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By Research Cooperative, 2019-11-27
Recently I was asked to fill out a poll (at http://www.easypolls.net ) on my use of social networks, by a Yahoo group that is focused on Crop Wild Relatives (CWR). I mainly use ResearchGate, which put me in the "other" category in the options offered.
There are many kinds of online polling service available, and I regard them as an important part of the online ecosystem, for academia as much as they are for commercial or entertainment purposes.
Readers of this blog: Please recommend any polling services you think may be useful for research surveys or other academic purposes.
By Research Cooperative, 2019-04-25
Vuong (2019) has described a site that aims to improve "the weakest link in the chain of scientific knowledge production", namely the peer review process employed by academic journals.
The site URL is https://scirev.org
Here authors can register to provide their own evaluations of scientific journals they have submitted papers to, so that an author-led rating of journal quality can emerge, based primarily on experiences by authors of the peer-review process.
I recommend reading Vuong's full article, and visiting the SciRev to make your own contribution to assessing the journals you have had experience with.
Q.-H. Vuong (2019) SciRev: an initiative for improving peer review transparancy. European Science Editing 45(1) 20.
By Research Cooperative, 2019-04-19
Not academic, but possibly of interest to many, is the BBC Learning English website page a
At the top of the site, there is a language selection button.
Navigation through the courses and lessons is provided in several languages.
By Research Cooperative, 2018-04-08
The universe of academic information is constantly expanding, and services to make that information accessible are also expanding . An internet services company (Allconnect, USA) gives good basic advice on how to find reliable information sources: The Student's Internet Research Guide
Google Scholar - this has a wealth of related tools for literature research.
worldwidescience.org - this portal is special as it can be used with many different languages .
Major publishers or publishing networks
Bioline International - A "not-for-profit scholarly publishing cooperative committed to providing open access to quality research (bioscience) journals published in developing countries" (Open Access).
BioOne Complete - A "full-text database of more than 200 leading journals in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences"
ScienceDirect - Search portal for peer-reviewed journals, articles, book chapters and open access content published by Elsevier. Find articles from over 3,800 journals and more than 37,000 book titles.
Taylor & Francis Online - A commercial publisher in all major subject areas. When viewing a journal page, open access content is indicated by an orange unlock icon.
By Research Cooperative, 2018-02-03
There are many books on academic writing methods, but not many that look comprehensively at common phrases used in research writing. This University of Manchester (UK) website looks useful:
The site ' aims to provide you with examples of some of the phraseological ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing organised according to the main sections of a research paper or dissertation'... and states that ' the items in the Academic Phrasebank are mostly content neutral and generic in nature'.
Topic headings include: Being Critical, Being Cautious, and many more. Each topic is introduced by an overview of usage for the topic. I highly recommened reading these passages and also the main introduction here: http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/about-academic-phrasebank/"> About Academic Phrasebank .
By Research Cooperative, 2017-06-22
Newspapers are a major resource for many kinds of research. Here are some newspaper directory sites. Please tell us about any other directory sites of interest.
Newspaper archives are especially interesting.
They take us back to the 19th century, more than 100 years ago, when global views of the world were just beginning to become apparent to most people, through the industrialisation of printing technology and paper production. I wonder what is regarded as the first newspaper in the world?
Here is a start:
By Research Cooperative, 2017-04-19
This information access company has a lot to offer researchers and research organisations in Asia and the Pacific, and beyond. The website is provides adavanced and very well-organised search portal.
Informit describes itself as a: '...provider of information management services to the education, government and corporate sectors. We have an excellent understanding of the needs of students, researchers, educators and professional. Informit exists to preserve, enhance and distribute hard to find content. ..support[ing] the wider research community and [driving] better information management services'
'Informit provides access to ... over 100 databases..[covering] a wide range of subjects, including health, engineering, business, education, law, humanities and social sciences.... sourced from publishers, associations and peak professional bodies as well as international authors.
From its head office in Melbourne, Australia, Informit works with library consortia, associations and agents to help users advance their research through access to peer reviewed and specialist journals, monographs, reports, conference papers and bibliographic indexes, collated with a focus on regional perspectives and otherwise hard-to-find research... from Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific and around the world.'
By Research Cooperative, 2017-04-13
A useful website for research and writing: http://www.factfish.com
This site, based in Germany, may be useful for many authors seeking basic information related to social and economic issues globally, and country by country. The stated aim is: "to simplify the process of collecting information on decision-relevant topics. We speed up the process and make it cost-effective.
In relation to food and agriculture, for example, the site takes data from published FAO sources, and then makes it easy to explore the data and display the results graphically. So it is does not just 'collect information', it also offers a toolkit for looking at data and displaying it in ways that make interpretation - and decision-making - easier.
The high-level categories currently offered by Factfish are:
- Population and health
- Energy and environment
- Education and science
- Geography and agriculture
- Transport and communication
Within these high-level categories, hundreds of sub-categories are shown. On my wishlist: a high-level category for Biodiversity and ecology - the living foundations of our world economy!