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Beyond the paper cv and developing a scientific profile online


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This is a presentation made at the "Advancing Research Communication and Scholarship"

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 online

  1. 1. Beyond the paper CV (or how to develop an online profile) Antony Williams ARCS Conference, April 27th 2015
  2. 2. About Me • BSc Chemistry, University of Liverpool • PhD Chemistry, University of London • National Research Council, Canada • University of Ottawa, Canada • Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, NY • Advanced Chemistry Development, Toronto • ChemSpider, “in a basement” • Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK • EPA, Research Triangle Park
  3. 3. Questions to Start… • Who in the room has an ORCID????
  4. 4. Questions to Start… • Who in the room has an ORCID???? • Who has a blog? • Who has a LinkedIn Profile?
  5. 5. The intention of this talk… • Encourage participation in your online profile • Highlight some of the tools available • Suggest paths to contribute data to science • Start NOW – your scientific contributions will be way bigger than your CV represents • No one else will market you so you better had!!!
  6. 6. You vs. Your Statistics • Clearly who you are should be more important than your “numbers” • While breakthrough science should conquer all • Your stats open doors • Headhunters review you online • The “weight” of your CV is important
  7. 7. Scientists measured by Impact
  8. 8. Measuring Impact?
  9. 9. The Alt-Metrics Manifesto
  10. 10. National Information Standards Organization and “Altmetrics”
  11. 11. Summarizing my research… • 1982-85 My BSc wrote off three publications… • 1985-88 I left my PhD with NO publications… • My PhD research outputs: • 8 research notebooks of daily activities • Thousands of paper spectra and plots • A >400 page PhD Thesis • 3 sets of “transparencies” • 5 computer programs • Not the best CV in the world…who knew?
  12. 12. Your Research Outputs? • Research datasets • Scientific software • Publications – peer-reviewed and many others • Posters and presentations at conferences • Electronic theses and dissertations • Performances in film and audio • Lectures, online classes and teaching activities • What else??? • The possibilities to share are endless
  13. 13. Is self-marketing of value??? • How much work do you put into your own scientific profile? (versus Facebook ) • How much “data” do you actively share? • How much do you produce on your hard drive? Reports? Lit reviews? Presentations? • Post-publication, how much work is put into sharing with the community? • More visible does NOT mean better science
  14. 14. 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??
  15. 15. Should you 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
  16. 16. Branding: I am ChemConnector
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. My primary CV is on my blog
  19. 19. My primary CV is on my blog
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  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. LinkedIn
  23. 23. My Career Captured…
  24. 24. And “Endorsements”
  25. 25. Highlight “Projects”
  26. 26. Manage Articles Here Too.
  27. 27. …and presentations
  28. 28. My Google Scholar Profile
  29. 29. “I don’t have any publications” • This is YOUR choice! Conference Abstracts.. • You produce reports, presentations and posters during your studies – share them !
  30. 30. Sharing your works online
  31. 31. Slideshare – Highly Accessed
  32. 32. Slideshare – Fast Delivery
  33. 33. Slideshare – NOT Just Slides
  34. 34. Other Platforms • There are other platforms of course… • Vimeo • YouTube • ResearchGate • Academia • Figshare • Many others
  35. 35. ResearchGate
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  37. 37. 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.
  38. 38. Slideshare - Analytics
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  41. 41. ResearchGate
  42. 42. How I am Quantified…
  43. 43. Almost 42…
  44. 44. What do numbers mean?? • It’s all relative….
  45. 45. Back to Alt-Metrics & Impact
  46. 46. And into the AltMetrics World
  47. 47. AltMetrics via Plum Analytics
  48. 48. Usage, Citations, Social Media
  49. 49. Detailed Usage Statistics
  50. 50. Author attitudes 51
  51. 51. Author attitudes 52
  52. 52. Put WORK into publications • To explain, enhance and share your articles • Ability to add, connect, integrate other information associated with the article: • Blog posts, commentaries, external reviews • Presentations, videos, links to later publications • Follow up work, new data, additional data not in the supplementary information • Tools measure visits/views/sharing of article
  53. 53. Kudos Enhance the Article
  54. 54. Explain
  55. 55. Enrich
  56. 56. Measured 15 hours later
  57. 57. A publication as a point-in-time • From a publication how do you cite forward? • to errata? • to your later publications? • to electronic notebook pages? • to blog posts about your work? • to other peoples related publications? • to reinterpreted data you don’t publish?
  58. 58. We know Titles drive interest! Call it Fuzzy and Tweet it…
  59. 59. AltMetrics within 48 Hours
  60. 60. Bat Fellatio Viewed 337,000 Times…as it were. BE SAVVY • And yes…known issues with AltMetrics… VIEWS does not mean reads!!!
  61. 61. Within Two Weeks 12 shares 45 share referrals 1240 Kudos views 431 downloads 138 claims
  62. 62. 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 • If there is a downside to investing in exposing your publications, what is it? • YES…it can be called “gaming” or “savvy”
  63. 63. A Story of the Power of Social Media
  64. 64. The Power of Social Media
  65. 65. The Power of Blogs
  66. 66. The Power of Blogs (from Sean Ekins, @collabchem)
  67. 67. What about “Data Sharing”? • Differently that publications, presentations, movies and “content” – data can be shared • Real data – spreadsheets, plots, figures, chemical compounds, spectral data etc….
  68. 68. Spreadsheets/Figures
  69. 69. Declare Figure License Here!
  70. 70. Are you a-tweeting on Twitter? • 140 characters to connect and communicate • Use your “brand name” on Twitter • 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!
  71. 71. My views of the future • “Altmetrics” popularity is growing. • ORCID is already important – get one • Scientists, and especially young scientists, can “get in early” and build reputation • It takes effort driven by participation…
  72. 72. I recommend… • Register for an ORCID ID • Develop your LinkedIn profile • Publish to Slideshare • Track Google Scholar Citations (for now) • Choose: ResearchGate or • Participate in building your profile
  73. 73. How to Manage ALL Profiles?
  74. 74. List All Profiles in One Place
  75. 75. And our article Now?
  76. 76. Thank you Email: ORCID: 0000-0002-2668-4821 Twitter: @ChemConnector Personal Blog: SLIDES: