Google Scholar is a useful tool and now has a dedicated blog. The first post is dedicated to email alerts.
It’s unimaginable, in 2010, that an alert service would not provide an RSS feed, so I can only assume that this feature will appear “in due course”. In the meantime, a quick Google search for create rss feed from website lead me to 7 Tools To Make An RSS Feed Of Any Website. I quickly tested them all and I agree with the author of the article: Feed43 is the winner.
The process for creating a Google Scholar feed is a little complex. Here’s my first attempt.
Update: interesting FriendFeed thread, where people point out that (a) scraping Google Scholar is quite likely to fail and (b) this is not the same as an alert, since results are not ordered by date.
Read the rest…
The Australian, our national newspaper, is usually not my preferred read but does have a good higher education section. Our new government has just thrown out an assessment exercise named the Research Quality Framework (RQF) – it will be replaced with something very similar, no doubt. Disturbingly, Thomson Scientific were given a licensing agreement by the previous government to supply the data for the RQF.
Imagine my delight to find newspaper articles discussing the shortcomings of impact factors, the rise of Google Scholar and the open-source software of Anne-Wil Harzing:
- Research Review Heats Up
“…commercial rivals such as Elsevier’s Scopus database and software built on Google Scholar have entered the market while the rise of research assessment linked to promotion and funding has made academics ask searching questions about the integrity of Thomson ISI as the key player.”
- Metrics debate is the rule
“Australia’s closer embrace of metrics comes at a time of fierce international debate about research assessment.”
Not entirely unrelated:
- Scientists ‘obliged’ to share wisdom – so says the science minister
- Science left to rue a roo genome – on the sorry state of genomics in Australia