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Top trends for libraries in 2020

Academic libraries are massive institutions which serve thousands of students and faculty and manage enormous quantities of data. Teams of dedicated staff are required to keep all the wheels turning, and a great deal of research goes into adapting practices to best serve the changing needs of those searching for knowledge. We’ve gone through research from this year’s Charleston Library Conference to once again bring you the biggest issues librarians around the world are working on.


Why social scientists should engage early in the research life cycle

Research in the social sciences can be a linear process of data collection, analysis, publication that ends with dissemination. However, in practice it can also be a non-linear cyclical process, especially as new forms of digital communication allow ideas and findings to be shared and receive feedback at different stages throughout a research project. In this post Michelle Kuepper, Katie Metzler and Daniela Duca highlight the benefits that social scientists might find in engaging early with the research life cycle and the growing array of digital tools that are enabling researchers to do so.


The Tech Threat: Are Academic Meetings Replaceable?

New technologies and scholarly communication tools may seem like a threat to the exchange of ideas that used to take place exclusively at academic meetings. Livestreaming enables scholars to attend conferences remotely, and content is often available online for less than the cost of attendance. That being said, conference organizers should not be fearful that technology will take the place of in-person meetings any time soon. Here’s why.


Investigating new links in oral fluid and eating disorders

As part of our ongoing series, we are continuing to highlight research from our platform that has gone on to publication. In this way, we can gather insight about what the journey is like for researchers from the initial spark of inspiration, to the poster, and finally to a peer-reviewed paper. We recently sat down with Elzbieta Paszynska, a researcher from the Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland who first presented her findings at the European College for Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Congress in 2017. Her work went on to be published in BioMed Research International and Clinical Oral Investigations in 2018. In this interview, we go over why interdisciplinary collaboration is so important and dive into the implications of her research for other fields.


Making conferences more diverse and inclusive

The issue of inequality in STEM has received considerable attention in recent years, as women and minorities are vastly under-represented in these fields. While governments launch campaigns to increase participation of marginalized groups and academic institutions rewrite their policies, what else can be done to tackle this problem?