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Cput nrf assessment talk 2015

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How to structure a South Africa National Research Foundation assessment document

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Cput nrf assessment talk 2015

  1. 1. The NRF and Me
  2. 2. The Dreaded Rating Give the best account of your career that you can – EMPHASISING YOUR LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION eg: In this evaluation cycle, then, I have established both an excellent infrastructure and solid expertise in a variety of vaccine protein expression systems as well as in crop plant biotechnology, which has recently enabled us to source funding from the European Union (FP6 and FP7 awards), as well as from international companies (Era Biotech, Spain; Pannar Ltd).
  3. 3. Publications: Put EVERYTHING in, and EMPHASISE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS CLEARLY AND SUCCINCTLY: • GRANT OWNERSHIP • STUDENT SUPERVISION • OWN RESEARCH • WRITING • SUBMISSION – • AND PUT CITATIONS IN AND IMPACT FACTOR OF JOURNAL!
  4. 4. Conferences / Invited Talks This where you show local / international recognition: Plenary lectures Invited talks Published abstracts Conference talks / posters
  5. 5. Other outputs:
  6. 6. Best outputs: a chance to shine Make sure you use the space given TO REALLY SAY WHY THIS WAS GOOD: eg This article established that, unlike previous investigations, it was possible to get high-level expression of HPV-16 L1 protein via transient expression in plants, that it assembled into VLPs, and that it elicited neutralising antibodies in mice. It has been cited 34 times, but also formed the basis for a patent application which is being licenced to a major international company.
  7. 7. Completed Research SAY WHAT IT IS YOU’VE DONE: SUCCINCTLY explain your research EMPHASISE your contribution HIGHLIGHT collaborations Put in too-late-for-assessment publications
  8. 8. Self Assessment: BYOD BE HONEST BUT NOT MODEST: TELL people why you’re good ESPECIALLY highlight local and/or international impact Summarise YOUR advancement of your field
  9. 9. Ongoing / Planned Research • Briefly detail what it is you’re doing right now • Go into more detail on what you concretely plan to do: • Eg: Thus, in the next six years we will start working on producing reagent- and diagnostically- important proteins for immediate commercialisation, as well as continuing work on emerging and pandemic flu vaccines as emergency response candidates. Both endeavours are contingent upon support presently being negotiated (one from an international funder); however, if successful, both activities are guaranteed for at least two years. Reagent production is the subject of a pending application to the Tech & Innov Agency (TIA); success would allow stability for 5 years. • An exciting new project possibility is working on fish diseases, and vaccines and reagents for prophylaxis and diagnosis and therapy of these: a pending funding proposal for this is based on metagenomic analysis of farmed fish stocks and their environment for potential and actual pathogens, trawling antibody libraries for reagents, and making vaccines in plants and algae.
  10. 10. Reviewers DON’T USE: - Friends or colleagues - Exclusively local people DO USE: - Respected international authorities - Appropriate international peers - Good (ie: respected) locals
  11. 11. Intermission
  12. 12. How Auto-Googling Can Help You Or: Citation Metrics for Self- Advancement
  13. 13. Autogoogling: needs some setting up
  14. 14. Autogoogling 2 To start with: • Need a Gmail address for sign-in • Need to train GSC as to which are your papers What you can do: • Immediately see your Hirsch or h-index* (which is usually significantly higher than the Scopus or ISI measure) • See your 5-year h-index&, which is a good measure or your (or other person's) recent impact *h-index is the largest number h such that h publications have at least h citations & largest number h such that h publications have at least h new citations in the last 5 years.
  15. 15. Useful Google Scholar tricks
  16. 16. Thanks AJ Cann!
  17. 17. Harzing’s P or P Publish or Perish is a software program that retrieves and analyzes academic citations. It uses Google Scholar to obtain the raw citations, then analyzes these for: • Total number of papers • Total number of citations • Average number of citations per paper • Average number of citations per author • Average number of papers per author • Average number of citations per year • Hirsch's h-index and related parameters • Egghe's g-index • The contemporary h-index • The age-weighted citation rate • Two variations of individual h-indices • An analysis of the number of authors per paper. The results are available on-screen and can also be copied to the Windows clipboard (for pasting into other applications) or saved Training resources A 15-minute audio & slide presentation on citation analysis and Publish or Perish can be found on Slideshare. Google Scholar / H or H might be best for: • Business, Administration, Finance & Economics; • Engineering, Computer Science & Mathematics; • Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities.
  18. 18. ISI Web of Knowledge / Web of Science
  19. 19. Elsevier's Scopus
  20. 20. Getting in with Scopus Note: VERY useful for future searches
  21. 21. Scopus corresponds with Google Scholar citations for papers
  22. 22. How Use of Social Media Can Help You for Self-Advancement in Research
  23. 23. Why would you want to use social media? Online Visibility Helps Track and Improve Scientific Metrics • Evidence suggests that an active online presence may directly impact a researcher's credentials as measured through traditional metrics. • One UK researcher observed that tweeting and blogging about her own papers led to spikes in the number of article downloads, even for older literature. • For articles deposited in the preprint server arXiv, Twitter mentions were positively correlated with rapid article downloads and citations appearing only months after deposition
  24. 24. Why would you want to use social media? Social Media Enhances Professional Networking • Online discussions can lead to tangible, real- world social interactions. • Conversations on Twitter can serve as an icebreaker once two people finally meet in a conference or workshop setting. • Tweeting from conferences can introduce other scientists to valuable content, and consequently provide networking opportunities for users who actively post during meetings.
  25. 25. Advice for New Users In academia, there is often a particular stigma attached to online activities: actively maintaining an online profile and participating in social media discussions can be seen as a waste of time and a distraction from research and teaching duties. However, when used in a targeted and streamlined manner, social media tools can complement and enhance a researcher's career. When exploring online tools for the first time, new users can maximize their reach by considering the following points
  26. 26. Advice for New Users - 1 Explore online guides to social media • The Superfund program at Oregon State University maintains an exhaustive list of resources (blog articles, videos, how-to guides) focused on science and social media: http://bit.ly/WkdN0G.
  27. 27. Advice for New Users - 2 Establish a professional-looking website • To establish an online presence, set up a personal website that lays out specific research projects and areas of expertise, searchable by colleagues, journalists, and the public alike. • Although professional websites can be established through UCT, external hosts (eg: wordpress.com) offer more flexibility and are easier to access and maintain – and can be linked out to from UCT. • A website can be supplemented with social media accounts (e.g., Twitter and Google+ profiles), which will also appear high in Google search results. • Eg: Scoop.it allows you to create a magazine-like site for daily updates
  28. 28. Advice for New Users - 3 Locate pertinent online conversations • Find people with common interests; follow the social media that they link to and that links to them. • Use established social networks (e.g., a base of Twitter or LinkedIn or ResearchGate contacts) or a means of notification (RSS feeds etc) to get started. • It can be beneficial to read first without contributing (“lurking”) to learn logistics and basic etiquette of different social media platforms.
  29. 29. Advice for New Users - 4 Establish a LinkedIn, Academia.edu and/or ResearchGate profile: this • Increases your global findability • Increases your professional exposure • Allows you to upload material for others to read

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