[ASC-list] 'Publish or perish' & deadline for submissions: Assessing the wider benefits arising from university-based research
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Tue Aug 6 05:43:57 UTC 2013
If you recall, this previous discussion (see below) included mention of the
ASC putting together a submission on "Assessing the wider benefits arising
from university-based research".
Submissions are due next week and we will be circulating a draft ASC
submission next Monday for comment by interested parties by Wednesday.
If you know you will be contributing you might like to prepare your own
comments in advance of next Monday by completing the submission form here:
On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM, Will Grant <will.grant at anu.edu.au> wrote:
> ASC submitting a response: Yes.
> Help: wonderful
> ASC member comment: agreed
> On 26/06/2013, at 2:02 PM, Nancy Longnecker <nancy.longnecker at uwa.edu.au>
> > Hello Will,
> > Thank you for pointing out this opportunity. You are right that this has
> the potential for a large impact on science communication in Australia.
> > Is ASC going to submit an official response? If so, I am happy to be
> involved in drafting a submission. I suggest that a draft should be widely
> circulated for membership comment.
> > Cheers, Nancy
> > Assoc Prof Nancy Longnecker
> > Science Communication
> > School of Animal Biology, M092
> > The University of Western Australia
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> > From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au [
> asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au] On Behalf Of Will Grant [
> will.grant at anu.edu.au]
> > Sent: Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:57 AM
> > To: George Aranda
> > Cc: ASC Lists; Brendon Cant
> > Subject: Re: [ASC-list] 'Publish or perish'
> > Hi all,
> > Along the lines of this discussion, you might all be interested in the
> moves afoot in the Department of … to change the ways research is assessed
> - slightly away from internal metrics (citations etc) to wider impact.
> > This is of big importance to science communicators, and we have the
> opportunity to influence how this discussion goes.
> > See their email below:
> > Good afternoon,
> > As you may be aware, in November 2012, the Government announced its
> intention to assess the broader economic, social and environmental benefits
> arising from all elements of government research investment, including
> those benefits arising from university-based research.
> > In support of this work, the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate
> Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, in consultation with the
> Australian Research Council, has prepared a discussion paper on Assessing
> the wider benefits arising from university-based research.
> > The discussion paper is now available at www.innovation.gov.au/impact<
> http://www.innovation.gov.au/impact>. The department would appreciate
> hearing your views and/or yourorganisation’s views in response to the
> issues raised in the paper. Also, please feel free to forward this advice
> to any other parties that you think might be interested in making a
> > A preferred template for responses is available online at
> > Submissions are due by 16 August 2013 via impact at innovation.gov.au
> <mailto:impact at innovation.gov.au>.
> > Enquiries about the paper and any further consultation may also be sent
> to this address.
> > Dr Will J Grant
> > Graduate Studies Convener | Australian National Centre for the Public
> Awareness of Science
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> > On 25/06/2013, at 2:02 PM, George Aranda <george.aranda at deakin.edu.au
> <mailto:george.aranda at deakin.edu.au>> wrote:
> > Hi Brendon,
> > I agree with Nancy in the difficulty of getting scientists to
> communicate – it’s not their fault ☺. At the recent ScienceRewired
> conference there was some discussion about scientists who use twitter and
> observe an increase in citations. One way you can approach scientists would
> be to advocate social media like twitter, which has been demonstrated to
> increase citations and then would provide those interested with a
> justification to use twitter in their own time.
> > Here is a quick lit search:
> > http://www.sagepub.com/authors/journal/10ways.sp
> > http://www.jmir.org/2011/4/e123/
> > http://blog.ketyov.com/2011/07/role-of-facebook-and-twitter-in.html
> > I plan to approach the Deakin Faculty of Science about similar things.
> > Cheers,
> > George
> > From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au<mailto:
> asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au> [mailto:
> asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au]<mailto:[mailto:
> asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au]> On Behalf Of Brendon Cant
> > Sent: Tuesday, 25 June 2013 12:54 PM
> > To: ASC Lists
> > Subject: [ASC-list] 'Publish or perish'
> > I’m interested to learn if anyone can point me to some ‘pointers’ for
> ‘educating’ scientists and researchers on why publishing in peer reviewed
> international journals is not the be all and end all of communicating their
> research. Encouraging scientists to be comfortable with providing details
> to non-indexed publications, in other words working with media and
> communicating research, including purpose, methodology and findings,
> preliminary or otherwise, is the core of communication for science
> communicators, but sometimes it can be a battle, as we all know.
> Researchers, especially those in universities, have a publish or perish
> mentality and the scientific publishing numbers game they frequently insist
> on playing is to the detriment of the very people who fund them, often the
> taxpayer and, increasingly, private, corporate funders. If there’s public
> money involved, surely scientists have an obligation to let the wider
> community, not just their scientific peers, know what they’re up to,
> especially if there’s public good in the equation.
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