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What I wish I’d known when I first started editing a journal…The role of reviewers
A short piece on the Role of Reviewers over at Taylor and Francis Editor Resources

posted on: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Manual mapping of a synthetic landscape to assess operator effectiveness
Hillier, J.K., Smith, M.J., Barr, L., Boston, C., Clark, C.D., Ely, R., Fankl, A., Greenwood, S., Gosselin, L....

posted on: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

Multiresolution segmentation to automatically delimit landforms in DEMs: tests using synthetic drumlins
Eisank, C., Smith, M.J. and Hillier, J. (2014) Geomorphology Mapping or “delimiting” landforms is one of geomorphology's primary tools....

posted on: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

Testing techniques to quantify drumlin height and volume: synthetic DEMs as a diagnostic tool
Hillier, J.K. and Smith, M.J. (2014) Earth Surface Processes and Landforms Glacial bedform height (H) and volume (V) likely preserve important information about the behaviour of former ice sheets....

posted on: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

Journal of Maps Editorial: Summary of 2013
For the next 50 clicks, get access to the Journal of Maps Editorial: Summary of 2013

posted on: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Geomorphological Mapping
Smith, M.J. and Pain, C. (2011) In: Gregory, K. and Goudie, A. (eds) SAGE Handbook of Geomorphology, International Association of Geomorphologists Mapping of landforms is probably as old as the making of maps....

posted on: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 | path: /publications/reports | permanent link to this entry

Geovisualisation
Smith, M.J., Hillier, J., Otto, J-C. and Geilhausen, M. (2013) In: John F. Shroder (editor-in-chief), Bishop, M....

posted on: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 | path: /publications/reports | permanent link to this entry

Section 2.6: Geomorphological mapping
Otto, J-C. and Smith, M.J. (2013) In: Clarke, L. (Ed.) Geomorphological Techniques (Online Edition). British Society for Geomorphology Geomorphological mapping is regarded as a fundamental technique of the discipline producing valuable base data for geomorphological and environmental research and practice....

posted on: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 | path: /publications/reports | permanent link to this entry

Journal of Maps Impact Factor
Just a quick note.... the notional "ranking" of journals through impact factors are out for the 2012 publishing year. Good news for authors and readers of the Journal of Maps which sees the Impact Factor rise to 0.769..... maps are important and this emphasises that, even with us publishing more articles, there is a significant increase in citations demonstrating their relevance to contemporary research. This is no better demonstrated than through our Best Map award winner last year which is currently available for a free download from Taylor and Francis and also available in print form for purchase.

posted on: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Journal of Maps Editor's Choice
Just wanted to flag to people the Editor's Choice over at the Journal of Maps. These are available to download for free and include many of the previous Best Map Award Winners. So, take a look, there are some great maps.

posted on: Sat, 27 Apr 2013 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Subglacial bedforms reveal an exponential size-frequency distribution
Hillier, J., Smith, M.J., Clark, C.D., Stokes, C.R. and Spagnolo, M. (2013) Geomorphology Subglacial bedforms preserved in deglaciated landscapes record character-istics of past ice-sediment flow regimes, providing insight into subglacial processes and ice sheet dynamics....

posted on: Sat, 09 Feb 2013 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

Bibliographic webmap: the Physical Landscape of Britain and Northern Ireland
Piccinini, C., Smith, M.J., Hooke, J. and Hesketh, K. (2013) Journal of Maps In this article we present the development of a web mapping application as part of the “Physical Landscape of Britain and Northern Ireland” project....

posted on: Sat, 09 Feb 2013 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

Non-sense about science
Yes, The Express is at it again; that bastion of Britishness, source of high quality news stories that just might make The Sun look like evidence based journalism has decided that to sell more copy it needs to advocate alternative treatments for cancer....

posted on: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Vagaries of peer review......
I was recently asked to review a paper at an open access journal......I'm happy to reciprocate on this whole process as it's what oils the whole research process....

posted on: Fri, 03 Aug 2012 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

OA Costs.....
OA costs raised its head again this week when I was asked to review a paper for Remote Sensing, published by MDPI who have specialised in open access for a number of years....

posted on: Wed, 04 Jul 2012 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

EO Wilson: Letter to a Young Scientist
EO Wilson delivers is a simply fabulous lecture over at TED. Titled "Letter to a Young Scientist", it implores young people to understand the importance of science to our global future, take on the exciting mantle that science offers, enjoy the ground breaking work you can undertake and above all don't become obsessive about maths. Science is about being creative, finding unexplored regions of (unknown) knowledge (run from the sound of the gun) and working in teams that can crack hard problems. It's fulfilling and the vastness of scientific subjects means that anyone can find a home.

posted on: Fri, 29 Jun 2012 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Finch report has landed
Well the Finch report in to increasing access to published research has finally landed. And perhaps the summarised conclusions (need to read in detail!)...

posted on: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Geoscience Data Journal
Paolo also pinged me a link to the Geoscience Data Journal, published by Wiley under open access. Data publication is close to my heart (and Journal of Maps) and something I have blogged about before here, here and here....

posted on: Thu, 10 May 2012 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Wellcome Trust goes OA - academic publishing and the future
An interesting story over at the BBC about the Wellcome Trust publishing it's own open access journal, eLife....

posted on: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Testing 3D landform quantification methods with synthetic drumlins in a real digital elevation model
Hillier, J.K. and Smith, M.J. (2012) Geomorphology Metrics such as height and volume quantifying the 3D morphology of landforms are important observations that re?...

posted on: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

‘The Physical Landscape of Britain and Northern Ireland’: a project to increase geomorphological awareness
Hooke, J.M. and Smith, M.J. Scottish Geographical Journal A project has been initiated that will produce an interactive website searchable by maps and database terms, aimed at increasing knowledge and awareness of the geodiversity, landforms and processes of Britain and Northern Ireland,....

posted on: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

Journal M3trics
I wrote a while back about Researcher ID and the notion of flipping the standard journal performance to look at researcher performance....

posted on: Sat, 28 Jan 2012 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Open Access Publishing Model
Just as the Journal of Maps is transitioning over to a subscription based model we see the government increasingly becoming interested in open access publishing....

posted on: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Geomorphological Mapping: Methods and Applications
The edited book I have been working on is in the final throes of publication. Titled "Geomorphological Mapping: Methods and Applications" by Mike Smith, Paolo Paron and James Griffiths, its Volume 15 in Elsevier's highly regarded Developments in Earth Surface Processes Series edited by Jack Shroder....

posted on: Tue, 04 Oct 2011 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

SAGE Handbook of Geomorphology: Geomorphic Mapping
SAGE Handbook of GeomorphologyChapter: Geomorphic Mapping (Smith, M.J. and Pain, C.P. Mapping of landforms is probably as old as the making of maps. Mountain ranges, volcanoes, and plains all appear on early representations of land. Often the mountains were represented as hachures or “hairy caterpillars”...

posted on: Wed, 16 Feb 2011 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Digital elevation models for research: UK datasets, copyright and derived products
Smith, M.J. (2010) Geological Society Special Publications The UK is served by a wide range of digital elevation models (DEMs) that have a variety of technical specifications from several different vendors....

posted on: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

CrossRef Annual Meeting: what's happening in the world of DOIs?
I attended the CrossRef annual meeting yesterday (see previous post). It's the first time it's been held outside the USA and London was certainly a fitting venue....

posted on: Wed, 17 Nov 2010 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Credit Where Credit’s Due: developing authorship strategies in the geosciences
Smith, M.J., Jordan, C. and Walsby, J. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association As research institutions seek to professionalise the workplace the use of metrics to assess an individual’s performance is becoming increasingly commonplace....

posted on: Thu, 07 Oct 2010 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

Palaeoglaciology of the Last Irish Ice Sheet Reconstructed from Striae Evidence
Smith, M.J. and Knight, J.(in press) Quaternary Science Reviews A database comprising some ~5200 individual striation measurements on bedrock surfaces across the island of Ireland was used to produce maps of flowsets corresponding to individual ice flow events during the last (late Devensian) glacial cycle....

posted on: Wed, 29 Sep 2010 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

DEMView: 3-D Visualization of DEM Error
M.B. Gousie and M.J. Smith Proceedings of Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Leicester It is well known that a digital elevation model (DEM) may contain systematic or other errors....

posted on: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 | path: /publications/proceedings | permanent link to this entry

Multi-scale analysis of surface roughness
Grohmann, C.H., Smith, M.J. and Riccomini, C. (in press) IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing Surface roughness is an important geomorphological variable which has been used in the earth and planetary sciences to infer material properties, current/past processes and the time elapsed since formation....

posted on: Thu, 26 Aug 2010 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

Characterising Chinese loess stratigraphy and past monsoon variation using field spectroscopy
Smith, M.J., Stevens, T., MacArthur, A., Malthus, T. and Lu, H. (in press) Quaternary International The loess record in China constitutes one of the most important archives of past environmental change and specifically, the East Asian monsoon system....

posted on: Tue, 06 Apr 2010 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

Surface Roughness of Topography: A Multi-Scale Analysis of Landform Elements in Midland Valley, Scotland
C.H. Grohman, M.J. Smith and C. Riccomini Proceedings of Geomorphometry, 140-148 In this paper we briefly review a selection of measures of surface roughness, with specific application to grid based digital elevation models (DEMs). A selection were assessed for the behaviour of roughness at different spatial scales and dataset resolutions using moving-window and raster algebra steps to a test area in the Midland Valley, Scotland.

posted on: Wed, 06 Jan 2010 | path: /publications/proceedings | permanent link to this entry

£99 Netbook
Yes it looks to be true, a netbook that costs £99. The specs are fairly minimal, but at this price who cares!! Interestingly it comes loaded with Windows CE 6.0. The specs have more in common with a mobile phone than a netbook, which is probably why CE has been used. It'll be interesting to see if anyone gets Linux working on it, particularly as the 7" screen and keyboard make it a very usable specification.

posted on: Tue, 05 Jan 2010 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

ResearcherID Labs
In a recent editorial at the Journal of Maps I touched upon citation listing of journals and the importance to authors in terms of citation metrics....

posted on: Mon, 04 Jan 2010 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Applications of Remote Sensing in Geomorphology
Smith, M.J. and Pain, C.F. (2009) Progress in Physical Geography, 33, 4, 568-582. Remotely sensed imagery has been used extensively in geomorphology since the availability of early Landsat data, with its value measurable by the extent to which it can meet the investigative requirements of geomorphologists....

posted on: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

EThOS Update
I finally had an email back from the British Library concerning my earlier thesis request using the new EThOS service for digital thesis delivery. This was requested 17 February 2009 and was delivered today, which by my count is 129 days. So perhaps not the fastest service, but the product itself can't be sniffed at. Well scanned, in colour, delivered to your door. Of course, if it's already been scanned then it's instant delivery and this will improve as the back catalog increases, however for "serious" use it needs to be returned within the 2-4 week timeframe.

posted on: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Metrics in the Research Excellence Framework
As the Research Excellence Framework (REF) begins to take shape it is worth keeping an eye on developments over at HEFCE....

posted on: Thu, 18 Jun 2009 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

What's your DOI?
I would hope everyone in academic knows what a DOI (or digital object identifier) is. And to quote Wikipedia, it's a "permanent digital identifier given to an object."...

posted on: Mon, 04 May 2009 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Editorial: Summary of Activities 2008
Smith, M.J. Journal of Maps, v2008, 510-516. It is with much tiredness, and anticipation for 2009, that this annual December editorial is being written....

posted on: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry