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Encouraging undergraduate students to participate as authors of scientific publications


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Many students spend enormous amounts of their time engaged with their computers, accepting of course that mobile devices are simply computers of a different form factor. Engaged with the social networks, utilizing computer platforms to source and share content of various forms, their contributions of “data” into what is the cloud, and in many cases a void, is enormous. What community and career benefit might result from those students spending some of their time contributing chemistry related data to the world? What challenges lie in the way of their participation and how might participating have a positive, or negative impact on their future career. The Royal Society of Chemistry hosts a number of chemistry data platforms to which students can actively contribute and for which their participation can be measured. Moreover the RSC’s micropublishing platform allows chemists to learn how to write up their scientific work, obtain review from their peers and chemistry professors in a non-threatening environment and produce an online published work in less than day that is both citable and available as a shared resource for the community. This presentation will demonstrate how to participate and encourage engagement from students early in their education. There are no longer any technology barriers to the sharing of the majority of chemistry related data.

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Encouraging undergraduate students to participate as authors of scientific publications

  1. 1. Encouraging undergraduate students to participate as authors of scientific publications Antony Williams ACS San Francisco August 2014
  2. 2. This talk is to students… • BUT…even if you are not a student PLEASE consider what you can do as a supervisor and teacher to help… • It is our job to train, facilitate and encourage • How will students learn to write and have peer review early? • The value of learning about the challenges of sharing data, using standards, developing collaborations and early contribution….
  3. 3. My Publication Record • BSc 1982-85 and PhD 1985-88 • Not a single publication in six years… Why?
  4. 4. My Publication Record • BSc 1982-85 and PhD 1985-88 • Not a single publication in six years… Why? • But I did a lot of research! • Made a lot of chemicals – synthetic data • Measured a LOT of spectral data • Measured a lot of property data • Did a lot of computational work • Wrote a lot of code • But that was in the 1980s…
  5. 5. As a Young Scientist… • It takes time to build a publication profile • Writing, submitting, getting reviewed, getting published could be many months! • It’s easy to become an Online Scientist today! • Contribution to science is a few keystrokes away – sharing, part of the likesonomy culture
  6. 6. Sharing science today • At any point in your scientific career you can technically share data • If you make it, study it, measure it then you can report on it… • There are many platforms to share your data, your skills, your experience and yourself • IS self-marketing….
  7. 7. 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 • Contributing to the public peer review process • Many ways to become “visible”
  8. 8. The Alt-Metrics Manifesto
  9. 9. Altmetrics Score
  10. 10. AltMetrics via Plum Analytics
  11. 11. Detailed Usage Statistics
  12. 12. Such Stats “Quantify” You • 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.
  13. 13. How I am Quantified…
  14. 14. How I am Quantified…
  15. 15. Google Scholar Citations
  16. 16. Tweets are “publications”?
  17. 17. Your slides are publications?
  18. 18. SlideShare
  19. 19. Is Data A Publication?
  20. 20. Is Data A Publication?
  21. 21. ChemSpider
  22. 22. Cholesterol on ChemSpider
  23. 23. Deposition of Data Deposit structures, spectra, properties, data collections (thousands of compounds etc)
  24. 24. Being a Data Source
  25. 25. How much data is lost? • How many reactions in a thesis never get published? • How many spectra of common materials could be shared? • How many properties are measured and lost? • What stands in the way of sharing? • Is it technology? • Permissions? “The Boss”, Licensing?
  26. 26. What about Syntheses?
  27. 27. ChemSpider SyntheticPages
  28. 28. Submission process • Register • Use the Submit button and fill in the fields…
  29. 29. Submission Process • Submissions reviewed by editorial board • Published as is or comments sent to author • Online Peer Review process – engage chemists in ongoing discussions and feedback loop • Data supported include web movies, images, live spectra etc.
  30. 30. Profile
  31. 31. Interactive Data
  32. 32. Most Accessed
  33. 33. Popular Authors
  34. 34. Future Recognition on
  35. 35. Future Recognition on Plum Analytics? ChemSpider
  36. 36. 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?
  37. 37. …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.
  38. 38. Kudos Enhance the Article
  39. 39. Focus Efforts on One Article
  40. 40. The Article of Interest
  41. 41. Altmetrics Score
  42. 42. Explain
  43. 43. Enrich
  44. 44. Enrich
  45. 45. Enrich
  46. 46. Enrich
  47. 47. Completed
  48. 48. Share Twitter and Facebook
  49. 49. Measure (15 hours)
  50. 50. • Persistent unique digital identifier • Integrates to workflows such as manuscript and grant submission • Supports automated linkages with your professional activities Enabled by
  51. 51. Benefits of “Publishing“ Early.. • Publishing is changing and has many forms • Data, figures, reports, videos, and… • Online exposure develops reputation, benefits the community, engages discussion and collaboration. • RSC Platform open to chemistry data: chemicals, property data, spectral data, syntheses etc.
  52. 52. Thank you Email: ORCID: 0000-0002-2668-4821 Twitter: @ChemConnector Personal Blog: SLIDES: