October News


Web of Science Training Session
For those who could not attend the training session by Thomson Reuters, a recording is available. Please contact the library to obtain the link.


Article of the month
Proof over promise: Moving citation metric systems beyond journal impact towards a career impact approach.

This is an article written by:
Anne-Wil Harzing, Research Professor and Research Development Advisor at ESCP Europe and Professor of International Management at Middlesex University. Since 1999 she maintains an extensive website (www.harzing.com) with resources for international management and academic publishing.
Wilfred Mijnhardt, Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management and Executive Director of the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He publishes a weblog “Research Management in Management Research”

“Publishing in a high-impact journal carries the implicit promise that the article will also be highly cited. But the proof of this logic remains unsubstantiated. By combining more accurate citation metrics, like the hIa-index and the citation-per-author-per-year metric, the authors provide a more substantial alternative to the narrow journal-based metric. This combined metric provides a more reliable comparison between academics in different disciplines and at different career stages.”

“Economists love to rank. Even a casual five-minute literature search reveals literally hundreds of publications on rankings of academic productivity and impact. Dutch economists are no exception. In fact, they produced what, to our best knowledge, is the oldest ranking in the field: a nation-wide ranking of Economists (the Economics top-40) that has entered its fourth decade. However, this ranking is based on publication volume in ISI-listed journals weighted by the journal’s impact factor or article influence score, rather than on the actual impact of the publications in question.”


Mooc of the month
Coursera launches 18 new specializations to help you master specific subjects.

Here are some of the specializations proposed:

  • Improving Business Finances and Operations, University of Illinois
  • Digital Marketing, University of Illinois
  • Cloud Computing, University of Illinois
  • Data Mining, University of Illinois
  • Interaction Design, University of California, San Diego
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles and Practices, University of California, Irvine
  • Business Communication for Career Readiness, University of California, Irvine
  • Practical Management for Career Readiness, University of California, Irvine
  • Business Tools for Career Readiness, University of California, Irvine
  • Entrepreneurship: Launching an Innovative Business, University of Maryland
  • 程序设计与算法 Fundamentals of Programming and Algorithms, Peking University
  • Become a Social Scientist: Methods and Statistics, University of Amsterdam
  • Perception, Action and the Brain, Duke University
  • Content Strategy for Professionals in Organizations, Northwestern University
  • Statics & Dynamics: Foundations in Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

View the full list here


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