On space - in distant lands and distant galaxies - and the space for change in our research metrics

[June 17-21, 2013] The editor's note about your science week

On space - in distant lands and distant galaxies - and the space for change in our research metrics

This week's stories covered a lot of ground, taking us from Geneva to the Universe's distant cradles of star formation, from emerging nations' goals in space to emerging measures of research impact.

It was a bittersweet moment this week at MyScienceWork: Tuesday marked the final #CNESTweetup of the season! The subject was a fascinating mix of space and international politics, exploring the ambitions emerging nations hold for their space programs.

India, China... The New Faces of International Space Politics

On 11 June 2013, China launched its longest manned mission to date,

for 15 days around the Earth. (Credit: Lancement 2008 de Tianlian l-01/AAxanderr)

From a different perspective, we’ve looked at the relationship between India and the EU before. Cyril Berthod did his PhD work on the evolution of connections (economic, political, industrial…) between the two regions, and contributed an article on the subject to MyScienceWork.

India and the European Union: Evolution of perceptions and mutual interests


If space remains your thing, this week Lucile Pommier also told us about new simulations of star formation. The question researchers asked was why distant galaxies produce far more stars than those close to us. The answer could have to do with filaments of gas linking these galaxies, keeping them fed with the stuff of which stars are made. Her article, Why do faraway galaxies create many more stars?, will explain more.


In a much nearer corner of the universe – Geneva – the 2013 CERNWorkshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communications (OAI8) was held this week. One session took on the issue of research metrics. In today’s changing landscape of research practices, making full use of all the internet has to offer, the impact factor is no longer sufficient, nor completely relevant. Other options exist, but which should we choose? For an overview of the subject, we offer you this summary of Metrics and their alter-egos, at #OAI8.


Hoping you’ll find some space in your weekend for a bit of reading.


The MyScienceWork Team