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Web-based Tools for Promoting Yourself and Your Research


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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 provides 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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Web-based Tools for Promoting Yourself and Your Research

  1. 1. Web-based Tools for Promoting Yourself and Your Research Antony Williams NCSU October 2015 ORCID ID:0000-0002-2668-4821
  2. 2. My Hopes for Today • Encourage you in the “era of participation” • Provide an overview of tools available • Encourage you to participate and take control of your online profile OUTCOMES • You will claim an ORCiD • You will invest >1 hour per month in maintaining your online profile • Convince you there are various ways to “publish” • If you publish you will advertise your paper(s)!
  3. 3. Scientists measured by Impact
  4. 4. How to Measure Impact
  5. 5. 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, collaborators and colleagues “review you” online • The “weight” of your CV is important • What you have done indicates interests, skills and experience
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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 to catch-up! • 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??
  8. 8. Open Researcher & Contributor ID
  9. 9. Here’s why they are useful…
  10. 10. Here’s why they are useful… • Increasingly requested: • Publications • Grant Applications • Data depositions
  11. 11. Wonderful Profile…
  12. 12. Branding: I am ChemConnector
  13. 13. My primary CV is on my blog
  14. 14. My primary CV is on my blog
  15. 15. My primary CV is on my blog
  16. 16. 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 • I manage them ALL through About.Me
  17. 17. 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. • Professional relationships rather than just friendships. • FaceBook is for friends and family
  18. 18. LinkedIn
  19. 19. My Career Captured…
  20. 20. And “Endorsements”
  21. 21. Highlight “Projects”
  22. 22. Manage Articles Here Too.
  23. 23. …and presentations
  24. 24. My Google Scholar Profile
  25. 25. “I don’t have any publications” • This is YOUR choice! Conference Abstracts.. • You produce reports, presentations and posters during your studies – share them if policy allows it!
  26. 26. Sharing your works online
  27. 27. Slideshare – Highly Accessed
  28. 28. Slideshare – EXPANDED Audience
  29. 29. Fast Network Communication
  30. 30. Slideshare – NOT Just Slides
  31. 31. Other Platforms • There are other platforms of course… • Vimeo • YouTube • ResearchGate • Academia • Figshare • Many others
  32. 32. ResearchGate
  33. 33. ResearchGate
  34. 34. A good way to Create a CV also
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  36. 36. 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.
  37. 37. Slideshare - Analytics
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  40. 40. ResearchGate
  41. 41. Emails They Send You
  42. 42. Alt-Metrics Manifesto (Papers)
  43. 43. National Information Standards Organization and “Altmetrics”
  44. 44. And into the AltMetrics World
  45. 45. AltMetrics via Plum Analytics
  46. 46. Usage, Citations, Social Media
  47. 47. Detailed Usage Statistics
  48. 48. Get Credit for Reviewing Papers
  49. 49. How to Manage ALL Profiles?
  50. 50. List All Profiles in One Place
  51. 51. “Advertise” your 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
  52. 52. Kudos Enhance the Article
  53. 53. Explain
  54. 54. Enrich
  55. 55. 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?
  56. 56. 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”
  57. 57. 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…
  58. 58. I recommend… • Register for an ORCID ID – then use it • Develop your LinkedIn profile • Publish to Slideshare • Track Google Scholar Citations (for now) • Choose: ResearchGate or • Set up an About.ME page to link everything • Participate in building your profile
  59. 59. Thank you ORCID: 0000-0002-2668-4821 Twitter: @ChemConnector Personal Blog: SLIDES: