Searching SSRN: New interface

Capture d’écran 2015-10-19 à 15.14.31SSRN’s new search page centralizes all the search tools on a single place. Quick Search and Advanced Search are combined onto one tab, so that you can switch to Browse SSRN Networks or Browse JEL Codes.

The Browse menu leads you to institutions pages such as HEC Paris, which can be found under the “Management Research Network” and “MRN Business School Research Papers” category.

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Have you tried LeKiosk yet?

Capture d’écran 2015-10-19 à 15.08.27The library subscribes to a newstand service called “Kiosk Pro“, which gives you access to French and foreign magazines in digital format. Latest issues of The Economist or Harvard Business Review (French) for example are available from the day of their publication.

You can choose up to 6 magazines each month from a selection of 50 titles and build your own library with latest issues or archive. You can also save articles to read offline.

Click here to connect and use your HEC network codes.

From bibliometrics to altmetrics

AltmetricsDanielle Padula, Community Development Coordinator at Scholastica, and Catherine Williams, Head of Marketing at Altmetric, introduce the changing landscape of research referencing in an article published on LSE blog: Enter Alternative Metrics: Indicators that capture the value of research and richness of scholarly discourse

Altmetrics are an alternative to bibliometrics as they are gathered from mentions of research in nontraditional online outlets. These mentions can be number of views, of downloads, network shares… on databases, social media, news media, post-publication peer review forums, blogs, Wikipedia, and more. Thus, altmetrics can be applied to nontraditional research and scholarly outputs and they often challenge the Impact Factor (IF) because it can take months to years to generate article citations, especially for research in the humanities and social sciences. The authors explain that “Alternative metrics make it possible for authors of newer works to show that their research is being read and used long before it is formally cited, and often almost immediately following publication.”

Also note that altmetrics are more meant to show that “research is being discussed but leaving it to the reader to determine whether that buzz is warranted, or indeed occurring for positive or negative reasons. The cause of altmetrics impact can vary, much like high counts of bibliometric article citations can be linked to article endorsements or references to previous articles’ errors.”

Read more here

Nobel prize for economics to Angus Deaton

Capture d’écran 2015-10-19 à 11.58.06On October 12, 2015, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for 2015 to Angus Deaton “for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare”. Here are a few interesting resources about Deaton’s work.

  • An article published on the Conversation and written by Vincent O’Sullivan, Lecturer in Economics, Lancaster University: How data empowered the economic individual and gained a Nobel for Angus Deaton . In this article, Vincent O’Sullivan comments on the choice that “appears to favour the micro over the macro; the experience of individuals rather than the grand plans of policy makers.”
  • The scientific background: Consumption, poverty and welfare written by the Committee for the Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.
  • Capture d’écran 2015-10-19 à 12.08.30Here is his website at Princeton University: Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs. Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School.

The Academia “Sessions” tool

Academia LogoThe academic social network has now more than 25 million registered participants, who use the network mainly to post papers. Its new tool called Sessions allows researchers to have a constant access to peer critiques on their works and to potentially broaden the circle of colleagues who can interact on their research.

“In Sessions, researchers upload a draft paper and then invite a list of other scholars on the network to comment on it during a 20-day period. After that time, the author can either extend the session for another 20 days or close off comments”.

Read more on this article published by The Chronicle of Higher Education: Academic Social Network Hopes to Change the Culture of Peer Review, on Sept. 25, 2015.

Sessions uses the Scribd viewer to display content in your browser and a like annotation system, which allows every participant to anchor his or her comments anywhere in the document, or just publish a general notice.


JournalBase: useful tool to compare journals listings

Capture d’écran 2015-10-19 à 11.16.34Developed from the data on the Web of Science (Thomson Reuters), Scopus (Elsevier), the authoritative lists of ERIH (Europe) and HCRES (former AERES – France), JournalBase offers a new service in the Social Sciences and Humanities disciplines, with an inventory of the journals, and a comparison of their listings in national and international databases.

JournalBase provides for each journal a comparative table of its listing in the WOS, Scopus, ERIH and HCRES for the years 2013 à 2015 as well as useful information such as the field of discipline, the journal’s website, the language of publication, the publisher, the country of the publisher and the journal’s status (Open Access or payable).

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