SciVerse is a toolset by Elsevier that combines ScienceDirect (full text journal articles), Scopus (abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature) and SciTopics (research summaries).

Rethinking Project Management

Rethinking Project Management was a research network of academics and practitioners seeking to identify new directions for how the discipline might be extended and enriched for the 21st century. Their trigger was concern about conventional project management theory and how it relates to the growing practice of managing projects across different industry sectors.The final report was published in 2006.

The main proposition behind the network is this: as the world of project management practice continues to develop across different industries and sectors, the subject of project management is now attracting major criticisms, and the gap between conventional project management theory and the developing practice is widening. There are also increasing calls for the identification of new research perspectives and new research topics from other related disciplines. It was against this background that UMIST and UCL submitted a research proposal to the EPSRC proposing a new network to help rethink this emerging discipline. The principal argument of the research proposal was not that conventional project management theory should now be abandoned, but rather there is a need to extend, enrich, reshape and develop this field beyond its current intellectual foundations.”

Digital object identifier

Wikipedia defines a digital object identifier (DOI) as “a character string (a “digital identifier”) used to uniquely identify an object such as an electronic document. Metadata about the object is stored in association with the DOI name and this metadata may include a location, such as a URL, where the object can be found. The DOI for a document is permanent, whereas its location and other metadata may change. Referring to an online document by its DOI provides more stable linking than simply referring to it by its URL, because if its URL changes, the publisher need only update the metadata for the DOI to link to the new URL.

Citation mapping

Hart (1998) explains the usefulness of citation mapping and analysis in order “to map out the development of an idea, technique or theory“, which is an important aspect of a literature review. See also what Wikipedia has to say about citation index.

Google Scholar is a free tool to help with this. The paper by Noruzi (2005) gives an overview of how to use Google Scholar.

Hart C. 1998. Doing a literature review : releasing the social science research imagination. London: SAGE.
Noruzi A. 2005. Google Scholar: The New Generation of Citation Indexes. Libri, International Journal of Libraries and Information Services 55(4):169-253.