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Journal Impact Factor reaches 5.8 for the International Journal of Internet Science (

According to preliminary calculations based on citations listed by Google Scholar, the 2012 journal impact factor of the International Journal of Internet Science will be 5.8 or higher.

To calculate the 2012 impact factor, number of articles published in the two previous years is divided by the number of cites in 2012 to items published in 2011 (4) and 2010 (36). This calculation of Cites to recent items / Number of recent articles arrives at 40 / 7 = 5.8 .

As usual, the real 2012 journal impact will be higher, as some 2012 publications have not yet appeared in the databases.

iScience group awarded FP7 Ikerbasque Visiting Professorship 2013

The Scientific Advisory Board of Ikerbasque (the Basque Foundation for Science) has awarded a one year full Visiting Professorship to Prof. Gary McClelland, a top level full professor coming from the University of Colorado Boulder and the iScience research group in the competitive call for Ikerbasque Visiting Professorships. Prof. McClelland and iScience group will work on Interactive Web-Based Graphics in Support of Scientific Publications.
The position is co-funded by a Marie-Curie Action “FP7-PEOPLE” grant from the European Commission.

For a full list, see Ikerbasque’s Awarded Visiting Professors

Ulf-Dietrich Reips to hold keynote at ECPA 2013 in San Sebastian

The European Association of Psychological Assessment (EAPA) invited Ulf-Dietrich Reips to present a keynote speech to the audience at the 2013 European Conference on Psychological Assessment that will be held in San Sebastian in July 2013. The invitation follows up on a successful symposium talk on Internet-based research methodologies in Riga in 2011.

New iScience’s talk by Dr. Aaron Meskin & Dr. Shen-yi Liao on “A Web-Based Investigation of Aesthetic Adjectives”

Dr. Aaron Meskin (University of Leeds, UK) & Dr. Shen-yi Liao (Kansas State University, USA) will hold a talk on “A Web-Based Investigation of Aesthetic Adjectives”.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 12.00 – 13.30
Sala de Videoconferencia (E211), ESIDE, Deusto University

Abstract: The nature of ordinary and expert aesthetic discourse is of central concern to philosophical aesthetics. In a series of studies, we investigate one crucial component of aesthetic discourse: the use of aesthetic adjectives, such as ‘beautiful’. The vast majority of aesthetic terms (e.g., ‘beautiful’, ‘ugly’, ‘pretty’, ‘dainty’) are gradable adjectives. That is, they admit of comparative constructions and degree modifiers such as ‘very’ and ‘extremely’. Linguist Chris Kennedy has argued that there are two distinct categories of gradable adjectives: relative gradable adjectives such as ‘tall’, ‘long’ and ‘fat’ which are context sensitive and absolute gradable adjectives such as ‘straight’, ‘bent’ and ‘full’ which “are demonstrably gradable but do not have context dependent interpretations”. Semantic data (i.e., patterns of entailment) suggest that many positive aesthetic adjectives such as ‘beautiful’ are relative gradable adjectives and, hence, context-sensitive. Our experimental results complicate this picture. Building on a paradigm developed by linguist Kristen Syrett, we tested the linguistic properties of aesthetic adjectives. We began by replicating Syrett’s experimental methods in an online setting. We then found that ‘beautiful’ functions neither like paradigmatic relative gradable adjectives nor paradigmatic absolute gradable adjectives. What explains this phenomenon? We explore various hypotheses by examining the behaviour of a range of aesthetic terms (e.g., ‘ugly’ as well as ‘beautiful’) and by using a wide range of stimuli from different domains, such as faces, artifacts, and natural objects.