Vicenc Fernandez' posts

PhD Dissertation: New forms of entrepreneurship and innovation for developing Smart Cities

In this academic course, Didier Grimaldi (one of my PhD candidate) has presented and defended her PhD Dissertation at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech. Presentation and defense have been excellent and her speech at Question Time has been quite good. In addition to the high quality of his research, it is necessary […]

By |Wednesday, March 8 2017|Research|Comments Off on PhD Dissertation: New forms of entrepreneurship and innovation for developing Smart Cities

Scrivener: The Swiss Army Knife of Text Editors

In previous posts, I have defended the use of Latex for the final version of scientific papers (all my doctoral students do). However, today I will introduce a different text editor which has some very interesting features for those who consider that Latex is too heavy.

Scrivener is a multi-vitamin editor with many features, options […]

By |Wednesday, February 22 2017|Software|Comments Off on Scrivener: The Swiss Army Knife of Text Editors

What does entrepreneur mean?

There is considerable confusion with the term entrepreneur in the business world. Many people use the terms entrepreneur and businessman indistinctly; However, they are two figures quite different for the role they have to play.
As a general rule, people usually define entrepreneur as a person who is able to start a business project. However, […]

By |Wednesday, February 8 2017|Private|Comments Off on What does entrepreneur mean?

ScholarTown: a scholarly freelance platform

Hello everybody,

After a few months I have not had time to upload a new post, I’ve decided to go back to it. Today I present a service that I found out on the web last week. Its name is ScholarTown and it’s a platform for researchers (employers) who need to identify and recruit scholarly […]

By |Monday, January 30 2017|Research|Comments Off on ScholarTown: a scholarly freelance platform

PaperHive: the future of reading

There are many online tools to research and to work collaboratively, but not in all stages of a research or in the broad sense of the concept collaboration. For example, we can share our papers by Mendeley, analyze our data with Dedoose, or write our manuscript at Overleaf. However, there hasn’t been a specific […]

By |Thursday, June 16 2016|Research, Software|Comments Off on PaperHive: the future of reading

How to read a scientific paper

Last week, I read a post about ‘How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists’ by Jennifer Raff in her blog VIOLENT METAPHORS.

In her post, Jennifer Raff explains that the reading of a scientific paper is not easy for non-scientists due to their nature and their own style focused on the scientific community […]

By |Thursday, June 9 2016|Research|Comments Off on How to read a scientific paper

Journal Scholar Metrics: A new Bibliometric Tool

I have just found out Journal Scholar Metrics, a new bibliometric tool developed by Spanish researchers that seeks to measure the performance of Art, Humanities, and Social Science journals by counting the number of bibliographic citations their articles have received according to Google Scholar. In addition, Journal Scholar Metrics is free and very easy to […]

By |Tuesday, May 24 2016|Research|Comments Off on Journal Scholar Metrics: A new Bibliometric Tool

Interactive R class for the intimidated

Last week, I found out an amazing course to learn R. The course introduces students to the very basics of R from running simple functions to manipulating datasets and creating graphs. Moreover, the course is designed for people with very little or no programming experience at all. The course contains 30 videos and 30 […]

By |Wednesday, May 11 2016|Research, Software, Teaching|Comments Off on Interactive R class for the intimidated

Searchers of scientific publications

Today we will talk about the four most common and known scientists search engine.


Scopus is a bibliographic database containing abstracts and citations for academic journal articles. It covers nearly 22,000 titles from over 5,000 publishers, of which 20,000 are peer-reviewed journals in the scientific, technical, medical, and social sciences (including arts and humanities). It […]

By |Wednesday, April 13 2016|Research, Software|Comments Off on Searchers of scientific publications

Markdown: Editing documents

In a previous post, we introduced Latex and discussed the advantages and disadvantages of this editing system. Today, I’m going to introduce Markdown, another editing system WYSIWYG (similar to Latex), where user enters the contents in a structured way according their semantic value, rather than in their final form. The main advantage of these text editors is that […]

By |Wednesday, December 9 2015|Software|Comments Off on Markdown: Editing documents