Zotero : Boost your efficiency with tips and smart features

Zotero is an essential companion for all faculties and students who are writing their papers or thesis. But Zotero is not perfect 😉

Thankfully, several features, pluggins or apps makes up for its limitations in particular with PDF management.


1. Saved Searches

 […] With the advanced search feature you can start combining criteria and getting really sophisticated […]

Instead of manually search for your library’s articles, you can  build an advanced search, enter your search criterias and terms then save it as a saved search.


Find out more about Zotero’s saved searches with this article of The Digital Researcher

2. Zotfile

2.1 Manage your downloaded PDFs

Another interesting discovery is  Zotfile.

Zotfile is a third-party plugin which will help you handle your PDFs once downloaded in Zotero. By default, Zotero store your PDFs into a deep folder in your computer and namme them randomly like “6K765YEI”

Zotfile allows you to choose where you want to store and name your PDFs, including in a Dropbox file !
It makes this possible by “linking the citation entry in Zotero to the file“.

You can, for example, store your PDF files in a folder called “My thesis” that lives in your Dropbox space.

2.2 Extract your highlights and annotations from your PDFs

If you open your PDF in another application to add highlights and annotations, Zotfile can actually extract and save them as an attached note in Zotero.

This feature is one of Zotfile’s best asset.

On your PDF document, highlight an expression or a paragraph and make a right-click  to select Manage Attachments —> Extract Annotations.

The note will be attached with its record in your Zotero Library


Find more about Zotfile and its features by reading this article written by Catherine Pope and published on The Digital Researcher  : “How to make Zotero even better with Zotfile

Download Zotfile here : http://zotfile.com/

3. Annotate your Zotero’s articles on your iPad

First, you need to download and install the iPad app of Zotero : Zotpad.

1. Link ZotPad with Dropbox. To do this, set both Zotero and ZotPad to use Dropbox as the file storage service in your settings.

2. Set up the “Advanced Dropbox Settings” and preferences of ZotPad so that they exactly macth those in your Zotfile preferences : this will allow the download of your documents from Dropbox.

3. Then, on your document use the “Open in…” function to view the PDF on ZotPad and annotate it.

4. The annotated document will then  be updated in Dropbox and Zotero !


For more details and info about how ZotPad can help you improve your efficiency, read this article from “HASTAC”






My Research Dashboard

ResearchDashboardIf you want to find out at a glance how your work is performing, then you might be interested in testing “MyResearchDashboard“, a tool created by Elsevier. It enables you to know how your work is being viewed, cited and shared.

This tool helps you get early indicators of how and where your work has the most impact and with which audiences, within a few weeks after its publication. You can track this impact over time and cross all your publications (Elsevier and non-Elsevier publications) and see the number of views and citations each of them has received.

You can access real-time metrics and also metrics dating back 10 years. You can also monitor how your publications are being shared on Mendeley. You will also gain insight into how your work is being compared to other publications.

My Research Dashboard connects Scopus, ScienceDirect and Mendeley. Scopus is an abstract and citation database that represents 5,000 publishers. ScienceDirect is home to almost 16% of the world’s peer-reviewed content and Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that helps you organize your documents, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research in your field.

Register here to My Research Dashboard. The Library will be happy to help you register.

How does academic research really benefit business?

AcademicResearchCompanies’ ability to innovate often depends on acquiring knowledge from external sources and integrating it with their internal research and development. Interactions with universities allow companies to embed scientific knowledge in their internal innovation processes.

On the Edward Elgar blog, Dr Federica Rossi and Professor Aldo Geuna explore the most effective ways that research can help business. They also shed light on some key issues, which challenge commonly held ideas about how knowledge transfer occurs.

The social sciences have a key role in regional knowledge transfer

A lot of interactions between companies and universities focus on providing solutions to legal, logistic, marketing, management and organizational problems. This concerns mainly companies and universities based in the same region, because business problem-solving (for example, problems that have to do with human resource management, marketing, legal compliance, and so on) builds upon detailed knowledge of the socioeconomic and legal-institutional context in which the firm operates.

Interactions between more distant universities, however, are more likely to concern technological issues. Companies that collaborate with distant universities are often larger and tend to invest more, since technology-focused projects are usually more expensive than those focused on the solution of business problems.

Theoretical academic knowledge is particularly valuable to business

According to a survey of company inventors, collaborations that involve direct interactions between industry researchers and academics lead to more valuable inventions, as well as interactions where universities transfer theoretical knowledge and scientific principles. The latter is an unexpected result, since the theoretical knowledge developed by academics is believed to be far from having an impact on industrial innovation processes.

What does this mean for universities?

  1. Universities should focus on enabling academics to interact with industry instead of insisting on regulating all interactions between academics and companies.
  1. Universities should exploit their business problem-solving competences to support the needs of local businesses and to strengthen intra-regional collaborations.
  1. Universities should continue to put their resources into producing the high level knowledge that very few other organizations in the economy are capable of generating. Their key source of competitive advantage resides in the development of advanced, cutting edge theories and methods.

 Read more here

Paper of the month: April 2015

InvestorAttentionIs Investor Attention for Sale? The Role of Advertising in Financial Markets

This paper identifies the effects of product market advertising on financial markets, and finds that managers strategically use advertising to influence investor attention. First, we document that print ads, especially in weekend business publications, cause an increase in Google searches for company tickers. We further find that ads trigger downward pressure on prices of stocks with recent price increases, consistent with investors exhibiting a disposition effect. In the second part of the paper, we show that managers strategically increase advertising in the weeks around earnings announcements if the earnings surprise is positive, and that this increased advertising decreases the post-earnings announcement drift.

Madsen, Joshua M., et Marina Niessner. Is Investor Attention for Sale? The Role of Advertising in Financial Markets. SSRN Scholarly Paper. Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network, 17 mars 2015.

Read more here

Quantopian – DIY open-sourced trading algorithms and a crowd-sourced hedge fund

QuantopianQuantopian is a crowd-sourced hedge fund that provides the world’s first browser-based algorithmic trading platform.

It started in the Algorithmic trading space as a web-based platform to write algorithms for US equities trading, but also offered the capability to paper trade against live stock market data and to back-test the algorithm against historical data. Quantopian is making it easy to code (using Python), back-test and tweak the strategy. It also creates a community to share (at each trader’s discretion) algorithms, strategies and ideas.

Recently, Quantopian created their own hedge fund. They pick the top performing managers from their quant community and subsequently connect them with investor capital. There is a trading contest for the selection process that has its guidelines and restrictions.

Each month Quantopian picks a trader/coder winner who gets rewarded with $100,000 of investment capital to be managed free of charge (i.e. manager keeps 100% of profits) for 6 months.

Read more on Quantopian

How soccer helps the economists

SoccerLSE has a blog devoted to book reviews. Written by research professors, they cover books recently published in social sciences and humanities. We recommend reading this:

Beautiful Game Theory: How Soccer Can Help Economics by Ignacio Palacios-Huerta

 This book review is written by Dr Peter Dawson, Senior Lecturer in Economics at University of East Anglia with interests in applied microeconometrics, education economics and, most notably, sports economics.

Beautiful Game Theory uses soccer to test economic theories and document novel human behaviour. Ignacio Palacios-Huerta offers insights into game theory and microeconomics, covering topics such as mixed strategies, discrimination, incentives, and human preferences. Peter Dawson approves of the mix between analytical rigour and stories, and there are many aspects that would interest journalists and policy-makers alike.

Read more here

Ratan N. Tata : 10 Interesting Facts

On the occasion of Ratan N. TATA venue at HEC Paris on April 23rd,

This is some fun and interesting facts about the chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons.

1. Ratan N. Tata was born in 1937 in Surat, in British India

2. He committed himself to a career as an architect

3. Began ratan_tata1working in the family company in 1962, after graduating from Cornell University with a degree in architecture and structural engineering

4. Started as a laborer on the shop floor of Tata Steel

5. Graduated from the advanced management programme at Harvard Business School in 1975

6. In 1991 he succeeded to his uncle and became the group’s fifth chairman

7. Tata Sons Ltd owns 91 companies in 7 sectors: consumer goods, services, chemicals, energy, materials, engineering and metallurgy, NTIC.

8. Launched in 2008 the cheapest car in the world, “the Nano” sold at less than $2000

9. Under his stewardship, Tata Group acquired Tetley, Jaguar, Land Rover and Corus

10. Was named as Forbes’ “Asian Businessman of the Year” in 2005.

ratan_tata3You might also be interested in “Tata: The Evolution of a Corporate Brand” / Morgen Witzel. Penguin Books, 2010. Library code : 6-2414 WIT Book review here

“I have been constantly telling people to encourage people, to question the unquestioned and not to be ashamed to bring up new ideas, new processes to get things done.”

See also : Tata Time Line

Start-up creation: best practices


The HEC Paris Librarians have selected some valuable resources on the best practices regarding start-up creation.



How to build a start-up

Devenir entrepreneur du changement / Ticket for change. – MOOC HEC

Ce cours est conçu pour accompagner toutes les personnes qui veulent avoir un impact positif dans la société, mais qui ne savent pas comment agir. Quel que soit votre âge ou votre formation académique, ce cours vous aidera à trouver la voie qui vous correspond pour faire bouger les lignes ! Vous apprendrez comment passer de l’envie à l’idée, et de l’idée à l’action.

Conseils pour la création d’entreprise / Incubateur HEC.Blog

Le blog de l’incubateur HEC propose des articles sur l’entrepreneuriat, classés par grands thèmes : Conseils pour créer son entreprise, L’incubateur d’HEC, Les entrepreneurs et HEC, Sensibilisation à l’entrepreneuriat …

Comment les entrepreneurs perçoivent l’efficacité des structures d’accompagnement ?/ Arlotto Jacques, Sahut Jean-Michel, Teulon Frédéric. Gestion 2000. nov/dec2012, Vol. 29 Issue 6, p31-43. 13p. (Hec Paris authentification needed) – Article

This article examines the performance of incubators from the entrepreneurs’ perspective which have been coached by this sort of structure. The results demonstrate the social utility of incubators in France. In fact, they encourage potential entrepreneurs to both venture creation and to contribute to the success of the incubated firms. Entrepreneurs’ expectations vis-à-vis incubators are clearly targeting functional services and infrastructure. The services provided by incubators and perceived by entrepreneurs depends considerably on its director’s work quality, who also acts as a coach manager in most incubators. This may account for much difference in perceived performance between incubators. Finally, the incubators’ services could be more sophisticated and focus largely on assistance to find investors.  

Cet article s’interroge sur la performance des structures d’accompagnement du point de vue des entrepreneurs hébergés. Les résultats montrent l’utilité sociale des incubateurs en France. En effet, ils incitent à la fois les entrepreneurs potentiels à passer à l’acte de création, mais concourent également aux succès des firmes incubées. Les attentes des entrepreneurs vis-à-vis des incubateurs sont clairement ciblées au niveau des services fonctionnels et des infrastructures. La qualité des services fournis par les incubateurs et perçue par les entrepreneurs est largement dépendante de la qualité du travail de son directeur qui joue également le rôle de chargé d’affaires dans la plupart des incubateurs. Cela peut expliquer des écarts importants de performance perçue entre les incubateurs. Enfin, les services des incubateurs pourraient être plus développés et davantage axés sur l’aide à la recherche d’investisseurs. ——————————————————————————————————–

Creation and evolution of a start-up business plan

The startup revolution is about to surge again/ Butler David, Tischler Linda. Fast Company. Feb2015, Issue 192, p44-48. 3p. (Hec Paris authentification needed) – Article

The article is taken from a forthcoming book by David Butler and Linda Tischler in which the author discusses the similarity between entrepreneurs and surfers and says that entrepreneurs need to look forward to the next wave of opportunity to grow. The article discusses the dot-com boom of the late 1990s and early 2000s and its subsequent meltdown which brought startup companies into focus. According to the article, the first wave of growth was moving from dot-com companies to startups which made entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg successful. The second wave was about building an ecosystem of global startups and the need for starting and scaling the business. The article also refers to the next wave which would involve building scale-ups between big companies and startups.

Why the Lean StartUp Changes Everything / Steve Blank. Harvard Business Review. May2013, Vol. 91 Issue 5. (Hec Paris authentification needed) – Article

In the past few years, a new methodology for launching companies, called “the lean start-up,” has begun to replace the old regimen. Traditionally, a venture’s founders would write a business plan, complete with a five-year forecast, use it to raise money, and then go into “stealth mode” to develop their offerings, all without getting much feedback from the people they intended to sell to. Lean start-ups, in contrast, begin by searching for a business model. They test, revise, and discard hypotheses, continually gathering customer feedback and rapidly iterating on and reengineering their products. This strategy greatly reduces the chances that start-ups will spend a lot of time and money launching products that no one actually will pay for…

La performance économique et sociale des start-ups numériques en France. Baromètre 2014 / Ernst & Young – Report

Ce 3ème baromètre annuel, réalisé en partenariat avec France Digitale analyse la performance économique et sociale des start-up numériques en France financées par le capital-risque dans le domaine du digital. Dans le cadre de ce baromètre, EY a interrogé 116 start-up sur leurs données portant sur la période 2012 – 2013. ——————————————————————————————————–

What are the mistakes to avoid?

That’s gotta hurt/Parch Lorie A. Entrepreneur. Apr2014, Vol. 42 Issue 4, p84-91. 6p. (Hec Paris authentification needed) – Article

The article offers information on how business owners can avoid the six most common spending mistakes when launching a startup. Topics include the problems caused by hiring the wrong employees, how poor pricing models impact profitability, and the importance of having the correct technology needed to run a business. The author also recommends hiring a business attorney. ——————————————————————————————————–

How start-up funding works?

Startup Funding Will Go On, Even After the Music Stops / Dan Primack. Fortune. 5/19/2014, Vol. 169 Issue 7. (Hec Paris authentification needed) – Article

The author offers opinions on venture capital and new business enterprise finance. Noting that there was a higher total of venture capital invested in new business enterprises in the first quarter of 2014 than since the collapse of the dotcom stock market bubble in 2001, the author states that although stock prices will inevitably decline, new business enterprises will still be able to obtain financing from venture capital funds.

Forum Netexplo 2015  / en vidéos – Vidéos

Netexplo est l’observatoire Mondial et Indépendant de l’Innovation Numérique. Le forum Nextexplo a pour but de récompenser les initiatives les plus prometteuses de l’année : présentation des 10 lauréats.

L’entrepreneuriat pour changer le monde/ Interview de Vincent Ricordeau sur le crowdfunding. Vidéo

Sur la plateforme Paris CCI-Paris Ile-de-France, Vincent Ricordeau, co-fondateur de Kiss Kiss Bank Bank  présente les différents modes de crowdfunding.

MoneyTree Report /PWC and the National Venture Capital Association – Website

The MoneyTree Report is the definitive source of information on emerging companies that receive financing and the venture capital firms that provide. ——————————————————————————————————–

Before building your start-up read the best books on this issue at the Library! For students and staff: Use this link to display the bibliography of the 5 recommended books to borrow or read online via the Library subscriptions.

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