Following the Footnotes

is Björn Hammarfelt’s doctoral dissertation from Uppsala 2012, on citation patterns in Literary Studies. (Link:

Hammarfelt shows how Literary Studies, probably like many other fields of humanities and social sciences, differ in how they cite, and, hence, how the use of citation analysis must acknowledge and be adapted to this in order to become meaningful.  He also describes the differences between STM and HSS by the terms “urban” and “rural”, the HSS being rural in the sense that there are no common research front and few researchers in most topics.

Quite readable, even for the layman!

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OA journals have the same scientific impact as TA journals

A recent study by Bo-Christer Björk and David Salomon shows that, overall, OA journals are not lagging behind TA journals when it comes to scientific impact. This is an important study to rebut constant accusations that OA means lower quality, often heard from OA skeptics and from pro-TA lobbyists. As the authors point out, low quality OA publishers exist, but that doesn’t affect the general picture of OA as equal to TA in impact when you compare comparable journals.

See their study Open access versus subscription journals: a comparison of scientific impact here:

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Academic man

Logan Wilson’s The Academic Man: A Study in the Sociology of a Profession (Foundations of higher education)
is a classic study of how academics are recruited and promoted in the US. While the study is old – it was originally published in 1942, and the data are all pre-war – it still rings bells for those of us working in Academia. The mechanisms and problems Wilson points to seem familiar, 70 years later and in quite another academic setting. Wilson’s style is entertaining, that helps too. Recommended reading for those who seek insight into the workings of an academic career.

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Invented languages

Among last week’s reading;  From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages, Oxford University Press 2011.

An entertaining walk through the forests of invented languages, not only auxiliary languages like esperanto but (even more) the languages created as part of fiction – nadsat, newspeak, the languages of Tolkien and so on.

This book describes both the why of creating such languages, and some of the how of creating them. Fascinating, for the nerds among us!

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Hello world!

This is my private blog, where I’ll share with you books and articles I’ve read (or skimmed through) that either concers scientific/scholarly publishing, Open Access, biblio- or scientometrics – or any other subject that interests my, that I believe could be of interest to my fellow men.

So it is all about what I like and feel is interesting! Feel free to feel otherwise …

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