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Predatory journals

-That journal is no longer in Scopus. It’s predatory.


Innovative thesis


-When you finally find an useful article for your thesis.

-The article was written in 1960.



12th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries

9 years after my first participation in QQML as a PhD student, today was the turn of my student Alex Villegas, congratulations!

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The challenges of scientific publishing


By request of our master program on Educational Innovation, I’ll be offering this conference on ‘The challenges of scientific publishing’ (English only), as a way for our students to familiarize themselves with the vocabulary and discourse around this topic. Anyone else is most welcome too!


Bibliometrics units as dynamic engines for universities’ scientific production


New publication! We analyzed the dynamic role that a bibliometrics research unit can have for boosting any higher-education institution’s scientific production, a case study on Unidad de Investigación en Bibliometría – USIL co-written with my friends Josmel Pacheco-Mendoza and Joe Alway

Abstract: In this article, we review the process behind the establishment of the Bibliometrics Research Unit at the San Ignacio de Loyola University (Peru), as a specialized unit that has aided in enhancing its university’s scientific production and research practices. The Unit’s functions and its role as a dynamic engine for scientific production are also presented and discussed under the Peruvian and Latin American contexts.

Complete text at Sage Publications

Recommended citation: Pacheco-Mendoza, J., Alhuay-Quispe, J., & Machin-Mastromatteo, J. D. (2020). Bibliometrics units as dynamic engines for universities’ scientific production. Information Development, 36(2), 301–305.


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!

Well, well, well look who’s calling


Writing with Yoshi

Does he want a corresponding author credit? 😼


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:

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