac has the Yosemite operating system, when you download WNC 4 be sure to select WNC4 version 4.4.1225 as this is compatible with OSX 10.10. This is the second link listed as an option for download. If you have upgraded your older Mac to Yosemite, you will need to turn on your Java application before downloading WNC4.”
Though Mekentosj’s Papers application can be considered a reference manager, allowing you to cite research sources and format a bibliography, its greatest strength is its use as an online system to help you effectively manage research collections.
Papers 3 for Mac, Windows and iOS now includes a new collaborative feature, Papers Online. Papers Online introduces two features: Shared Collections and the Reading List. Shared Collections are collections of papers that are stored online and can be accessed and edited by multiple people. Only metadata are shared, but Papers will allow you to download and save PDFs for the documents as it usually does. The reading list gives you several new ways to more easily get articles in and out of Papers and keep track of what you are currently researching.
For more general information about Papers 3 view this online video.