Researching the Value of the Impact Factor

Impact factors were released this week. The impact factor has long been a measure of a journal’s research output, but in recent years there have many attempts to find alternative ways to expand how research is assessed. This excerpt from Diversity, value and limitations of the journal impact factor and alternative metrics in Rheumatology International explores some of the many other measurements available today.  Over the past decades, there have been many attempts to overcome limitations of the popular JIF and to propose new citation metrics bearing more comprehensive information on citable sources and their scientific value. The latter has become … Read more…

Researching the Choice to Publish Open Access

Interested in publishing open access, but have your mind set on publishing in a subscription-based journal? Our Open Choice option allows you to publish open access in more than 1,900 Springer Nature journals, making your research more visible and accessible, immediately on publication. Learn more about Open Access in this excerpt from Open access, social norms and publication choice by Matteo Migheli and Giovanni B. Ramello from the European Journal of Law and Economics. Find out more about the Open Access options available to our authors, including our OA funding options. The full article can be read via the SharedIt … Read more…

Researching February’s News with SharedIt

Interested in learning more about the facts behind the stories you read from the media? Each month we’re pulling some of the major headlines from the news, and pairing them with research articles related to the topic. With the power of SharedIt, you’ll be able to read full journal articles and share them with others! The drought in Cape Town, South Africa has worsened, resulting in a limit of 50 liters per day of water. Learn more about the phenomenon in the region in Dimensions of drought: South African case studies from GeoJournal. Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX, launched the most … Read more…

Sharing Your Research With Your Social Network

When your research is published and ready for sharing, tackling the best way to share it on social media may seem daunting. If you only frequent social media for personal use, you may feel uncomfortable putting your work out there for all to see. If you’re already using social media to highlight your research, you may worry about crossing the line into being too overly promotional and intrusive. We’ve compiled this simple plan to get you started with sharing your research on social media. A few key pointers to keep in mind: Your journal article’s SharedIt link makes it possible … Read more…

Researching January’s News with SharedIt

Interested in learning more about the facts behind the stories you read from the media? Each month we’re pulling some of the major headlines from the news, and pairing them with research articles related to the topic. With the power of SharedIt, you’ll be able to read full journal articles and share them with others! Disagreements on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) led to a government shutdown in the United States this month. Learn more about the effects of DACA in Schooling and labor market effects of temporary authorization: evidence from DACA from the Journal of Population Economics. This month … Read more…

Researching November’s News with SharedIt

Interested in learning more about the facts behind the stories you read from the media? Each month we’re pulling some of the major headlines from the news, and pairing them with research articles related to the topic. With the power of SharedIt, you’ll be able to read full journal articles and share them with others! The FIFA corruption trial began in New York courts in the United States this month. If found guilty, South American officials could face prison time. Learn more about the corruption issues in: World cup 2026 now accepting bribes: a fundamental transformation of FIFA’s world cup … Read more…

Researching October’s News with SharedIt

Interested in learning more about the facts behind the stories you read from the media? Each month we’re pulling some of the major headlines from the news, and pairing them with research articles related to the topic. With the power of SharedIt, you’ll be able to read full journal articles and share them with others! Catalonia’s desire to declare independence from Spain remains a major issue for the region, which could result in major economical issues and instability. Discover more about the Prospects for an Independent Catalonia in the International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society. Japan called a snap … Read more…

Researching September’s News with SharedIt

Interested in learning more about the facts behind the stories you read from the media? Each month we’re pulling some of the major headlines from the news, and pairing them with research articles related to the topic. With the power of SharedIt, you’ll be able to read full journal articles and share them with others! US President Donald Trump announced ending DACA earlier this month among much controversy. Learn more about how DACA effects the labor market and schooling efforts in the Journal of Population Economics: Schooling and labor market effects of temporary authorization: evidence from DACA Hurricanes have been wreaking … Read more…

How do researchers use social media and scholarly collaboration networks (SCNs)?

Written by: Tina Harseim, Head of Social Media, Springer Nature Gregory Goodey, Research Analyst, Springer Nature Social media is not only a way for authors and publishers to disseminate research findings, it’s also increasingly being used by researchers to discover and read scientific content. To better understand how social media and scholarly collaboration networks (SCNs) are used within academia to support research activity, Springer Nature conducted a survey in February. This was in follow up to a Nature survey carried out in 2014. (The original survey can be found here: Online collaboration: Scientists and the social network) Over 3,000 researchers … Read more…

Researching the News with SharedIt

Interested in learning more about the facts behind the stories you read from the media? Each month we’re pulling some of the major headlines from the news, and pairing them with research articles related to the topic. With the power of SharedIt, you’ll be able to read full journal articles and share them with others! On 4 April a tragic terrorist attack took place in St. Petersburg, Russia inside a metro train. Learn more about the threat of terrorist attacks targeting rail bound traffic in this article from the Journal of Transportation Security: Rail bound traffic—a prime target for contemporary terrorist attacks? The … Read more…