A Librarian from Singapore Management University. Into social media, bibliometrics, library technology and above all libraries.
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In my last post, I talked about the state of retractions in the literature and how so much of the literature includes authors who probably unknowingly cites retracted works

As journals (possibly even peer reviewers) are increasingly screening citations for retractions, it might be also a good idea to do your own screening before you submit your manuscript to avoid embarrassment. It is one thing to cite on purpose a retracted work , another to be unaware of what you are doing.

Below I detail two types of tools you can use — firstly pre-submission manuscript health check tools and secondly Reference Managers with useful features that check citations for retractions and other useful signals. …


It’s 2020 and we are settling down into and getting used to life where COVID is the norm. What new research tools have emerged that are worth checking out?

Most of the items are the list are either brand new, or have interesting new features to look out for.

Prior versions —Feb 2020, July 2019, Dec 2018, July 2018,

  1. Further developments in scite (I) — more advanced search options
  2. scite visualization trees and scite reference check
  3. Semantic Scholar improves cited by screen
  4. More citation mapping tools — Connected Papers , Local Citation Network , Cocites , Papergraph
  5. 2D Search expands support of more search engines including Lens.org and ERIC + new method to find review…


Chinese translated version available here

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Some Discovery Citation Indexes in 2020

In terms of cross disciplinary citation indexes that are used for discovery, everyone knows of the two incumbants — Web of Science and Scopus(2004). Joined by the large web scale Google Scholar (2004), these three reigned as the “Big 3” of citation indexes for roughly a decade more or less unchallenged.

However 10 years later, around 2015 and in the years after, a new generation of citation indexes started to emerge to challenge the big 3 in a variety of ways .

As of time of writing in 2020, some of these new challengers have had a couple of years of development. …


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Starting your research in a totally new area and unsure where to start? Wouldn’t it be nice if someone had done the work for you already, surveying the research landscape of papers of importance and interest in the area you are interested in and even commenting and evaluating on the results?

Sounds like a pipe dream? Not really. Find one of the following types of research and things becomes tons easier as they bring together citation rich resources on a specific area as assessed by an expert in the area. Say the concept you are studying is “Servant leadership”. …


Authors: Aaron Tay (SMU Libraries, Singapore Management University), Bianca Kramer (Utrecht University Library), Ludo Waltman (Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University)

The value of open and interoperable metadata of scientific articles is increasingly being recognized, as demonstrated by the work of organizations such as Crossref, DataCite, and OpenCitations and by initiatives such as Metadata 2020 and the Initiative for Open Citations. At the same time, scientific articles are increasingly being made openly accessible, stimulated for instance by Plan S, AmeliCA, and recent developments in the US, and also by the need for open access to coronavirus literature.

In this post, we focus on a key issue at the interface of these two developments: The open availability of abstracts of scientific articles. Abstracts provide a summary of an article and are part of an article’s metadata. We first discuss the many ways in which abstracts can be used and we then explore the availability of abstracts. The open availability of abstracts is surprisingly limited. This creates important obstacles to scientific literature search, bibliometric analysis, and automatic knowledge extraction. …


TL;DR — This article shows you a reliable search strategy that you can use in Lens.org to find meta-analysis, systematic reviews, review articles of topics you are interested in regardless of your discipline to help kick start your research. I covered the rationale for doing this with Lens.org earlier, in this article, I will show an easy way to adept a well tuned search strategy to your topic of interest in 5 minute flat using 2D Search (a free tool that now supports Lens.org).

Starting off your research in a new area like leadership, creativity and overwhelmed by the amount of papers out there and have no idea where to start? Perhaps you have heard that one good way is to look for things like “review articles”, “systematic reviews”, “meta-analysis” or “bibliography” that summarise the research in an area. …


It’s a new year, and here are more research tools to keep your eye out on. Most of the items are the list are either brand new, or have interesting new features to look out for.

Prior versions — July 2019, Dec 2018, July 2018

1. Semantic Scholar is enhanced with Microsoft academic graph data and now covers more than just Computer Science and Life Sciences. JISC CORE has done the same with MAG, Crossref, Pubmed.

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Semantic Scholar isn’t new , but until recently it only covered limited domains. But with the recent tie up with Microsoft Academic they now have increased their coverage from 40 million records to 175 million records , covering almost every domain.

Why consider Semantic Scholar as your search tool

Semantic Scholar has the name denotes, tries to use Machine Learning to derive semantic meaning from the full text in article. …


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TL;DR — This articles shows you a reliable search strategy that you can use in Lens.org to find meta-analysis, systematic reviews, review articles of topics you are interested in regardless of your discipline to help kick start your research. I also do a comparison of this search strategy in Lens.org against Pubmed and show that this search strategy yields similar results, giving some assurance on the reliabilty of this method.

One of the techniques I teach new research students when starting a deep dive into a research area they are not familar with is to look out for review articles, systematic reviews, meta-analysis which provide an expert’s view of a given topic as well as providing a rich source of references to mine. …


Reproduced (lightly edited) from a interview conducted by Chinmayee Bhange for Open Interview , dated April 22, 2019.

Some of my thoughts on how academic libraries has changed in the past decade and the most pressing issues facing academic libraries today.

Aaron Tay is Library Analytics Manager and Research Librarian at Singapore Management University. He has keen interest and curiosity in many areas of academic librarianship. His thoughts on librarianship are constantly evolving and shared on his award winning blog — Musings about Librarianship.

Open Interview brings Tay’s exclusive interview with Chinmayee Bhange with the aim to introduce how a library analytics manager and research librarian uses technology and professional knowledge and keeps himself updated to provide the better information services to his users. His thoughts and experiences shared in this interview encourage us to use technology more creatively and in a balanced way with the ultimate aim to help users. …

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