Microsoft Academic Is on the Verge of Becoming a Bibliometric Superpower
Last year, the new Microsoft Academic service was launched. Sven E. Hug and Martin P. Brändle look at how it compares with more established competitors such as Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science.
We find Nature Research's critical attitude towards journal impact factors, embodied in its signing of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA; Nature544, 394; 2017), to be inconsistent with the aims of its Nature Index.
At the Researcher to Reader conference, a volunteer project called Project Cupcake was launched to define a new suite of indicators to help researchers judge publishers, rather than the other way around.
Global Coalition Pushes for Unrestricted Sharing of Scholarly Citation Data
A coalition of scholarly publishers, researchers, and nonprofit organizations launched the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC), a project to promote the unrestricted open access to scholarly citation data.
The Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) was launched on April 6th, 2017. Over the course of about six months, the initiative has made a large fraction of the citation data that link all scholarship freely available.