As freelance article writers, research is essential to our work. After all, if we’re going to create the kind of compelling, insightful pieces which truly position our clients as thought-leaders in their industry, then we need to know our stuff.
Of course, it helps that we’re a naturally curious bunch, which is why we love nothing more than diving deep on a whole range of different subjects, including the very subject of research itself.
Here’s just a few surprising things about the world of research you probably didn’t know before today.
The journals that keep on giving
Did you know that the typical half-life of your average research article is well over 12 months?
A recent study by Phil Davis revealed that only 3% of published articles have a half-life of less than one year, whilst at least 25% continued to be downloaded five years or more after their initial publication.
All the stats and facts can be found in Mr. Davis’ paper at: http://publishers.org/sites/default/files/uploads/PSP/journalusagehalflife.pdf
Elsevier accepting submissions for new, multi-discipline journal
Described the Elsevier team as a ‘home for all sound research,’ the new Heliyon journal is set to break away from the traditional, single-field approach by publishing papers across the full spectrum of scientific research.
A welcome move for those collaborating on research across different disciplines, Heliyon is now open for submissions, which can be sent to the team via: www.heliyon.com
For more on the Heliyon launch, see: http://www.elsevier.com/connect/new-open-access-journal-will-publish-across-all-disciplines
8tInternational Open Access Week set for October
“Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge” has been announced as the theme for this year’s annual International Open Access Week. Heralding the achievements of collaborative research and successful partnership ventures such as PLOS and ImpactStory, the event is set to take place between October 21st – 27th.
A full schedule of events, plus more on how you can get involved, can be found at: http://www.openaccessweek.org/
Quelle surprise! Students use library for study
In news that may not come as much of a shock to the college librarians among you, it turns out that students really are using their campus libraries for knuckling down to some serious study.
According to a survey by Cengage Learning, 74% of the 3,000 students they questioned ticked solo study sessions as their primary use of the library, whilst accessing online databases accounted for 51% of the top responses. The full findings from the survey can be read on Cengage’s website at: http://blog.cengage.com/top-four-reasons-students-use-their-college-library/
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