Quality of scientific publications

Quality of scientific publications beyond standard output indicators

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We all know that it is not possible to determine absolutely or categorically the quality of scientific publications. However, there are quantitative indicators that allow an approximate assessment of their impact on the scientific community. These indicators are useful to know which publications have higher or lower prestige in the different scientific disciplines and—more importantly but questionable—to make decisions about third parties, based on the prestige of a publication (for example, the promotion of faculty)…

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Between being and nothingness: The editorial management of scientific journals today

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The changes that are taking place in the way of making and communicating scientific advances in the Social Sciences and Humanities pose challenges for the editorial projects of journals, create some opportunities, and involve some risks. In the last three decades, but especially in the most recent one, the editorial management models of Social Sciences and Humanities journals have been substantially modified…

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Fiesta del libro 2017

Believing so much in reading that it comes true

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Reading can transform everything. This is an idea that I keep turning over in my mind. Like in the story of that king: everything that reading touches is turned, not into gold, but into something much more valuable. But reading is elusive; at first, it may sound even selective, but is not that proud; it is just that reading waits and waits for the best time to change a life. And as soon as it is given the chance because of a moment of boredom, because of a chance encounter, reading enters and gets its way…

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Tips in Writing a Review of Related Literature

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One of the first few parts in writing a research paper is the review of related literature. When I was still a student, this section just intimidates me as it sounded like it requires a lot of reading and writing. True enough, it does. However, the review of related literature anchors your research in the academic field that cradles your research topic…

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Ten Years of Celebration

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Ten years ago, Medellín decided to turn culture into a celebration. While there had been previous unsuccessful attempts to bring together citizens of all social, economic, and cultural backgrounds, they were left in the past. Hosting a festival of books would mean a return to the public space and announcing that the streets belong to us all. The new event dedicated to reading would place young readers front and center, with the city investing its best efforts to motivate children and adolescents from local educational institutions…

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