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A talk aimed at staff of the School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury. May be of interest to some others too.

A talk aimed at staff of the School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury. May be of interest to some others too.

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  • 1. Raising academic profiles with online resources Paul Gardner May 8, 2014 Paul Gardner Raising academic profiles with online resources
  • 2. Motivation: QS rankings March 2014 report by Warren Smart, Ministry of Education. Summarises the performance of NZ universities across the ARWU, QS and THE rankings. International student scholarships are limited to top 200 universities by some agencies. http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/tertiary education/145981 Paul Gardner Raising academic profiles with online resources
  • 3. Motivation: QS rankings QS is the most widely used & cited ranking Based upon arbitrary weighting of 6 metrics Z-scores → “P-values” High density ouside the tails of the normal distributions → small changes can have a large impact Paul Gardner Raising academic profiles with online resources
  • 4. Motivation: QS rankings NZ university rankings Year QSworldranking Auckland − 94 Otago − 155 Canterbury − 238 Victoria − 265 Massey − 343 Waikato: 401−410 Lincoln: 481−490 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 400 300 200 100 1 2013 H−index 0 50 100 150 200 75 96 128 111 128 203 196 2013 H6−index 0 20 40 60 80 100 40 45 67 58 67 100 112 Paul Gardner Raising academic profiles with online resources
  • 5. Motivation: QS rankings Paul Gardner Raising academic profiles with online resources
  • 6. Motivation: QS rankings Paul Gardner Raising academic profiles with online resources
  • 7. Motivation: UC citations 0 500 1000 1500 2000 0 100 200 300 400 500 Number of citations per UC article (2008−2012) Article index Numberofcites 20 cites long tail 100 cites 0 100 200 300 400 500 0 20 40 60 80 100 Cumulative %−age contribution to UC's total cites Number of cites %−ageofUCtotalcites <20cites <100cites Paul Gardner Raising academic profiles with online resources
  • 8. Motivation: PBRF q q q q q q q q q q q q 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1234567 UC Subjects PBRF 06 vs 12 performances AQS(N) 2006 AQS(N)2012 Ag._&_Appld_Bio._Sci. Biomedical Chemistry Earth_Sciences Ecol.,_Evol._&_Behav. Eng._&_Tech. For._Lang._&_Ling. Human_Geography Mol.,_Cell._&_Whole_Org._Bio. Other_Health_Studs Physics Psychology x National average q q q q q q q 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 4.04.55.05.56.0 UC Department PBRF 06 vs 12 performances AQS(N) 2006 AQS(N)2012 Chemistry Communication_DisordersGeography Geological_Sciences Physics_and_Astronomy Psychology Biological_Sciences x National average Performance-based research funding (cf. UK’s RAE) Research outputs, contribution to research environment, and peer esteem Paul Gardner Raising academic profiles with online resources
  • 9. Some strategies going forward High impact articles International collaborations (Pan, Kaski & Fortunato, 2012) Meta-analyses (Anecdote, 2014) – see Shinichi Nakagawa Publicise your work! Some suggestions: Deposit data in archives (+9%, Piwowar & Vision, 2013) Preprint archives or publish open access (+124% to +230%, Aman, 2013) UC library, personal webpage, arXiv, bioRxiv, figshare, ... Check your articles are referenced on appropriate Wikipedia articles Ten Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia. Paul Gardner Raising academic profiles with online resources
  • 10. More PR venues Create a ResearchGate profile Create a GoogleScholar profile AltMetrics are used by some sources (e.g. downloads, tweets, likes, ...). ImpactStory is one venue for these. Paul Gardner Raising academic profiles with online resources
  • 11. ResearchGate a social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators Spam! Undocumented “RG score” Can upload full-text copies of their articles (pre-prints, or modified copyright statements) Paul Gardner Raising academic profiles with online resources
  • 12. Google Scholar A freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature Includes most peer-reviewed online journals of Europe and America’s largest scholarly publishers, plus scholarly books and other non-peer reviewed journals Import and export references in RefWorks, RefMan, EndNote and BibTeX formats Individual’s total citation count, h-index, and i10-index Top citations in a field of interest can also be accessed Alerts! Paul Gardner Raising academic profiles with online resources
  • 13. More input is welcome... There are a variety of UC groups looking at these issues... College/SBS Research Committees (incl. Wendy Lawson, Ximena Nelson, Emily Parker, ...) Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Steve Weaver and Dean of Postgraduate Research Lucy Johnston 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020 800 850 900 950 1000 1050 1100 Year SBSAwesomeness Paul Gardner Raising academic profiles with online resources
  • 14. Some ideas Research funding in exchange for recruiting international students? Subsidise trips home for our internationational staff in exchange for UC ambassador activities? Raise entry requirements? Provisional enrolments? Entrance exams? Hire more staff? Increase the PG to UG ratios? Paul Gardner Raising academic profiles with online resources
  • 15. Conclusion UC is a world class university with world class staff and students Paul Gardner Raising academic profiles with online resources