Welcome & Introductions This is session 4 in a series covering PGR information Skills in the Humanities. Already covered areas such as finding information, searching, Managing your references. Today’s session is going to cover something that on the surface you may think I don’t need to know about that but really all researchers should be concerned with this as it will in some way affect all of you. Impact has become a very hot topic in academia particularly where research is concerned. Can anyone tell me WHY? ROI Adding to knowledge, not just your own but more collectively. Your research should be original and in that sense should have an impact on others There is a great deal of controversy about measuring impact. In science impact and implications can be clearer but in humanities this is not so. We are not going to debate this today we are going to look at this in a practical sense in how it might help you to know about it. It is possible to measure an individuals impact in any given discipline if you want to know more about this then you should come to the session about bibliometrics. Today we are going to talk about journal impact factors
Briefly here are the objectives for todays session. Todays session will not just b a lecture you will be pleased to hear, you will have to do a little thinking !
Aim of Slide = to initiate discussion on why researchers need to be aware of impact factors Has anyone had their work published already? Why are they important to you? Why do we need to know which is the best journal to be published in? Following discussion use flip chart to record answers Peer review Quality control Most read/ wider circulation Leads to greater impact Raises individual research status Raises institutional status Generates more funding for the institution Possibly generates individual sponsorship for further research Possibility of further publishing e.g. book Increases employability Demonstrates value for money where public funding is involved
Open JCR and demonstrate looking for an IF Journal Impact Factor The journal impact factor is the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past two years have been cited in the JCR year.
So when you are looking for the best journal to get your article published in you should be looking to one of the tools I have mentioned to find that title. The journal that is widest read that has a rigorous peer review procedure
Research in the arts and humanities is often difficult to measure in terms of impact. It may be more useful to refer to impact as value. Some research projects take the shape simply of a monograph sometimes it is a collaborative work where different organisations contribute different resources. Knowledge transfer. Research and results can take time to come to fruition, and then there is often no immediate tangible impact All the suggestions here will not happen overnight and probably not within a couple of years like the databases measure citations of STEM subjects. Impact is important for all the reasons that we have just stated and part of the new measures of impact is going to look at how research can impact society more widely from the point of view of the man on the street and how impact can be measured to be of social and economical benefit.
Here are some ways that I think that I could think of that you could do now while you are doing your Phd. You may be able to think of some more.
HANDOUT AIM OF SLIDE= Introduce the concept of individual digital profiles. Look each other up and supervisors to see if a digital footprint exists. Use the handout to indicate how it can be done in their own time. One of the ways that I mentioned on the previous slide digital networking. This is a useful method as it can be done relatively quickly with little effort. As part of an individuals impact it is important to have a profile and you can make use of technology to do this. I am sure that many of you have a Facebook or a myspace profile. There are academic/professional networking site where it is possible to build up networks and where you can raise your profile. Spend 5 minutes in groups looking each other up. What did you find? If there is nothing there for nay of you try your supervisor or nancy rothwell One of the other ways that you can improve the impact of your work is by using the University’s Institutional repository and my colleague Scott is now going to talk to you about.
183 registered repositories in the UK.
Todays session has covered a lot of ground Broadly we have covered methods of disseminating your research so you and others can get the best out of it. We have talked about open access and using it as a method for distributing your research to its audience. Using the University’s institutional repository and how it will work for you. Impact Factors and how to make the best use of them to raise your profile and that of your research How to measure your own potential impact And the limitations of those measures
This session has been brought to you today by Scott from the Manchester eScholar team and Sam from Information Skills If you have any questions or wish to follow up this session then please do contact us at this e-mail address and we will get back in touch with you as soon as we can. You can keep up with other things that are targeted at researchers by checking the blog and following the Twitter feed. The blog also stores most of the teaching materials that we use in for the research training programme. So things like slides, workbooks and handouts as well as links to how to do it videos for things like finding your h index using Scopus.
SESSION FOUR: DISSEMINATION & IMPACT SAM ASTON SCOTT TAYLOR Humanities Information Skills PGR Module
By the end of this session, you will be able to:
The impact factor , often abbreviated IF , is a measure reflecting the average number of citations to articles published in science and social science journals . It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field, with journals with higher impact factors deemed to be more important than those with lower ones.
What is an Institutional Repository (IR)? An institutional repository is… … an online locus for collecting, preserving, and disseminating – in digital form – the intellectual output of a research institution.
All 7 research councils and the Wellcome Trust advocate open access on all published outputs of their funded projects. (Source: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/policy-and-legal/overview-funders-data-policies )
Of the 328 publishers listed on SHERPA/RoMEO 58% allow postprint archiving without embargo . (Source: SHERPA/RoMEO )
70% of publishers formally allow some form of self-archiving. (Source: SHERPA/RoMEO )