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Mailing lists for academic purposes

By Research Cooperative, 2022-09-02

Recently, a small academic society I belong to lost the person who had been looking after member contact details. There was backup copy of the full member list but we now have to rebuild the mailing list based on this. We did not use a properly managed mailing list system: Here I will report systems that other academic groups use:

This might be one of the best open source and free systems:

"GNU Mailman -- the world's most popular mailing-list manager -- has been in constant revision for two decades and supports more than 20 languages.

MailmanLists hosts group mailing-lists -- using GNU Mailman -- on servers around the world, and provides customer support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week." (Mailman website, 2nd Sept. 2022)

The University College London (UCL) uses Mailman and gives advice on how set up a list and manage it:

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Bioinformatics toolkit

By Research Cooperative, 2021-05-03

Many online services, free and paid, are now available for analysing DNA sequences and other forms of genetic data. For example:

ATGC bioinformatics platform (Montpellier, France) - data can be uploaded, analysed, and the results will be sent back by email.

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Looking for a world index of academic journals?

By Research Cooperative, 2021-02-05

Why look for an index?

Well... hopefully someone else has done the hard work of looking through zillions of search results and identifying journals that actually exist, and that can be contacted if necessary.

Let's see. An exact search on "world index of journals" should narrow things down.

Here's what we get:

Google: "No results..." but then there are about 264,000,000 results that are not exact.

No bad. I won't start at the bottom of that list!

The Index Copernicus , based in Warsaw, is at top.

After that there are some journal ranking sites. And some incomplete journal indexing sites that seem to have started and then stopped.

"World list of journals" doesn't lead far either. There is a Wikipedia entry that lists some journals. And a Google snippit highlights this revelation:

"No one knows how many scientific journals there are, but several estimates point to around 30,000, with close to two million articles published each year."

That came from a short and pithy article:

"Too much academic research is being published"

Philip G. Altbach and Hans de Wit, 07 September 2018, University World News .

T here is probably not much more I need to say.

There is No World Index! Just a lot of partial information.

That's OK.

We've survived tens of thousands of years with partial information.

It helps keep us on our toes. We wouldn't need science if we actually knew everything.

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Technical glossaries

By Research Cooperative, 2020-09-19

Even specialists have difficulty learning and remembering all the specific technical terms used in their field.  Oxford University Press and other publishers in the past published many discipline-specific dictionaries and glossaries. Now we can find open-access technical glossaries online. Here are some good examples.

Biology terms

Biology Dictionary , USA

Botanical terms

Florabase glossary, Western Australia

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Galaxy Toolshed

By Research Cooperative, 2020-04-10
Galaxy Toolshed

Tools for many different areas of biological research (genetics, ecology, medicine, and more). See:

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Online polling sites

By Research Cooperative, 2019-11-27

Recently I was asked to fill out a poll (at ) 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.

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Newspaper Directories - News old and new

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:

Thousands of Newspapers on the Web

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Informit - information management and access

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.[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.'

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Tools for organising conferences and events

By Research Cooperative, 2017-01-14

There are numerous ways to organise academic meetings, large and small. The most critical matter is having a clear aim and a theme that brings people together in new ways - not just to give presentations but also to make personal academic connections. For this reason, the social aspects of a meeting (workshop, seminar, conference, or congress) can be just as important as the academic aspects.

I have not used any of the systems below, so would welcome comments by anyone who has!

EasyChair - describes itself as "probably the most commonly used conference management system". A free service is offered, that looks useful, and then more advanced systems that are priced according to the maximum number of submissions that the organisers intend to consider. Overall, the costs appears to be about 50 cents to one dollar (USD) per submission.

Open Science Framework for Meetings -  The Open Science Framework is creating open source tools to support 'the entire research cycle'. This includes tools for scientific collaboration, writing, project management, and meeting management.  

Their mission statements include the following: ' The OSF is a free, open source service of the  Center for Open Science . We’re aligning scientific practices with scientific values by improving openness, integrity and reproducibility of research.'

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Wiki Calls For Papers (WikiCFP)

By Research Cooperative, 2017-01-04

This is an open-access site dedicated to registering calls for academic papers, according to subject category.

It also offers a page for authors to manage their deadlines.

See: Wiki Calls For Papers

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