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Profile-building, research sharing, and data proliferation using social media tools for scientists

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Many of us invest significant amounts of time sharing our activities with friends and family via social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter or other related websites. However, despite the availability of many platforms for scientists to connect and share with their peers in the scientific community, most do not use of these tools to impact and influence their professional careers. Scientists are already being indexed and exposed on the internet via our publications, presentations and data and new “AltMetric scores” are being assigned to scientific publications as measures of popularity and, supposedly, of impact. We now have more options to contribute to science, to annotate and curate data, to “publish” in new ways, and many of these activities are part of a growing crowdsourcing network. With so many web-based platforms to share publications, presentations, data and activities, how does a scientist shortcut their way to understanding what is available and the benefits of use? Participating online, whether it be simply for career advancement or for wider exposure of your research, there are now a series of web applications that can provide a great opportunity to develop a scientific profile within the community. This presentation will provide an overview of what is available and the potential benefits of investing a small amount of time in developing an online profile and communicating your science to a networked audience, especially as an increasing number of potential employers and collaborators utilize the web to research scientists. This abstract does not necessarily represent the views or policies of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Profile-building, research sharing, and data proliferation using social media tools for scientists

  1. 1. Profile Building, Research Sharing and Data Proliferation using Social Media Tools for Scientists Antony Williams Center for Computational Toxicology and Exposure, Office of Research and Development, US EPA Disclaimer: The views expressed in this presentation are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, nor does mention of trade names or products represent endorsement for use. ORCID 0000-0002-2668-4821
  2. 2. Office of Research and Development Various Versions of This Talk www.slideshare.net/AntonyWilliams
  3. 3. Office of Research and Development A related publication…
  4. 4. Office of Research and Development Some Questions for you… •Show of hands please… – How many of you have an ORCID? – How many of you have LinkedIn? – How many of you have SlideShare? – How many of you have published >3 papers? – How many of you share your work online?
  5. 5. Office of Research and Development Who markets your work??? If not you, then who? •“It's not the job of researchers to become experts in public relations — that's why universities have press offices, says Matt Shipman, research communications lead at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. But he recommends scientists toot their own horns as well. ” • http://www.nature.com/news/kudos-promises-to-help-scientists-promote-their-papers-to-new-audiences-1.20346
  6. 6. Office of Research and Development My Hopes for Today • Encourage you in the “era of participation” • Provide an overview of some tools available • Share some stories, statistics and strategies • Encourage you to “share for the sake of community/science as well as for yourself” • OUTCOMES • You will claim an ORCiD • You will invest ~2 hours per month on your profile • You have a bigger “Impact” online….
  7. 7. Office of Research and Development 6 ORCID – The Scientists SSN
  8. 8. Office of Research and Development What’s the value of ORCID? • ORCIDs are now expected for many publications • Single click through to your ORCID page – how rich is your ORCID biography??? See https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2668-4821
  9. 9. Office of Research and Development Publishers Requiring ORCIDs… https://orcid.org/content/mandating-orcid-publication- workflows-open-letter
  10. 10. Office of Research and Development It’s a Scientists SSN – use it in various places
  11. 11. Office of Research and Development Use ORCID on all products • Use your ORCID on everything you produce that will be indexed: –Presentations –Posters –Your profiles
  12. 12. Office of Research and Development Google will index all of your works…even if ORCID doesn’t
  13. 13. Office of Research and Development Think about it… • 100s if not 1000s of hours of research behind a paper. How much work is the PUBLISHER going to do to make sure people find out about your article?? How do you find out about an article??? • Shouldn’t YOU and your CO-AUTHORS invest some time in getting it out to the network??? • A presentation given to a small room of people has a lifetime of “20-30 mins”. A presentation shared online for all to see lives a lot longer. An article shared in the network has a much wider audience.
  14. 14. Office of Research and Development 13 Scientists are Evaluated: “Statistics” •Research datasets •Scientific software •Publications – peer-reviewed and many others •Posters and presentations at conferences •Electronic theses and dissertations •Performances in film and audio •Other forms of research •CAVEAT: Make sure you are allowed to share
  15. 15. Office of Research and Development 14 LinkedIn The MOST BASIC Career Networking Tool http://www.linkedin.com/in/AntonyWilliams
  16. 16. Office of Research and Development 15 My primary project at present…
  17. 17. Office of Research and Development 16 Ability to Highlight Projects
  18. 18. Office of Research and Development 17 Manage Articles Here Too…
  19. 19. Office of Research and Development Your Postings Get Networked
  20. 20. Office of Research and Development Ask for Recommendations
  21. 21. Office of Research and Development Ask for “Endorsements”, or get them…
  22. 22. Office of Research and Development Instant Summary as a PDF
  23. 23. Office of Research and Development Presentations
  24. 24. Office of Research and Development Sharing your works online – can get 1000s of views
  25. 25. Office of Research and Development Analytics
  26. 26. Office of Research and Development Slideshare – Highly Accessed
  27. 27. Office of Research and Development Slideshare – NOT Just Slides
  28. 28. Office of Research and Development DOI your research outputs and put online… Don’t Wait!
  29. 29. Office of Research and Development 28 ResearchGate for Networking
  30. 30. Office of Research and Development Add MANY Flavors of Research
  31. 31. Office of Research and Development ResearchGate for Sharing a PROJECT
  32. 32. Office of Research and Development 31 ResearchGate for Networking
  33. 33. Office of Research and Development Prompts you to Improve Your Profile
  34. 34. Office of Research and Development “I won’t use it I get too many emails” https://www.researchgate.net/account.AccountNotificationSettings.html
  35. 35. Office of Research and Development What about “Data Sharing”?
  36. 36. Office of Research and Development Supplementary Data Access
  37. 37. Office of Research and Development “Personal Data Sharing”?
  38. 38. Office of Research and Development 37 Credit for Reviewing Papers?
  39. 39. Office of Research and Development 38 ORCID as a core identifier
  40. 40. Office of Research and Development 39 Your PUBLIC review record
  41. 41. Office of Research and Development 40 Linked in ORCID too..
  42. 42. Office of Research and Development 41 Alt-Metrics Manifesto http://altmetrics.org/manifesto/
  43. 43. Office of Research and Development https://impactstory.org/u/0000-0002-2668-4821
  44. 44. Office of Research and Development
  45. 45. Office of Research and Development
  46. 46. Office of Research and Development AltMetric Scores and “Donuts”
  47. 47. Office of Research and Development Does Social Media Work? Andrew McEachran thinks so
  48. 48. Office of Research and Development AltMetricIt Bookmarklet https://www.altmetric.com/products/free-tools/bookmarklet/
  49. 49. Office of Research and Development 48 Google Scholar Tracks Publications and Citations http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=O2L8nh4AAAAJ
  50. 50. Office of Research and Development NOISE in Your Google Citations Profile http://tinyurl.com/hyz4aba
  51. 51. Office of Research and Development Check your profile data
  52. 52. Office of Research and Development Add Articles that Are Missed
  53. 53. Office of Research and Development Try Twitter • 140 characters to connect and communicate • Use a “brand name” on Twitter • Greatest value for me – leading people into information I wish to share including my presentations and publications • Think amplification of your work….
  54. 54. Office of Research and Development Use Twitter to Awaken Old Articles
  55. 55. Office of Research and Development 54 Book Chapters on Amazon
  56. 56. Office of Research and Development Facebook • I personally use Facebook for “friends and family” – but since many of my friends are scientists… • I share my blog posts • I share links to my papers • I share my presentations directly from SlideShare
  57. 57. Office of Research and Development Facebook
  58. 58. Office of Research and Development Branding: I am ChemConnector
  59. 59. Office of Research and Development My Primary CV is my Blog
  60. 60. Office of Research and Development But the top of my CV…
  61. 61. Office of Research and Development 60 What Next? My Recommendations • Register for an ORCID ID • Enhance your LinkedIn profile • Use Google Scholar Citations and curate • Choose: ResearchGate or Academia.edu • Use: Publons • Participate building your profile – share data, papers, presentations, etc..
  62. 62. Office of Research and Development 61 What I said… http://www.nature.com/news/kudos-promises-to-help-scientists-promote-their-papers-to-new-audiences-1.20346 …choose two or three social-media platforms, invest the time to get them set up, and then spend perhaps two hours a month keeping them current. If nothing else, he says, build a LinkedIn profile as an online CV, claim and update an ORCID ID, and log peer-review activities on Publons.com. …a research paper is itself the end product of an extraordinary investment of time and energy. It takes thousands of hours of research, data analysis, writing and peer review, he says. “Shouldn't you put at least 10 to 20 hours of work into making sure that you can get the message out to relevant people?”
  63. 63. Office of Research and Development Various Versions of This Talk www.slideshare.net/AntonyWilliams Email: williams.antony@epa.gov

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