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Articles a​nd p​apers

‘Academese’, ‘church chat’ and the fear of alienating the congregation: exploring church preaching as a lexical environment (article)

This article discusses church preaching as an example of religious communication and professional practice. Homiletic (relating to preaching) literature expresses concern that preaching is academic by nature, uses unnecessarily religious jargon and is full of complex theological references. However, these fears are not supported by research on texts and discourse. To increase our understanding of how preachers actually communicate within the framework of a sermon, the article uses the theoretical concept of the lexical environment and contains an analysis of 150 contemporary sermons from three different religious communities in the UK. (The study will be published in the Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice in 2018).​

Contact: Hans Malmström

Bibliometric network analysis and visualization for European research network of excellence ALIST​ORE (article)

We aim to explore the most important actors in the ALISTORE network that is the largest academic-industrial collaboration on batteries in Europe with about 25 partners. We will explore how the network evolved over time, how well connected are the partners, and who are the top ten most influential authors in the network. We will explore these questions with bibliometric data from Scopus, and generate bibliometric analyses. This result can be used to enhance responsive institutional and network collecting and to connect users to additional research and collaboration partners.

Jakaria Rahman and Stina Johansson are working on this article.

Challenges of predatory open access journals for the universities (article)

In this article, we will discuss the issue of how to handle predatory open access (POA) journals in the context of a performance-based research funding systems (PRFS). The number of POA journals under the name of open access has risen and has caused academic damage and misled researchers. POA publishers offer an easy way for researchers to expand their publication list, often without rigorous peer review. Even authors who have no intention of deceiving the PRFS in their country may end up publishing a paper in a POA journal. A thorough comparison of the Chalmers PRFS with POA lists will be compared. In addition, to what extent those matched journals are also indexed in white lists will be explored.

Jakaria Rahman, Susanne Hansson, Jessica Lindholm and Hanna-Kari Andersson are working on this article.

Expert panel composition for resea​rch assessment: a comparison between panel members and research divisions publication profiles in Web of Science and Scopus (article)

In academia, publications are considered key indicators of expertise that help to identify qualified or similar experts to form an expert panel. Earlier, we proposed six informetric methods to identify panel members who have closely related expertise in the research domain of the research groups based on their publications profile in Web of Science. The main factor that we have considered is the cognitive distance between an expert panel and research groups. We consider the publication portfolio of the involved researchers to reflect the position of the units in cognitive space and, hence, to determine cognitive distance. Expressed in general terms we measure cognitive distance between units based on how often they have published in the same or similar journals. Our investigations lead to the development of new methods of expert panel composition for the research assessment exercises. In this article, we aim to compare the cognitive distance between panel members and research groups based on respective publication portfolios available in Web of Science and Scopus database. We will explore, to what extent the cognitive distance between panel members and research groups match both in Web of Science and Scopus driven data, and to what extent the expert panel composition differs.

Jakaria Rahman is working on this article in collaboration with the Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Antwerp, and University of Leuven.

Expert panel composition for research assessment: an experience from Chalmers (paper)

In research assessment, an expert panel usually comprises independent specialists, each of which is recognized in at least one of the fields addressed by the research unit (research division/research group etc.) under evaluation. The panel members are considered trustworthy experts who can provide valuable, relevant recommendations and suggestions that can lead to improved research quality. Therefore, it is vital to assign the most appropriate expert to the relevant research unit for research assessment. This article, focus on barycenter method at the journal level of aggregation to determine the cognitive distance between evaluators and evaluees. The concerned authority can find a best-fitting expert panel from the potential panel members located closer to the groups. 

Jakaria Rahman presented the paper in the 22nd Nordic workshop on bibliometrics and research policy 7 – 9 September 2018 in Borås.

Learning to write for scientific publication: a longitudinal exploration of metacognitive knowledge of genre in research writing by doctoral students

This article reports a study conducted in connection to the project Writing that works, partially supported by the Åke Wiberg and the Magnus Bergwall foundation.

Contact: Raffaella Negretti

Metacognitive scaffolds in ESP genre pedagogy

This project is work in progress. A pilot study was published in the Journal of Second Language Writing (Negretti & McGrath, 2018)Comprehensive data has been collected to examine how course tasks may scaffold metacognition of writing for scientific publication.

Contact: Raffaella Negretti​

Participatory appropriation as a pathway to self-regulation in academic writing: The case of three BA essay writers in literature

This article examines how bachelor students’ ability to self-regulate their writing emerges as a result of participatory appropriation, i.e. meaningful interaction with their supervisors.

Contact: Raffaella Negretti​

Predatory Open Access journals: A review of past screenings within the Flemish performance based research funding system (2014 – 2018) (a​rticle)

This article presents the complications faced by the ECOOM – UAntwerp for monitoring predatory open access journals for the last five years. It reviews the method, data source and findings of those reports and compare the results. A comparison between new authors and experienced authors' publications in predatory journals is discussed. It concludes that the concerned authorities should establish sustainable efforts and clear rules to identify predatory open access journals and their publishers.

Jakaria Rahman​ is working on this article in collaboration with the Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Antwerp.​

Promoting self-monitoring and reflection through academic reading blogs: task and feedback

This article focuses on how to scaffold strategic academic reading and self-efficacy for reading through blog feedback.

Contact: Raffealla Negretti​

Quantifying the reproducibility of scientometrics analyses: A case study (paper)

The paper examines the reproducibility of a sample of articles by studying the availability of different reproducibility artifacts.

Tahereh Dehdarirad​ is working on this paper.​

Scaffolding subject lecturers’ perceptions of writing

This article presents an intervention aimed at scaffolding subject teachers’ understanding of academic writing, promoting their metacognition of their own expectations and pedagogical approaches for the writing assignments given to students in their content courses.

Contact: Raffealla Negretti

Which Type of Research is Cited More Often in Wikipedia? A Case Study of PubMed Research (paper)

The paper is about the characteristics of medical articles cited in Wikipedia and compares them with a sample of medical articles not cited in the platform.

Tahereh Dehdarirad is working on this paper.

Writing at work: transfer of genre knowledge to research writing in the medical field

This study focuses on doctoral students in the medical field, and examines how metacognition facilitates the adaptation of writing abilities in communicating scientific knowledge to different audiences. Preliminary data was presented at the AESLA conference in 2018 as a poster presentation​.

Contact: Raffaella Negretti

Published: Mon 25 Mar 2019.