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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

Editorial: Quaternary of the British Isles and Adjoining Seas
Smith, M.J., Rose, J. and Lukas, S. Journal of Maps, v2008, 290-298. This volume of the Journal of Maps is one of four volumes published from an Annual Discussion Meeting (ADM) of the Quaternary Research Association (QRA), in January 2008, to examine the Quaternary of the British Isles and the adjoining seas. This volume deals with evidence for Quaternary environmental change in map-form, and the other volumes, which will be published in the journals Quaternary Science Reviews, Journal of Quaternary Science and Proceedings of the Geologists' Association will be concerned, respectively, with Quaternary climates and climate change, Quaternary landscapes, and Quaternary Geology.

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

Editorial: Applied Geomorphological Mapping
Paron, P. and Smith, M.J. (2008) Journal of Maps, v2008, 197-200. Mapping forms and deposits, and inferring processes, of a landscape is a very complex exercise (Demek, 1982)....

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

Glacial striae observations for Ireland compiled from historic records
Smith, M.J., Knight, J. and Field, K.S.(2008) Journal of Maps, v2008, 378-398. Glacial landform mapping is one of the primary inputs for the reconstruction of past glacial environments and processes, potentially inferring maximum ice sheet extent and dynamics....

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

Glacial geomorphological maps of the Glasgow region, western central Scotland
Rose, J. and Smith, M.J. (2008) Journal of Maps, v2008, 399-416. This paper presents a 1:25,000 scale geomorphological map of the Glasgow region, western central Scotland, an area that was glaciated during the Last Glacial Maximum and, in part, during the Younger Dryas glaciation....

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

The Cookie Cutter: a method for obtaining a quantitative 3D description of glacial bedforms
Smith, M.J., Rose, J. and Gousie, M.B. Geomorphology, 108, 209-218. Recording the position and attributes of subglacial bedforms, particularly drumlins, is paramount in determining the extent, and dynamics, of former ice sheets....

posted on: Sat, 21 Feb 2009 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

EThOS
The British Library have just launched an online beta service supplying theses from UK Higher Education institutions....

posted on: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Citations Alert!
Life as an academic is often described as "publish or perish." And to a certain extent this is true, with the mantra that you are only as good as your last paper....

posted on: Thu, 23 Oct 2008 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Maximising the benfits of publication
As Editor of the Journal of Maps, I've recently been chatting to the British Geological Survey about the potential for publishing some maps....

posted on: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Reviewers: an editors nightmare (or "Your can't live with em...")
I'm just completing a moderately busy spring season at the Journal of Maps which has left me feeling a little battle worn....

posted on: Tue, 17 Jun 2008 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Open Access Journal Publication: implementation, copyright and dissemination, using the Journal of Maps as a case study
Smith, M.J. US Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1385, 43-46. Open access (OA) journals are rapidly becoming an important channel for publishing academic articles and, although they represent a small proportion of the total number of journals published annually, it is significant that organisations such as British Medical Journals (BMJ) operate in this manner. This article explores the broad implementation of OA journals, issues pertaining to copyright and the distribution of (geospatial) research data.

posted on: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 | path: /publications/proceedings | permanent link to this entry

Glacial striae observations for Ireland compiled from historic records
Smith, M.J., Knight, J. and Field, K. US Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1385, 105-107. Glacial landform mapping is one of the primarily inputs for the reconstruction of past glacial environments and processes, potentially inferring maximum ice sheet extent, primary ice flow configurations, and ice sheet dynamics....

posted on: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 | path: /publications/proceedings | permanent link to this entry

High spatial resolution data acquisition for the geosciences: kite aerial photography
Smith, M.J., Chandler, J. and Rose, J. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 34, 155-161. This paper highlights the requirement for very high resolution (<0....

posted on: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

Residual Relief Separation: DEM Enhancement for Geomorphological Mapping
Hillier, J. and Smith, M.J. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 33, 2266-2276. Geomorphologically mapped data form a primary set of observations that can be used to infer former environmental conditions....

posted on: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

Introduction to the Journal of Maps Student Edition
Smith, M.J. and Lynch, K. Journal of Maps Student Edition, v2007, 1-10 This editorial introduces material for the launch edition of the Journal of Maps Student Edition....

posted on: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry