Beyond the paper CV and developing a scientific profile through social media, Altmetrics and Micropublication


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Many of us nowadays invest significant amounts of time in sharing our activities and opinions with friends and family via social networking tools. However, despite the availability of many platforms for scientists to connect and share with their peers in the scientific community the majority do not make use of these tools, despite their promise and potential impact and influence on our future careers. We are being indexed and exposed on the internet via our publications, presentations and data. We also have many more ways to contribute to science, to annotate and curate data, to “publish” in new ways, and many of these activities are as part of a growing crowdsourcing network. This presentation will provide an overview of the various types of networking and collaborative sites available to scientists and ways to expose your scientific activities online. Many of these can ultimately contribute to the developing measures of you as a scientist as identified in the new world of alternative metrics. Participating offers a great opportunity to develop a scientific profile within the community and may ultimately be very beneficial, especially to scientists early in their career.

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Beyond the paper CV and developing a scientific profile through social media, Altmetrics and Micropublication

  1. 1. Beyond the paper CV: developing a scientific profile through social media, Altmetrics and micropublication Antony Williams Warwick University
  2. 2. Questions to Start… • Who in the room has an ORCID (and did you set it up yourself?)
  3. 3. Questions to Start… • Who in the room has an ORCID (and did you set it up yourself?) • Who has NOT heard of AltMetrics?
  4. 4. And one selfish one… • Who in the room has an ORCID (and did you set it up yourself?) • Who has NOT heard of AltMetrics? • Who hasn’t used ChemSpider yet???
  5. 5. How much work? • How much work is done generating and analyzing data? • How long does it take to write a publication? • How much work does it take to go through the peer review process? • How much effort to represent your science – presentations, publications?
  6. 6. …and do you market it??? • How much work is putting into “Marketing” a publication/presentation? • How much work do you put into your own profile as a scientist (versus other aspects of you on Facebook ) • Even if you are not going to be a scientist your online profile is increasingly important.
  7. 7. The Power of Social Media
  8. 8. The Power of Social Media
  9. 9. The Power of Blogs
  10. 10. The Power of Blogs (from Sean Ekins, @collabchem)
  11. 11. Is exposure important??? • Does a highly viewed paper mean better science? CLEARLY NO! • If AltMetrics is one of the new measures clearly visibility and discoverability is important • Considering the investment made in the science is there a downside to investing in exposing it? • YES…it can be called “gaming” or “savvy”
  12. 12. Visibility Means Discoverability • Q: Does a Social Profile as a scientist matter? • You are visible, when you share your skills, experience and research activities by: • Establishing a public profile • Getting on the record • Collaborative Science • Demonstrating a skill set • Measured using “alternative metrics” • Contributing to the public peer review process • There are many ways to become “visible”
  13. 13. Was this “Visible”???
  14. 14. My entry into social media • I was NOT a follower into the world of social media • I am actually this guy… • But challenge me and I get a “little vocal”
  15. 15. Learning about blogging the hard way • ChemSpider was a “hobby project” • Housed in a basement and running off three servers – one bought, two built • Sensitive to weather and power stability • Went live at ACS Spring 2007 in Chicago
  16. 16. Me as a Monkey
  17. 17. Now it’s not just blogging…
  18. 18. Social Networking 2007 vs 2013 • How many of you were on Facebook in 2007
  19. 19. The Names in 2013?
  20. 20. The Names in 2013?
  21. 21. Your Profile as a Scientist • If you are an active scientist – i.e. already published, active researcher, generator of data, early, mid- or late career there is lots to do! • If you are a junior scientist the benefits of investing time now will provide a strong foundation for your future! • So what do I do??
  22. 22. Maybe you should be a brand? • If you are going forth into the social network adopt a “brand name” throughout the network • Search Google for your “brand name” • Choose a unique brand or be yourself • BRAND: Collabchem, ChemConnector • YOURSELF: egonwillighagen, joergwegner
  23. 23. Branding: I am ChemConnector
  24. 24. My Online Profile Shared on.. • Places I am viewable: • Online CVs • LinkedIn • Google Scholar Citations for citations • Microsoft Academic Scholar for papers • ImpactStory • Plum Analytics • Wikipedia and ScientistsDB • Search engines
  25. 25. My primary CV is on my blog
  26. 26. My primary CV is on my blog
  27. 27. Blogging was a passion… • My blog is my voice • I communicate and engage the community • I ask for help, share my skills, collaborate • Blogging was my most important voice in the social network. • I committed to positions, have been very honest, challenging, invested a lot of time..
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  29. 29. williams/
  30. 30. Are you a-tweeting on Twitter? • 140 characters to connect and communicate • Use your “brand name” on Twitter – it has high frequency here… • Greatest value for me – bite-sized nuggets into information of interest and leading people into information I wish to share including my posts, my activities • Faster responses than email commonly!
  31. 31. You should be LinkedIn • LinkedIn for “professionals” • Expose work history, skills, your professional interests, your memberships – your profile WILL be watched! • Who you are linked to says a lot about who you are. Get Linked to people in your domain. • Professional relationships rather than just friendships. FaceBook-it for friends
  32. 32. LinkedIn
  33. 33. My Career Captured…
  34. 34. And “Endorsements”
  35. 35. Share/Manage Your Publications • Where do you “manage your publications”? • Share your “activities” with the community • My publications/slides/videos are my CV on • My Blog • On LinkedIn • On SlideShare • On Researchgate • On
  36. 36. Sharing your slides online? • Slideshare to host, expose and share your presentations, publications, posters and videos (subject to copyright you might have transferred!) • • Register for an account and retain your branding! Keep your online brand consistent
  37. 37. SlideShare
  38. 38. My Google Scholar Profile
  39. 39. And Mendeley
  40. 40. My Co-author Graph on MAS..
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  43. 43. Places to Share Videos • There are other sites for you to share your videos online as a scientist • YouTube • SciVee • Vimeo • Slideshare
  44. 44. Popularizing Science Fun in the Networks
  45. 45. Scientists are “Quantified” • We are quantified • Stats are gathered and analyzed • Employers can find them, tenure will depend on them and these already happen without your participation • Scientists Impact Factors, H-index and many other variants.
  46. 46. How I am Quantified…
  47. 47. How I am Quantified…
  48. 48. The Alt-Metrics Manifesto
  49. 49. And into the AltMetrics World
  50. 50. AltMetrics via Plum Analytics
  51. 51. Usage, Citations, Social Media
  52. 52. Detailed Usage Statistics
  53. 53. • Persistent unique digital identifier • Integrates to workflows such as manuscript and grant submission • Supports automated linkages with your professional activities Enabled by
  54. 54. Contributing to Science • I became a community contributor to science • Shared my expertise in the new world of open • Share your Figures • Contribute to Wikis – Wikipedia and others • Participated in Open Notebook Science • Build tools and platforms to support chemists • Shared my data, curated data, helped others • Engaged on blogs and discussions
  55. 55. The Story of Hexacyclinol
  56. 56. The Blogosphere “Discusses”
  57. 57. Oxidation by Sodium Hydride?
  58. 58. The Blogosphere Analyzes…
  59. 59. The Blogosphere Analyzes…
  60. 60. How much is in the archives?
  61. 61. Open Notebook Science Analysis
  62. 62. An Adventure into the World of Small but significant contribution..
  63. 63. ChemSpider SyntheticPages
  64. 64. Micropublishing with Peer Review (a chemical synthesis blog?)
  65. 65. Multi-Step Synthesis
  66. 66. Interactive Data
  67. 67. My experiences in social media • I was able to communicate AND demonstrate my skills, expertise, passion, drive and intention by blogging and sharing • “Connected” with collaborative people • Like-mindedness “out there” is a great feeling • I blog far less today than I used to…time commitment can be very large • “Twitter makes no sense”…until I did it • LinkedIn: professional networking tool
  68. 68. My views of the future • “Altmetrics” is going to be big • ORCID will be very important • Scientists, and especially young scientists, can “get in early” and build reputation • It takes effort driven by participation…
  69. 69. And our PLoS Article Now?
  70. 70. Participate in your profile!
  71. 71. Contribute to Your Profile • The representation of YOU on the web is going to become increasingly important… • Engagement and participation is a choice… • Consider the value to both you and to your community regarding contribution • Open Data, Curations, Annotations etc.
  72. 72. Thank you Email: ORCID: 0000-0002-2668-4821 Twitter: @ChemConnector Personal Blog: SLIDES: