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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Measurement scales and their use in education

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When we want to conduct a study in the field of education, we find variables whose quantification is not possible or directly realizable. This is the case, for example, of a person’s sex, motivation or attitude towards studies. According to the nature of data, a measurement scale is the instrument that allows to classify them, order them, and even perform statistical tests for their analysis. How are these scales used? The first step is their creation, for which it is necessary to know what type of variable we are going to deal with. Thus, scales are classified into nominal, ordinal, interval or ratio: Nominal scales deal with variables that can only be classified (e.g., sex: male or female). Ordinal scales deal with variables that cannot only be classified, but also ordered…

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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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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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Open access in the Netherlands

The Netherlands: paving the way for Open Access

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Publicly funded scientific research should be freely accessible. With this basic principle firmly in mind, in 2014, the Dutch started negotiations with eight large national and international scholarly publishers, which have already borne fruit. The Netherlands is the fastest growing open access country in the world. Globally, the Netherlands is even considered an agent of change, paving the way for other countries with open access ambitions…

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