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Tales from the Writing Crypt

Tales from the Writing Crypt (read as internal monologue). 1. At 5,000 words: this is a chapter, I must have at least 10,000. 2. At 10,000: I still need to finish all sections, then I will make sure it is 12,000 at most. 3. Almost finished. Wordcount? 14,500. Will they accept this? Where did I put the darned guidelines? Oh, I still haven’t written that section on (put your topic here).


Remembering Jon Tennant

So saddened by the news of Jon Tennant’s passing. The #OpenAccess community mourns this huge loss. I really knew him for a short time but he was an extremely smart and great guy.


Remembering this very fortunate opportunity I had of interviewing Jon Tennant. We’ll miss you a lot!

Measurement of social capital and scientific and its effect on technological productivity in research communities

Abstract: This work characterizes the organizational conditions of social capital among researchers belonging to a research community and studies the relationship with their levels of scientific-technological productivity, demonstrating for certain dimensions and variables their association and dependence, which can provide elements to increase their productivity through science communication processes.

Open access version

Reference: Romo, J., Tarango, J., & Machin-Mastromatteo, J. (2020). Measurement of social capital and scientific and its effect on technological productivity in research communities. Nova Scientia, 12(24). doi:https://doi.org/10.21640/ns.v12i24.2157

Preference and willingness for scientific-technological innovation in Mexican high school students

I share our publication in the journal Información Tecnológica.

Abstract: This study analyzes the perception of 4456 high school students from the state of Chihuahua (Mexico), in relation to their preferences (understood as personal interest) and willingness (the desire to continue participating) towards scientific-technological innovation. The objective is determining the feasibility of generating extracurricular academic training environments (science clubs). The information was collected using a questionnaire and the data allowed the identification of the following moments in the study subjects: 1) previous experiences of scientific application and self-concept about creativity and creative people; 2) current interests in scientific-technological innovation; 3) knowledge and skills; and 4) provision of active participation in scientific environments. The results show that, when the four moments are analyzed as a method, only minor populations indicate constancy in taste and willingness to get involved in academic events related to innovation, which justifies the feasibility of opening promotional spaces for the science; On the other hand, a large population offers results of disinterest and lack of willingness to participate.

Open Access Version

Reference: Tarango, J., Guajardo-Morales, I., Machin-Mastromatteo, J, D., & Villanueva-Ledezma, A. (2020). Preference and willingness for scientific-technological innovation in Mexican high school students. Información Tecnológica, 31(1), 91-102. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-07642020000100091.


Ethics, human rights and violence in Chihuahua’s digital journalism: Evidence from a media observatory

We start this year with the publication of the results from an observation of digital news outlets regarding their treatment of news related to #violence in the State of #Chihuahua. Collaboration among Drs. Armando Villanueva, Fidel Gonzalez-Quiñones, Aixchel Cordero & Jorge Alan Flores


Full text available at Emerald

List of authors UACH 2019

For the third year in a row, I lead my institution’s list of top authors in an index, for 2019, it was in Web of Science. Not so great in Scopus, though.


Worldwide inequality in access to full text scientific articles: the example of ophthalmology


We invite you to check the result of a large international collaboration effort to examine the inequality regarding access to ophthalmology research around the world, published  in PeerJ.com

Abstract: The problem of access to medical information, particularly in low-income countries, has been under discussion for many years. Although a number of developments have occurred in the last decade (e.g., the open access (OA) movement and the website Sci-Hub), everyone agrees that these difficulties still persist very widely, mainly due to the fact that paywalls still limit access to approximately 75% of scholarly documents. In this study, we compare the accessibility of recent full text articles in the field of ophthalmology in 27 established institutions located worldwide.

Full text at PeerJ

Recommended reference: Boudry C, Alvarez-Muñoz P, Arencibia-Jorge R, Ayena D, Brouwer NJ, Chaudhuri Z, Chawner B, Epee E, Erraïs K, Fotouhi A, Gharaibeh AM, Hassanein DH, Herwig-Carl MC, Howard K, Kaimbo Wa Kaimbo D, Laughrea P, Lopez FA, Machin-Mastromatteo JD, Malerbi FK, Ndiaye PA, Noor NA, Pacheco-Mendoza J, Papastefanou VP, Shah M, Shields CL, Wang YX, Yartsev V, Mouriaux F. (2019). Worldwide inequality in access to full text scientific articles: the example of  ophthalmology. PeerJ, 7, e7850. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.7850

PeerJ #Ophthalmology #EthicalIssues #LegalIssues #SciencePolicy

Editorial board, The journal of Academic Librarianship

I was included on the editorial board of the international journal The Journal of Academic Librarianship, published by Elsevier.

70853039_2404703986465566_3807052444169404416_oDirect access at Journals Elsevier

Concytec’s DEGC Knowledge Café

I participated in #Concytec‘s DEGC Knowledge Café, where we had an interesting conversation about scientific production and evaluation. A very interestin dynamic that they do on Fridays to break the routine, awake creativity and enable the exchange of ideas!

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Developing Latin America 5th anniversary

I wanted to share this with you in a special post. In 2015 we had the desire of making Latin America’s issues more present in one of the most important and long-lasting international Library and Information Science journals: Information Development. This regular series, supported by its editor and colleagues in the editorial board just turned five years with its 24th article, published yesterday. I want to thank all readers and my coauthors (alphabetical): Dominique BabiniMtro CortésRene-Manuel DelgadoIram EvangelistaThelma GarcíaFidel Gonzalez-QuiñonesRenny GrandaJesus LauBasilio A. Martínez-VillaEduardo Medina YllescasErbey Mendoza NegreteSaul M EquihuaMaria PintoMarie Romero Waldon, José R. Romo, Gloria Ruiz, Javier TarangoMyrna Li & Alejandro Uribe Tirado. Special thanks to IDV’s editor Stephen Parker, as well as Paul Sturges and Ian Johnson who supported this idea from the start. Cheers to all of you!


You can check Developing Latin America at http://bit.ly/DLA15-19 and half of the articles are in open access (E-LIS/SSRN), soon I’ll catch up adding them all!


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