What a great little mover!

One of me in SL

This is "me"

Wouldn’t you just believe it! Yesterday I was moaning on my other blog about how we need to have the same sort of easy access to ebooks in academia as we do in the everyday world. And there you are – Amazon do it 🙂 Bless-their-little-cotton-socks, it is only in the USA at the moment but you can “rent a textbook” from them on Kindle for a few days at a time. I wonder how long it will take before this practice becomes common-place?

Now back to the Bloomsbury Conference at UCL. If you have a science background and haven’t heard of PLoS (Public Library of Science) or PLoS ONE before, you should have. Damien Pattinson their Executive Director talked about PLoS ONE, a PLoS journal that provides open access to scientific and medical papers. PLoS ONE is a peer-reviewed journal with very fast publication times – a matter of weeks rather than months or years. If you want to get published and published fast contact them. PLoS ONE publish 70% of the papers sent to them, the authors retain the copyright but the papers are published under an attribution Creative Commons Licence. The usage and linkage metrics for the articles is also published which is really useful feedback for the authors.

I must admit that I have been fascinated by the next speaker, Claire Ross. I started following her on Twitter and was very pleased to find she was speaking at this conference. Claire spoke about the relevance of social media to researchers. Claire stated that many more of them are now realising just how useful these media are in communicating and collaborating with other researchers. I suppose Claire should know ‘cos she is an experienced researcher herself. She is presently Lead Researcher on the Qrator project and Chair of the Digital Learning Network (a network for museums, libraries and archives).

Must dash now but I’ll tell you more tomorrow.

About timjohnson
I came through a tortuous path to the role of Adviser in Digital Literacy in the Information and Learning Services Department. In the past I was a: Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics, Senior Lectuer in Midwifery, Midwifery Sister, Staff Midwife, Nurse, Secretary, Bars Manager. I would have liked to be a jeweller and silver smith but of course there is always retirement for that :)

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