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Research Outputs & Impact in the Digital Environment


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Presentation for the SoRAD (Social Research network on alcohol and drugs). Stockholm 14-15 June, 2012.

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Research Outputs & Impact in the Digital Environment

  1. 1. Research outputs &impact in the digitalenvironment:opportunities and challenges for thesocial researcherCaroline SuttonPublisher, Co-Action PublishingPresident, Open Access Scholarly Publisher’s Association(OASPA) SoRAD meeting 14-15 June 2012, Stockholm
  2. 2. A bit about Co-Action Publishing Established as Swedish limited liability company in 2007 by three former executives from academic publishing industry Founding Member Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, OASPA, current President Publish journals across disciplines, including Social Sciences and the Humanities, but primarily medicine 30 fully-open access journals currently in portfolio
  3. 3. www.ijqhw.netwww.vulnerablegroupsandinclusion.netLooking for a guest editor for a thematiccluster on Recovering drug addicts andinclusion.
  4. 4. Image by Bernd Sauerwein, accessed via Wikimedia,
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  6. 6. OPEN ACCESS= Free Access + Re-use
  7. 7. Creative CommonsLicenses Most common:  Attribution 3.0 (CCBY or CCAL)  Attribution- Noncommercial 3.0 (CCBY-NC) 8/16/2012
  8. 8. Universe of a Subscription Journal Researchers Access only for those who have a subscription – for Food & Nutrition Research, approx. 700-800 (majority society members) Corporate Biotech Food Producers Nutraceuticals, Gene mod techniques, (Nestlé, Unilever, Kraft) Additives 8/16/2012
  9. 9. Universe of the OA Journal Researchers from Researchers related fieldsHealthcare Workers – esp Physicians & Nutritionists Nutrition advocates Related professions General citizens interested in their Industries own nutrition with links Corporate Biotech Food ProducersNutraceuticals, Gene mod techniques, (Nestlé, Unilever, Kraft) Additives Print and online magazines Pharmaceutical Co Gov’t agencies &(e.g. Novartis Medical Nutrition) policy-makers 8/16/2012
  10. 10. Usage IncreasedDuring first six months: Over 42 000 full text article requests Over 32 000 full pages viewed by over 6 000 different visitors to the websiteVisitors were from 120 different countries while subscriptions had been from 14 countriesAfter three years: 5-6000 visitors per month 10 000- 17000 downloads per month Visitors from 190 countries, with the US accounting for 20% of traffic. Submissions are up, citations are up (Unofficial impact calculation: 2.708) Over 2900 members on LinkedIn, over 1000 registered readers.
  11. 11. Understanding knowledge as a network (vs. property) Knowledge as an infrastructure”A social network diagram”, Screenshot takenby Darwin Peacock, accessed throughWikimedia; distributed under a CCL 3.0.
  12. 12. Think ’Google’, Think ’Max Strategy’ Publisher’s platform Ebsco DOAJ Institutional or subject-based repository, or both Author’s website Mendeley +/or other reference management systems PDF/link sent to colleagues Metadata And lots of other places!
  13. 13. Permanent Identifiers toReduce AmbiguityDOIs (open URLs) for articles, data sets, other outputs.CrossRefwww.crossref.orgDigital Author Identifiers:ORCID: Open Researcher & Contributor ID information as metadata at time of submission
  14. 14. Understanding impact intoday’s world Academic impact Economic and societal impact Instrumental Conceptual Capacity building Can the Impact Factor measure this?
  15. 15. Article level metrics
  16. 16. Article level
  17. 17. Social bookmarking
  18. 18. Mega journals challenge pre-publication assessment
  19. 19. In a nutshell….1. How your research and its impact are evaluated today will not be the same in five years time.2. What are good indicators of impact (along the various dimensions that have been defined)? What can we measure? What should we be measuring?3. How should we be measuring them? What do they mean?4. Measurements in future will allow for greater granularity.5. In the meantime, what kind of strategy should you follow to ensure impact?
  20. 20. THANK YOU!