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  • I would argue that this emerging landscape presents threats to traditional information mediators (e.g. Publishers, academic libraries) but there are some really interesting opportunities for researchers- and two of these opportunities are OA and social media.
  • So OA is likely to be something that is an increasingly prevalent mode of scholarly communications- but again this presents an opportunity for researchers to better disseminate their findings and create impact.
  • Blogging as somewhere between the formality of a peer-reviewed article and the informality of e.g. a discussion in a seminar. Show here LSE Impact of Social Science blog (example of a multi-authored blog); The Ed-Techie blog (example of a well-developed blog); and City Open Access (example of an out of the box installation)
  • Refer here to the web- demonstrate the City Research Online Twitter feed as well as the examples given above.
  • Show graph on blog post above.
  • Creating impact for your research after publication: City Research Online and social networking

    1. 1. Creating impact for your research afterpublication: City Research Online and social networking Neil Stewart, Digital Repository Manager
    2. 2. Session overview• Scholarly communication in the internet age• Open access: a hot topic!• Open access at City: City Research Online• Social networking: a new form of scholarly communications, or a frivolous waste of time?• Twitter, blogs & other social media• Open access & social media: power dissemination!• Conclusions
    3. 3. Scholarly communication in the web age• The web as a classic disruptive technology - and these effects are still playing out.• Knowledge can now be freely disseminated via the web.• Goodbye to the library as the gatekeeper for scholarly knowledge.• Traditional models of publishing (subscription journals, hard copy monographs) under threat as a result.• New methods of scholarly communications gaining currency e.g. ebooks, open educational resources, open access journals.• Problems of authority and authenticity of information.• Social media as a dissemination tool or a medium in its own right?
    4. 4. Open access (OA): a hot topic!• General (reductive) idea: taxpayer funded research should be accessible to all (and in particular all academics).• “Green” and “Gold” routes to OA.• The OA citation advantage.• A lot of publicity around OA recently: • The Elsevier boycott. • Government moves to ensure the Research Councils ensure research outputs are made OA. • The Guardian and other prominent media outlets have been examining OA issues.• What does all this mean for researchers? • Likely that the Research Councils will mandate OA as a condition of funding- and enforce this mandate!
    5. 5. Open access at City: City Research Online• Institutional repository service launched in Autumn 2011.• Allows City authors to make their research (articles, chapters, conference papers, theses) available to anyone who wishes to access it via Green OA– author self- archiving.• To do this, all we need is the “author final” version of papers- the final, post-refereeing draft.• We do the copyright checking on your behalf.• Papers added to CRO get found and downloaded- we recently broke the 100 downloads a day barrier, we have had downloads from c. 86 countries in the last month alone!• See for example, 01/
    6. 6. Social media- blogging• A new form of academic communication?• Quick & easy to set up a blog!• Allows for peer interaction, can find an audience outside the academy.• Can contextualise research for new and wider audiences.• Problems: finding the time, creating an audience.
    7. 7. Social media- Twitter• Short, timely updates on relevant topics.• Conversational model.• Know your audience! Possibility of mixed messages.• Hashtagging your Tweets.• Some examples of good practice here at City: @giCentre, @cityuni_hcid, @CityLCS• Also possible to build personal networks, e.g. @WebsterFrank
    8. 8. Case study: it really works!• Melissa Terras, UCL Department of Information Studies.• Made a concerted effort to blog & Tweet about her papers which had been added to UCL’s institutional repository service.• Most papers had received one or two downloads; after publicising, this rose to an average of 70 downloads per paper.• As a result, she achieved 27 of the top 50 most downloaded papers in her department that month. “If you tell people about your research, they look at it. Your research will get looked at more than papers which are not promoted via social media.”
    9. 9. Further readingThat LSE blog from my last slide: of Social Sciences Handbook: guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities: media: A guide for researchers: work/communicating-and-disseminating-research/social-media-guide- researchers
    10. 10. Thanks!Email: @neilstewartCRO’s email address:’s OA repository:’s on City’s website: publicationsCRO on Twitter: @City_ResearchCRO’s blog:’s Social Media Officer Sabrina Francis: