The PICO model as search strategy tool

By Mette Brandt Eriksen & Tove Faber Fransen

The systematic review The impact of patient, intervention, comparison, outcome (PICO) as a search strategy tool on literature search quality: a systematic review aimed to determine, if the widely used conceptualizing model, PICO (patient, intervention, comparison, outcome) affects the quality of a literature search, when used as a search strategy tool. The PICO model is often used to structure research questions that forms the basis for e.g. systematic reviews and in addition as a tool to develop search strategies. There are, however, no studies that have investigated, if the PICO model improves the quality of literature searches. … Continue reading Continue reading

Barriers to a smooth doctoral journey and development of a library-based café service

By Lone Bredahl Jensen, Katrine Astrup Jacobsen og Kamilla Jensen Husen

Obtaining a PhD degree is a precondition for a scientific career. The journey towards the PhD degree can be both lonesome and full of obstacles and may lead to drop out, regardless of the PhD students’ scientific potential. This article communicates a project undertaken by University Library of Southern Denmark to litmus test the idea of a social service offered to PhD students by the university library, and to generate substantial ideas for specific contents of this service. … Continue reading Continue reading

Merry work: libraries and citizen science

By Bertil F. Dorch, Thomas Kaarsted, Anne Kathrine Overgaard, Tiberius Ignat , Paul Ayris, Ignasi Labastida i Juan, Susan Reilly

This article highlights important new opportunities for libraries by analysing the roles they could potentially play in citizen science projects. Citizen science is one of the eight pillars of open science identified by the Open Science Policy Platform, an EC Working Group. The authors of the article suggest that roles for libraries wishing to support or engage in citizen science could include contributing to specific skills development; building and maintaining collections of protocols, data forms and educational materials; contributing to making data FAIR; supporting new communication roles; participating in recruitment and helping volunteers to participate in projects; … Continue reading Continue reading

The Cost of Astronomy: Publishing fees in astronomy: Is something rotten in the case of Denmark?

By Bertil F. Dorch

Using Scopus and national sources, I have investigated the evolution of the cost of publishing in Danish astronomy on a fine scale over a number of years. I find that the number of publications per year from Danish astronomers increased by a factor of four during 15 years: naturally, the corresponding potential cost of publishing must have increased similarly. The actual realized cost of publishing in core journals are investigated for a high profile Danish astronomy research institutions. … Continue reading Continue reading

The application of bibliometric analysis: disciplinary and user aspect

By Ole Ellegaard

Bibliometric analysis (BA) has been used increasingly as a tool within the scientific community. Interplay is vital between those involved in refining bibliometric methods and the recipients of this type of analysis. Production as well as citations patterns reflect working methodologies in different disciplines within the specialized Library and Information Science (LIS) field, as well as in the non-specialist (non-LIS) professional field. We extract the literature on bibliometric analyses from Web of Science (WoS) in all fields of science and analyze clustering of co-occurring keywords at an aggregate level. It reveals areas of interconnected literature with different impact on the LIS and the non-LIS community. … Continue reading Continue reading

Applying Bourdieu’s Field Theory to Analyze the Changing Status of the Research Librarian

By Charlotte Wien & Bertil F. Dorch

Research librarians no longer need to perform as many of the traditional the chores of the research library. This is due to many factors like digitalization, changing research policies and changes in researchers’ behaviour. With these changes also comes a demand for new skills.… Continue reading Continue reading

Research integrity among PhD students within clinical research at the University of Southern Denmark

By Lone Bredahl, Kirsten Ohm Kyvik, Rikke Leth-Larsen, Mette Brandt Eriksen

Responsible conduct of research is the basis for the credibility of all research. Sometimes, however, research is carried out in a sloppy or even fraudulent way. We undertook a survey of knowledge, attitudes, and experiences with research misconduct among PhD students in clinical research. Research misconduct was defined as fabrication, falsification or plagiarism, committed willfully or grossly negligently in the planning, performing or reporting of the research. … Continue reading Continue reading

The book collection of former rector Mogens Brøndsted in SDU Library: the works of Thorkild Bjørnvig

By Kamilla Husen Jensen

In 2015, the University Library of Southern Denmark was gifted the private library of the university’s first rector and professor in Danish literature, Mogens Brøndsted (1918-2006).The collection contains approximately 4000 volumes, many of which include a dedication to Brøndsted. These two articles deal with the dedications found in the poetry collections of the Danish writer Thorkild Bjørnvig (1918-2004)[In danish] … Continue reading Continue reading

Contraditing Incentives for Research Collaboration

By Charlotte Wien, Bertil F. Dorch & Asger V. Larsen

This study describes the Danish publication award system (BFI), investigates whether its built-in incentives have had an effect on publication behavior at the University of Southern Denmark, and discusses the possible future implications on researcher incentives should universities wish to measure BFI on the individual level.
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