SAGE Best QUT Higher Degree Research Paper Award 2015

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SAGE is offering a $1,500 prize to the best paper submitted for publication by a QUT Higher Degree Research (HDR) student.

The award will go to the QUT HDR student who is the lead author on a manuscript judged the best paper, and submitted to a SAGE peer reviewed journal. You have until 30 June 2015 to enter, so sharpen those pencils!

To be eligible to enter, you must:

  • be a current QUT Higher Degree Research Student (QUT MOPP: D/5.3 Higher degree research candidates)
  • be the lead author on a manuscript submitted for publication in a refereed (peer-reviewed) SAGE journal between 21 October 2014 and 30 June 2015, whether or not the manuscript is accepted for publication or published in the relevant journal
  • have played a significant role in data collection, data analysis, and preparation of the manuscript

Please note that submission of the manuscript does not guarantee publication. See the full terms and conditions and if you’d like more information contact

Print vs ebook showdown

Here's something print books can do that eBooks can't! "Book Sculptures" by  Paradasos  (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Well you can’t do this with an eBook! “Book Sculptures” by Paradasos (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Here in the QUT Library we don’t believe that print books and ebooks should be pitted against each other and held up to be mortal enemies forevermore. There are pros and cons to each and the new book smell is only a small plus for print after all.

But we’re reasonable like that. The rest of the world seems intent on the print versus electronic battle continuing on as evidenced last week by the Huffington Post article ‘Sorry ebooks. These 9 studies show why print is better’.

Among the nine pro-print reasons was an interesting point about the high ‘distractability’ of an ebook. In a blog for The Huffington Post, Naomi S. Baron noted that in “studies I have done with university students in several countries confirm what I bet you’ll find yourself observing,” she writes. ‘When reading either for (school) work or pleasure, the preponderance of students found it easiest to concentrate when reading in print. They also reported multitasking almost three times as much when reading onscreen as when reading in hard copy.”

It’s an interesting observation regarding the ability of the reader to hone concentration when reading the written word as opposed to digital and is something this Blog has discussed before. However, the benefits and convenience of ebooks can’t be denied and for those who want print – ebooks do have capacity for printing portions to allow for the best of both worlds!

So there’s no need to be Team Print or Team Ebook but if you have an preference for one over the other in different situations, let us know in the comments below!



Happy Birthday Einstein … have some Pi!

If you follow the day/month/year time format you’ll be happy to know that it is Einstein’s birthday today!

Albert Einstein was born in Germany on 14 March 1879 and would have been 135 today. So, what kind of stuff do we owe to this awesome theoretical physicist? I think these websites may do a better job at explaining things than me:

1. The theory of relativity

2. E = mc^2

If you would like to do a little bit of research yourself, why not take a look at these items in the QUT Library collection?

Einstein: his life and universe / Walter Isaacson.

Einstein: a biography / Jürgen Neffe; translated from the German by Shelley Frisch.

The theory of relativity [electronic resource]: and other essays / Albert Einstein.

"entrance mathematician's building, TU-Berlin" By Holger Motzkau (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

“entrance mathematician’s building, TU-Berlin” By Holger Motzkau (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Fans of the month/day/year time format will be gearing up to celebrate Pi Day!

pi or π represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and is known as the number 3.14. Can you guess why it is celebrated on 14 March every year?

One of the most interesting things about pi is that its decimal numbers are infinite and they do not have a pattern to them. How many decimal places of pi can you recite from memory?

Make sure to take a moment on Pi Day to observe this rare time event:  3/14/15 at 9:26:53

Just Youtube it

 Thanks Youtube          "Bieber_Scene2" by Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Thanks Youtube
“Bieber_Scene2” by Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Since its launch in 2005, Youtube has bought us hundreds of viral sensations, launched Justin Bieber and is now the go-to place when you need to know how to fix it, use it, review it or understand how ‘it’ works.

Nestled amongst video gems such as cat in a shark costume riding a roomba is the QUT Library’s Youtube channel – full of instructional videos and how-tos. From the very basic library survival skills such as How to find a book on the shelf and Meet Studywell to our newest video on Social Media Data Collection, the QUT Library is full of videos relating to study at university so check it out, subscribe and add us to your playlist.

We acknowledged that we’re not (yet?) viral but we’re definitely helpful!

Altmetrics… measuring the broader impact of research

"Naptime" by  Alec Couros (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

“Naptime” by Alec Couros (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) The research simultaneously striking fear and/or relief into the hearts of preschooler’s parents

Altmetrics are “alternative metrics”. Traditionally, research quality has been judged by the prestige of the journal it is published in, or by the number of citations to a paper. About 2010, the term Altmetrics was coined to refer to broader demonstrations of impact, such as mentions in newspapers or web pages, article downloads, twitter mentions, etc. These can be seen as measures of attention that articles are receiving online.

Various projects and websites (such as or ImpactStory) now calculate the altmetrics of research papers. QUT ePrints gives the score for journal articles as well as the traditional citation measures.

Recently, a QUT authored article has been racing up the altmetrics charts. The article, “Napping, development and health from 0 to 5 year : a systematic review” in Archives of Disease in Childhood is gaining a lot of online attention and has been frequently mentioned in newspapers, tweets, web pages and blogs. As of 27 February, 2015, it has an com score of 164 (pretty fine).

It is a systematic review of the evidence and was written by Karen Thorpe, Sally Staton, Emily Sawyer, Cassandra Pattinson, Simon Smith, and QUT Library’s own Health Liaison Librarian, Catherine Haden. There is more about altmetrics here, or you can read more about the research or the eprint of the article.