From this first month of the year, I recommend the following posts, analysis and papers:

 Review books:

  • In Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think, two of the world’s most-respected data experts reveal the reality of a big data world and outline clear and actionable steps that will equip the reader with the tools needed for this next phase of human evolution. Link
  • In A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences, Gary Goertz and James Mahoney argue that qualitative and quantitative methods constitute different cultures, each internally coherent yet marked by contrasting norms, practices, and toolkits. The authors seek to promote toleration, exchange, and learning by aiming to enable scholars to think beyond their own culture and see an alternative scientific worldview. Link
  • Writing high quality grant applications is easier when you know how research funding agencies work and how your proposal is treated in the decision-making process. The Research Funding Toolkit aims to provide this knowledge and teach readers the necessary skills to write high quality grant applications. Link
  • All social researchers need to think about ethical issues. But what are ethical issues? And how should they be approached? Ethics in Qualitative Research: Controversies and Contexts explores conflicting philosophical assumptions, the diverse social contexts in which ethical problems arise, and the complexities of handling them in practice. Link

Scientific Papers:

  • Title: Social Media Metrics – A Framework and Guidelines for Managing Social Media. Author(s): Peters, Kay; Chen, Yubo; Kaplan, Andreas M.; et al.
    Source: JOURNAL OF INTERACTIVE MARKETING, 27 (4): 281–298 NOV 2013


  • Continuous Publishing and the rise of the Open-Source Academic. Professors Little and Carrigan reflect on the professional development and rising influence of the open-source academic. For both Little and Carrigan, the integration of blogging into working practices constitutes the starting point for traditional scholarship rather than something in opposition to it. Link
  • Creating, curating and circulating research: our top five posts on Social Media 2013 (Blog of the London School of Economics and Political Science). Link
  • Twitter and traditional bibliometrics are separate but complementary aspects of research impact. Emily Darling discusses the results and finds that while altmetrics may do a poor job at predicting the traditional success of scholarly articles, it is becoming increasingly apparent that research can contribute to both scientific and social outcomes. Link
  • Practice Safe Science: Five reasons to protect your scientific data. The tech company Digital Science produced an infographic that captures five reasons why more attention is needed to attain a more secure system. Nathan Westgarth elaborates on the points presented and on how the research process can be made more efficient through the better use of technology. Link

4 Posts from Janet D. Stemwedel about Building knowledge, training new scientists, sharing a world. They are very interesting comments for new researchers.

  • Questions for the non-scientists in the audience (part 1). Link
  • Scientists’ powers and ways they shouldn’t use them: Obligations of scientists (part 2). Link
  • Don’t be evil: Obligations of scientists (part 3). [Link](–3/]
  • How plagiarism hurts knowledge-building: Obligations of scientists (part 4). Link

Other stuffs:

  • Judging a book by its URLs: accurate and concise digital references are central to academic rigour and credibility. Tim Hitchcock. Drawing from his recent experience of editing over 4000 URLs for his book, he reflects on the value of the process. In URLs and their associated footnotes lies a claim to and evidence of the hard labour that underpins the book itself, opening up scholarship to credible criticism that goes beyond simple romantic appreciation and prejudice. Link


  • Transana. Advanced Seminar in Qualitative Research. Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. March 7th, 2014. Link