La biblioteca del siglo XXI

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!



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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Multi, inter and transdisciplinarity within the Humanities

Today we integrated a panel to discuss multi, inter and transdisciplinarity within the Humanities, together with Dr. José Luis Evangelista (representing philosophy), Dr. Erbey Mendoza Negrete (literature and translation) and myself (information science); part of the ‘Research Week’ in our University.

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Tips and tricks to access and use academic databases


One of the results from my Editing for Publication course, proud of my students! They presented a conference about the course’s topics from the English Language Bachelor Program, which they presented at the XL Humanism Week, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua.

Presentation at SlideShare

I already published my research, what now?

On Friday, October 21, in the XI Librarianship Meeting of Baja California, organized by ABIBAC, Asoc. de Bibliotecarios de Baja California, A.C., taking place in CETYS Universidad, campus Mexicali, I presented the workshop for librarians/researchers: ‘I already published my research, what now? Profiles management and Altmetrics to enhance visibility, attention and presume a little bit’.

The objective of this workshop was to provide tools, strategies and procedures so that information professionals and libraries can support researchers in promoting their research published in scientific journals using international professional networks and channels for this purpose.

The contents presented include the definition of professional networks and channels for the promotion of scientific publications, as well as a strategic workflow that every researcher should use in order to promote and gain value in terms of their visibility, attention and authority as scientists.

The importance of this type of workshop is that if information professionals and libraries manage the formal channels for the promotion and metrics of the scientific publications evaluation, elements that are within this discipline, they can position themselves with a vital role within the processes of scientific communication in their institutions. These issues also represent some important support for researchers, since they usually do not do it themselves because of time constraints or ignorance. However, conducting an appropriate promotion through the relevant scientific channels, networks and indexes are key activities for enhancing the visibility of a researcher, to ensure that their intellectual production is read and cited, which will allow them to be part of the National Researchers System, access research funds, or collaborative projects, as well as reaching other national and international merits. All these are important issues for higher education institutions, although some of them will not want to address these issues or will fail to recognize them, as the area of research and intellectual production becomes more important as an element used to evaluate the capacity and quality of an educational institution. Topics such as those discussed in the workshop reinforce institutional research plans, since they are basic strategies for the intellectual production carried out in institutions to generate a greater impact, which allows increasing the number of researchers who have distinctions and are internationally recognized as authorities In their areas. This means that educational institutions gain greater visibility, recognition and positioning as knowledge-generating institutions and are more favorably evaluated in international

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Presentation at ECIL 2016: Assessing spanish-speaking university students’ info-competencies

Our presentation at #ECIL2016 in Prague: ‘Assessing spanish-speaking university students’ info-competencies with iSkills, SAILS, and an in-house instrument: Challenges and benefits’ was a success! Coauthors: Jesus Lau (presented at the conference), Juan D. Machin-Mastromatteo, Alberto Gárate, and A. Cecilia Tagliapietra-Ovies. #CETYS and its information culture are very fortunate, as it has been in the European Conference on Information Literacy for the fourth year in a row.

How to publish in a scientific journal of the Social Sciences

Very thankful with CONRICyT for having recorded and shared my #EntrePares presentation: How to publish in a scientific journal of the Social Sciences field

How to publish in a Social Sciences scientific journal #EntrePares2016

I was invited by Sage Publishing and EBSCO to deliver the workshop ‘How to publish in a Social Sciences scientific journal’ in the #EntrePares Seminar 2016 in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Many thanks to my hosts, the seminar organizers, and specially the public who were very interested and asked many interesting questions! It was my pleasure; and it is such an honor to have received this beutiful award from the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí and CONRICyT.
Very thankful with CONRICyT for having recorded and shared my complete #EntrePares presentation (Spanish only):


And here are the presentation slides:


Learning with social media: An information literacy driven and technologically mediated experience


This was my second presentation for the 3rd. European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL 2015), which took place during October 19-22 in Tallinn, Estonia. This second participation, presented on October 22 2015, was about the final stage of my PhD thesis, and it took place just a couple of days before the official defence. The full text of this presentation (as well as that of the other one) was published in Springer’s Communications in Computer and Information Science (see below).

Abstract: This paper summarizes the theories, methods, and results of a doctoral research that integrated social media (SM) in a learning experience for students and explored the roles that information literacy, digital literacy, and new literacies played in such a learning experience. Participatory action research was the methodological approach used for two rounds of data collection, resulting in the development of the research framework ‘Doing Online Relearning through Information Skills’ (DORIS). The data collection methods used included students’ reports, diagnostic, and final questionnaires; and semi-structured interviews. Data analysis relied on content analysis, open coding, and constant comparative analysis. This paper provides a summary of the discussion leading to the answers to the research questions, including topics such as issues and challenges of using SM for learning; participants learning experiences in such a technologically mediated environment, their engagement and the mutual shaping of SM, learning experiences, and literacies.

Full text at Springer Link

Open Access version (Coming soon!)

Recommended reference: Machin-Mastromatteo, J.D. (2015). Learning with social media: An information literacy driven and technologically mediated experience. Information Literacy: Moving Toward Sustainability; Communications in Computer and Information Science, 552, 328-335.