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Fragmented publishing: a large-scale study of health science

By Mette Brandt Eriksen, Tove Faber Frandsen, David Mortan Grøne Hammer & Janne Buck Christensen

The study, Fragmented publishing: a large-scale study of health science aimed at investigating, if there is a tendency of an increased number of publications per study in a large dataset from health science over time. The prevalence of fragmented publishing, where authors expand the number of publications by e.g. salami slicing, is a known phenomenon. Splitting data or results into several publications is in general considered a questionable research practice. … Continue reading Continue reading

Literature search as a part of evidence based practice: Covering competencies, behavior and needs among nurses from Odense University Hospital

By Berit Elisabeth Alving, Anne Lee, Mette Bøg Horup & Lars Thrysøe

In 2017-2018, a questionnaire survey was conducted among nurses employed at Odense University Hospital (OUH) with the aim of identifying information search competencies, behavior and needs, to qualify future services from the University Library of Southern Denmark. One third of more than 4,000 nurses employed at OUH were included in the study, which is considered representative of nurses employed at OUH. [In Danish] … Continue reading Continue reading

Making Tycho Brahe’s Sky Accessible to Future Astronomers

By Bertil F. Dorch, Jakob Povl Holck, Kaare Lund Rasmussen & Majken Brahe Ellegaard Christensen

Can we make a copy of Tycho’s “De Nova Stella” that can in fact survive a nova? At first, this may seem at best a nerdish, if not distinctly foolish question. However, it is also both a technological and a philosophical question: in fact, answering questions like this is linked to both technical, physical and sociological problems related to the long-term preservation and curation of objects from current and past civilizations. … Continue reading Continue reading

Show us the money – towards more transparency in Open Access publishing

By Asger Væring Larsen

It’s known that a lot of money is being spent on APC’s – or Article Processing Charges. Often it is the author who pays through grants or the funding comes from the universities. But how much money are we talking about? We simply don’t know, and we cannot know until the expenses for APC’s are recorded and reported in a systematic way. Several projects have tried to estimate the magnitude, but these are hand held and not scalable or repeatable on an annual basis. We need agreements with the publishers that ensures transparency of the flow of money from universities and researchers to the publishers. [In Danish] … Continue reading Continue reading

Being a deliberate prey of a predator: Researchers’ thoughts after having published in predatory journal

By Charlotte Wien, Najmeh Shaghaei, Jakob Povl Holck, Anita L. Thiesen, Ole Ellegaard, Evgenios Vlachos, Thea Marie Drachen

A central question concerning scientific publishing is how researchers select journals to which they submit their work, since the choice of publication channel can make or break researchers. The gold-digger mentality developed by some publishers created the so-called predatory journals that accept manuscripts for a fee with little peer review. The literature claims that mainly researchers from low-ranked universities in developing countries publish in predatory journals. We decided to challenge this claim using the University of Southern Denmark as a case.
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A stiletto on a tender toe

By Charlotte Wien & Bertil F. Dorch

It was a bit of a hand grenade that the French research minister Madame Minister Frederique Vidal threw into the' letter box' of the research world at the opening of this year's European Research Library Conference, announcing that she had allocated approximately 113 billion DKK to revolutionize the assessment criteria for French researchers and ensure that all French research is made free and available free of charge. It sounds a lot of money, but is very reasonable because investment can be quickly re-enrolled and create better correlation between universities management and individual researchers goals.[In Danish]
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Digitizing musical cultural heritage in SDUB Special Collections

By Anne Helle Jespersen

The Special Collections at SDUB are unique with regard to music. This paper, presented at the 2018 IAML Congress (The International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres), will present aspects of digitization of music as cultural heritage i.e. unique jazz artefacts and photographs in The Jazz Collections and original music manuscripts written during the 100 years period 1560-1660 and contained in The Herlufholm Collections. … Continue reading Continue reading

New technologies and the Herlufsholm Special Collection

By Jakob Povl Holck

Is it possible to apply modern optical quality control technologies from the food industry to the advanced analysis of text fragments in old book covers? This was recently put to the test as the Danish company Newtec Engineering in Odense volunteered to help the University Library of Southern Denmark with advanced hyper and multispectral imagery – an endeavor that should lead to the reading and identification of “rare bites” of 16th century prints. As a rule, fragments of all sorts of materials, including medieval manuscript pieces, were used by the bookbinders of the time to reinforce book covers. [In Danish] … Continue reading Continue reading

Closer to Las Vegas than to Vancouver​

By Charlotte Wien & Kjeld Møller Pedersen

The number of authors on scientific papers are booming. The record is now 5,154 authors behind one article. Rumor has it, that some scientists are optimizing their own performance through systematic negotiations of authorship​s. Sometimes you're lucky, sometimes less fortunate – but one thing​ is sure: As a researcher you need many journal articles and citations on your CV in order to survive.[In Danish]
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Open access: everyone has the right to knowledge

By Bertil F. Dorch

Traditionally, knowledge breakthroughs and scientific discoveries are shared through publication in academic journals. Peer-reviewed and highly competitive, careers are made and broken on the number and impact of these publications. With the complex, long-standing hierarchy of journal ranking, scientific publishing is … Continue reading Open access: everyone has the right to knowledge