JURN returns


Ooops. I left off all JURN activity for a month, to write a book (Tolkien, 180,000 words), and… the jurn.org webspace has vanished. The webspace hosting service got badly hacked, a while back, and the account details became disconnected from the credit-card details. The site’s still all there, just made inaccessible by the provider. I’m now considering my options, re: switching hosting/domain.

Anyway, while I get it sorted out, JURN is still accessible here:

JURN Search

This is a link to the ‘raw’ CSE page which is maintained by Google, and of course it never goes down. I see that it now offers the options for sort-by-date and image-search, which the fancy front-page was able to offer. It’s not so pretty or easy to remember the URL for, but it does the job.

The Directory of 3,000 arts & humanities journals in JURN can be had on this blog as a saved PDF.

And finally, GRAFT, my beta ‘all known repositories’ search-engine is still accessible, again via the Google-hosted version…

GRAFT : repository search, searching across full-text and records alike.


Added to JURN

Research in Learning Technology

Le Foucaldien (Michel Foucault)

Grove : Working Papers on English Studies, The

Selim : International Journal of the Spanish Society for Medieval English Language and Literature

The latter two are currently poorly indexed. Selim in terms of access to full-text, which is only via their site and not yet via aggregators.


Publications of the Asian Development Bank (new URL)

On ResearchGate

What publishers can take away from the latest early career researcher research ($), a five-page “Industry Update” for the journal Learned Publishing, 28th April 2018…

“ResearchGate is unquestionably the scholarly elephant in the room, which despite being just 10 years old boasts 15 million research members and is still growing at a rate of knots. … publisher offerings can look monastic and parochial by comparison. […] It looks rather like the new scholarly world order.” […] “Much depends on whether ECRs [early-career-researchers] take their millennial beliefs in sharing, openness, and transparency into leadership positions. [and if] publishers [start] feeding ResearchGate rather than competing with it – [making it] a publishing Amazon”.

The Update is by the team doing an industry-supported three-year cohort study of search and similar practices. Their first two reports are Early Career Researchers: the harbingers of change? Year One 2016 and now also the Year Two 2017 report, both free and public at the same website. Apparently the cohort of around 100+ is all science and social studies.

Also fairly new, and related, “ResearchGate and Academia.edu as networked socio-technical systems for scholarly communication: a literature review” (OA), in the Research in Learning Technology journal, 20th February 2018…

“a thorough understanding is still lacking of how these sites operate as networked socio-technical systems reshaping scholarly practices and academic identity. This article analyses 39 empirical studies published in peer-reviewed journals with a specific focus on ResearchGate and Academia.edu.”

Google Search currently suggests circa 72-million full-text PDFs at ResearchGate, although given the above Industry Update statement on ‘the 15m members’ we can probably assume some 10m of those PDFs are just CVs (which are nearly all excluded from JURN, by the way). Remove other fluff and I guess there might be circa 50m proper papers there. It would then be interesting to work out what “the uniques” are, by removing the papers freely available elsewhere in repositories and OA journals and suchlike. I’d very roughly guess that including ResearchGate PDFs in JURN may bring in some 5m to 8m papers not found elsewhere.

Empty pods

A small opportunity, for someone interested in an empty podcasting niche they might want to fill…

The screenshots above are from Listen Notes, the biggest and best podcast search-engine.

My main suggestion on getting a listener-ship would be to steer clear of starting with the usual ‘OA – the basics’ introductions, or opening with weeks of rehashing the yawn-inducing ‘funding arguments’. Instead focus on the human stories behind real OA successes, told as 50 minute interviews and interspersed with occasional deft 20-second ‘blip-verts’ explaining the more obscure bits of technical terminology just mentioned.

Added to JURN

Mashriq & Mahjar : journal of Middle East and North Africa Migration Studies

African Journal for Transformational Scholarship (Tanzania)

Soma : An International Journal of Theological Discourses and Counter-Discourses (Tanzania)

Southern African Humanities

Correspondences : Online Journal for the Academic Study of Western Esotericism

Botswana documents (planning, ecology, and natural resources in Chobe, Botswana, and the wider Zambezi region)

NJAS-Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences (1993-2008)

How to compare two texts side by side

How to compare two texts side by side, with line sync and more:

1. Get the free 32-bit Notepad ++. It must be the 32-bit version. Install, open, then close the software.

2. Get the free ComparePlugin for Notepad ++, which no longer ships with the software by default. Download the Unicode version, currently ‘Compare_1_5_6_UNI_dll.zip’. This is a 32-bit plugin and it cannot run with the 64-bit Notepad ++.

3. Unzip the plugin and extract ComparePlugin.dll, somewhere outside of C:\Program Files. Then copy/paste ComparePlugin.dll to…

C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\plugins

4. Restart Notepad ++. Open two files you wish to compare.

5. From the top menu in Notepad ++, run Compare from the Plugins menu…

You get sophisticated line-matching, line-synchronisation, and yet also clear identification of non-matching lines in either document.