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The Benefits of Participation in the Social Web of Science


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With the flourishing environment of platforms for sharing data, establishing an online profile and engaging in scientific discourse through alternative modes of publishing and participation, there are numerous potential benefits. However, while many scientists invest significant amounts of time in sharing their activities and opinions with friends and family the majority do not make use of the new opportunities to participate in the developing social web of science, despite the potential impact and influence on future careers. We now have many new ways to contribute to science outside of the classical publishing model. These include the ability to annotate and curate data, to “publish” in new ways on blogs and micropublishing sites, and many of these activities can be as part of a growing crowdsourcing network. Our efforts in this area are already being indexed and exposed on the internet via our publications, presentations and data and increasingly we are being quantified. This presentation will provide an overview of the various types of networking and collaborative sites available to scientists and ways to expose their scientific activities online. Many of these can ultimately contribute to the developing metrics of a scientist as identified in the new world of alternative metrics. Participation 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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The Benefits of Participation in the Social Web of Science

  1. 1. The Benefits of Participation in the Social Web of Science Antony Williams Research Square October 30th 2014
  2. 2. My background… • From 1985-present day • PhD’ed in the UK • Canadian Government lab as postdoc • Academia as NMR Facility Manager • Fortune 500 Company as Technology Leader • Start-up – product manager and CSO • Consultant – chemistry informatics industry • Entrepreneur – Created “ChemSpider” • Publisher - Royal Society of Chemistry
  3. 3. My greatest contribution so far?
  4. 4. I am a set of statistics & profiles • My Blog: • Twitter: • ORCID: • Amazon Author Page: Follow Link to Author Page • My Klout: • LinkedIn: • SlideShare: • Google Scholar Citations Profile: Antony Williams Citations • Wikipedia :
  5. 5. My Brand: ChemConnector
  6. 6. Scientists measured by Impact
  7. 7. My New Interest? Teaching… My new interest…
  8. 8. Helping build profiles… • Can I help scientists have a greater impact? • Other thank providing access to scientific data how can I help? • Researchers focus on discovery but are measured by publications, funding and patents. • Tenure is a common goal - IMPACT matters • How will researchers achieve societal impact ?
  9. 9. Measuring Impact?
  10. 10. My Judgments… • Researchers do not work hard enough on sharing their research, teachings or data • Impact is more than “Published XX papers in YY journals with Impact Factors of ZZ” • The Metrics of Impact are changing • Collaboration is more necessary than ever • Platforms for sharing activities can result in broader exposure
  11. 11. Research Outputs • Blogs • Research datasets • Scientific software • Posters and presentations at conferences • Electronic theses and dissertations • Performances in film and audio • Lectures, online classes and teaching activities
  12. 12. The Alt-Metrics Manifesto
  13. 13. National Information Standards Organization and “Altmetrics”
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  15. 15. AltMetrics via Plum Analytics
  16. 16. Usage, Citations, Social Media
  17. 17. Detailed Usage Statistics
  18. 18. Ask a researcher these Qs… • How much work generating and analyzing data? • How much effort to represent your research – presentations, publications? • How long does it take to write a publication? • How much work/time for the peer review process? • Does anyone now argue against Open Access? • What about the future of Open Data?
  19. 19. Publications First… • Impact Factors DO still matter… • I want the BEST peer review process, with the highest chance of publication, in the fastest time, with the greatest exposure, and the highest impact factor (Research Square helps) • Increasingly important to consider for me… • Open Access/Open Data (funding aside!) • Article Level Metrics are VERY IMPORTANT • Post-publication annotation/enhancement • Supplementary Info Data handling
  20. 20. A shift to Openness
  21. 21. Open Data is here…
  22. 22. Article Level Metrics
  23. 23. Article Level Metrics
  24. 24. Article Level Metrics
  25. 25. POST-publication comments
  26. 26. Oops…
  27. 27. >2 Years to Resolution
  28. 28. Oxidation by Sodium Hydride?
  29. 29. The Blogosphere Analyzes…
  30. 30. The Blogosphere Analyzes…
  31. 31. POST-publication comments
  32. 32. POST-publication comments
  33. 33. What I try to teach now… • Scientists need to participate in building their own profile • Generally visibility means discoverability • Establish a public profile • Get on the record • Collaborative Science • Demonstrate a skill set • You are already quantified • Contribute to the public peer review process
  34. 34. LinkedIn
  35. 35. My Google Scholar Profile
  36. 36. Mendeley
  37. 37. Sharing your works online
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  40. 40. How I am Quantified…
  41. 41. How I am Quantified…
  42. 42. Participating in your profile
  43. 43. Kudos
  44. 44. Kudos
  45. 45. Kudos
  46. 46. Kudos and Forward Citations!
  47. 47. What will researchers change? • There will be less denial of the power of the network – and especially the platforms • Funding agencies are pushing hard to track impact – and Altmetrics are high on the list • Supervisors will encourage student participation for a cascaded impact • It won’t be just about the publications – data sharing and reuse, blogs, presentations • Hopefully sharing RESEARCH DATA
  48. 48. Research Square and ORCID?
  49. 49. Research Data
  50. 50. Micropublishing with Peer Review
  51. 51. Compounds
  52. 52. Reactions
  53. 53. Analytical data
  54. 54. Crystallography data
  55. 55. Publishing 10 years from now? • My hopes for publishing research: – Peer review will no longer be anonymous – Open Annotation and post-publication review available from every publisher – Access to “raw data” for interrogration, download and reuse is expected from SI data – Article Level Metrics will be the norm and Altmetrics measures of impact have settled – “Micropublishing” of unpublished results increased – Publications are not “dead” and can be extended..
  56. 56. Open Annotation accepted
  57. 57. Open Annotation
  58. 58. Thank you Email: ORCID: 0000-0002-2668-4821 Twitter: @ChemConnector Personal Blog: SLIDES: