Virtual communities: Boosters of knowledge economy

The virtual communities, in today’s knowledge-based economy, are playing a crucial role in the socio-economic environment. This virtual community, that shares information and knowledge through the digital networks, has been the biggest influencer on a society. Vibhuti Patel portrays how virtual communities are silently boosting knowledge economy where knowledge is

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Why using Impact Factor for measuring research is snake oil?

The access to scholarly literature determines the citation behaviour, however, mere citation metrics of any sort are not a good measure to indicate quality. Despite this loophole, the Impact Factor is used for simpleness to measure productivity. Perhaps this is leading to mushrooming of predatory publications. To address this issue,

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How funders can change the academia seamlessly by sharing conference literature openly

Many funders do not share the deliberations of the academic events they fund. The funders are generally concerned with approving proposals, disbursing funds and documenting utilisation of funds. Santosh C. Hulagabali argues that the conference deliberations have become highly private affairs as funders seem less concerned about sharing conference literature

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Adaptability to e-learning: How a survey gives the right insights

The educational institutes that are planning to reach out to the students of semi-rural and rural areas need to be extra prepared to roll out ‘online education’ carpet. With the objective to check the status of online connectivity of the students, Gopakumar V. and team decided to carry out a

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Unfunded research: Why academics do it and its unvalued contribution to the impact agenda

Unfunded research takes time and money for already stretched academics. Yet it makes up over a quarter of all research carried out in British universities. Professor Rosalind Edwards has spoken to academics about why they do unfunded research and argues that universities need to revalue this work in light of the significant

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