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Science communication-graduate


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The following decks will be presented on 25 Jan 2017 to increase the understanding in dissemination and science communication, outside the the standard requirements, eg: journal article etc.

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Science communication-graduate

  1. 1. science communication for graduate students going beyond IF and Scopus index (v1.0) Dasapta Erwin Irawan 25 January 2016 Faculty of Earth Sciences and Technology, Institut Teknologi Bandung Event: Workshop ”Scicomm for grad students” Institut Teknologi Bandung
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  3. 3. about me • place/date of birth: Surabaya/17 April 1976 • education: Teknik Geologi ITB: S1 (’94-’98), S2 (’99-’01), S3 (’05-’09) • media: twitter @dasaptaerwin, facebook Dasapta Erwin Irawan 1
  4. 4. contents 1. introduction 2. graduate education 3. about those metrics 4. current state: legacy scientific media 5. future trend: open science 6. further readings 7. take home notes 2
  5. 5. introduction
  6. 6. my objective is to give you hints: • about what a grad education is • on how to be a grad student • on how to promote and disseminate your results 3
  7. 7. definitions scientific/scholarly communication according to Wikipedia • refers to public communication presenting science-related topics to non-experts. • aims to generate support for scientific research or study, or to inform decision making, including political and ethical thinking. • emphasizes on explaining methods and findings. 4
  8. 8. go to the following links for more explanations 1. Penerapan open science di Indonesia agar riset lebih terbuka, mudah diakses, dan meningkatkan dampak saintifik 2. Membuat data geosains lebih dapat dibagi (shareable) dan dirujuk (citeable) 3. proyek blog:,, 5
  9. 9. research cycle Figure 1: Research cycle (Research resources: Edinburgh Napier Univ. 6
  10. 10. graduate education
  11. 11. FAQ • research or course work program? and how long does it take? • what are the outputs? • how can we do course work and research both in 2 years (master) and PhD (3 years)? 7
  12. 12. the ”unfortunate” answers • type and duration: it’s a research program and the endorsed duration is two years for master and three years for PhD • outputs: thesis and publication • time management: you have to manage time to do both of them 8
  13. 13. the major components • course work (see the curriculum) • research work (based on selected major and topic) • writing, promoting and disseminating (the somewhat hardest part?) 9
  14. 14. how to write your results with the least effort: the don’ts • don’t wait until the last • don’t wait until you get the fixed outline • don’t start from page 1 10
  15. 15. how to write your results with the least effort: the dos • publish early • publish often • start with random thoughts • use various venues to write • own your research 11
  16. 16. publish early bare in mind that: • the main output of your master/PhD is thesis but it shouldn’t be your only output • you can even start it in your first semester, even when you don’t have any topic yet • start writing to harvest ideas from people, make a proposal, take note, review literature, etc 12
  17. 17. publish often • treat your manuscript as a live document • use version control • write more as you move to the next step 13
  18. 18. what you can expect from the grad school • guidelines to write proposal, thesis, paper, etc • institutional website to promote your research • research support (grant, sponsorship, etc) 14
  19. 19. the venues to promote and disseminate your results • blogs: personal or institutions • social media: twitter is recommended to harvest ideas and new development and FB is recommended to share your results • seminar: private initiatives or start a study group 15
  20. 20. start with random thoughts • our brain works in random mode many times and we tend to ignore it • ideas need to be harvested, discussed, and formulated (independently or with your supervisor/s) • you need to make a selection criteria to filter the ideas, (eg: limited time duration to finish master or PhD), cost feasibility, needed skills (eg: programming, math, etc) 16
  21. 21. about those metrics
  22. 22. research cycle Figure 2: Research cycle (Research resources: Edinburgh Napier Univ. 17
  23. 23. so what is impact factor and why is it important? The journal Impact Factor is the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past two years have been cited in the JCR year. The Impact Factor is calculated by dividing the number of citations in the JCR year by the total number of articles published in the two previous years. (Thomson Reuters: Web of Science) 18
  24. 24. so what is impact factor and why is it important? Hence IF reflects: • age: the operational period of the medium (journal) • visibility: meaning older journals are read by more people than younger journals • recognition: meaning more citations 19
  25. 25. • is it important? some would say yes • does it apply to all of us? definitely no 19
  26. 26. my citation index/H-index is high, what is good about it? CI reflects: • age: old articles have higher chance to get more citations than recent ones, • contextual: articles match with certain issues will attract more readers, • closed-calculation: CI is calculated based on articles which are published in journals that include in the WoS indexing database. 20
  27. 27. • is it important? some would say yes • does it apply to all of us? definitely NO 20
  28. 28. indexed by Scopus is important, why? Indexed by Scopus means: • journal/conference registration by journal/conference editorial, • selection by Scopus team based on Scopus criteria, • recognition (to some parties). 21
  29. 29. • is it important? to some extent yes • does it apply to all of us? definitely NO 21
  30. 30. current state: legacy scientific media
  31. 31. characteristics legacy scientific media characteristics Closed-system: readers (and even authors) have to be subscribed! • closed data (electronic supplementary data services are available with fee), • blind peer-review (pre publication) • closed-loop distribution, copyright transfer agreement 22
  32. 32. example Just go to Elsevier 23
  33. 33. future trend: open science
  34. 34. charactistics open science components FOSTER 2015 • open data • open methods (to endorse reproducibility and replicability) • (using) open source software • open access to research outputs • open peer-review (pre or post publication) 24
  35. 35. example • PLOS • F1000Research • RIO journal • ScienceOpen • The Winnower • HESS • Nature Communications • etc more and more: go to DOAJ for more list 25
  36. 36. about that open access thingy Figure 3: The development of open access Wikipedia/Open Access 26
  37. 37. about that open access thingy Figure 4: Number of self-archiving repositories and records Wikipedia/Registry of Open Access Repositories 27
  38. 38. about that open access thingy Figure 5: Journal APC vs reputation Price doesn’t always buy prestige in open access 28
  39. 39. about that open access thingy Figure 6: Journal’s APC vs IF Busting the top five myths about open access publishing 29
  40. 40. my example: what I am starting to do and keeping it as habit • stage 1: research proposal • stage 2: research implementation • stage 3: report writing and publications • stage 4: dissemination • stage 5: data set management 30
  41. 41. stage 1: research proposal • write and publish your proposal to invite comments and (who knows) a funder (eg: on RIOJournal), • make a literature review paper as the basis of the proposal, and publish it, • uploads preliminary data set in accessible repository. 31
  42. 42. stage 2: research implementation • blog about it, • using Open Science Framework, make a Wiki page, • publish a short communication or Early Research Outcome (eg on RIOJournal) 32
  43. 43. stage 3: report writing and publications • make a report and upload it along with the data set to accessible repository (eg: Figshare, Zenodo, or OSF) or self archiving system, • cite the repository in your papers, • post the repository on socmed (read How and why I use blogging). 33
  44. 44. stage 3: report writing and publications • Where to publish? • How much does it cost? • Do we still have rights? • open access vs conventional/legacy journals. • problem with open access: article publishing cost • problem with legacy journals: copyright transfer agreement 34
  45. 45. stage 4: dissemination • it’s about how to increase impact: via online visibility • what are the tools? You can try: ImpactStory or GrowKudos • how much does it cost? Connection cost only 35
  46. 46. stage 4: dissemination • go to conferences • maintain a social media and promote your results: Twitter, Facebook, RG, Academia, Growkudos • snail (e)mail to colleagues, use signatures (insert ORCID or Google Scholar Site). 36
  47. 47. scientific social media vs open access space • is RG/Academia an open access space? • answer: no, they’re socmeds • they offers archiving facilities in return of selling ads. 37
  48. 48. stage 5: data set management • make it accessible. Read: Making Datasets Visible and Accessible: DataCite’s First Summer Meeting and Making open data accessible to data science beginners) • use general and public formats (eg: odt, csv, etc). Read: Membuat Data Geosains Dapat Didata dan Dirujuk. • use DOI. 38
  49. 49. further readings
  50. 50. further readings A curated list of readings are also available on my Zenodo repository • Tennant, J., 2016, The open citation index, Blog Science Open. • Pevatolo, M.C., 2016, Private spaces, public science? Open access and academic social media, • Kim, H., 2015, How to index journal in Scopus and WoS, (Zenodo repo) • Broch, E., 2011, Journal Impact factors: what they mean, what they don’t mean, and why you should care, Princeton blogs (Zenodo repo) 39
  51. 51. further readings • The Conversations: Busting the top five myths about open access publishing • Nature: Price doesn’t always buy prestige in open access • Wikipedia/Registry of Open Access Repositories • Wikipedia/Open Access • How and why I use blogging • more readings online. 40
  52. 52. take home notes
  53. 53. take home notes science is about: 1. honesty in researching the problem 2. bravery in publishing the results 3. big heart in getting feedback 41
  54. 54. Pilihan di tangan kita. • Apakah akan menjadi mahasiswa pasca sarjana yang tertutup atau terbuka. • Apakah kita akan menjalin jejaring luas atau puas dalam ’tempurung’ saja. • dan Apakah menjadi makhluk yang mensyukuri nikmat dan tidak kikir membagi ilmu atau sebaliknya. 42
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