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Publishing with impact


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Presentation at 3rd PhD Forum of the Leibniz Association’s Section B. Halle (Saale), Germany. July 4, 2014.

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Publishing with impact

  1. 1. Publishing with Impact (Including 6+1 practical lessons) Dr. Katrin Weller GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences Data Archive for the Social Sciences Unter Sachsenhausen 6 -8, 50667 Köln @kwelle Thanks to Prof. Dr. Isabella Peters (ZBW Kiel) for parts of this presentation!
  2. 2. Impact? Be known in your research field! • Benefits for – Job appointments – Tenure – Grant proposals – Invited talks – Invitations for programme committees, guest editorials etc.
  3. 3. Lessons from Bibliometrics
  4. 4. Publications & citations The “currency” of scholarly communication • Publication as output indicator (activity) • Citation as indicator of impact (influencing other researchers)
  5. 5. Databases for bibliometrics • Web of Science (WoS, also ISI Web of Knowledge) • Scopus • (Google Scholar
  6. 6. Who get‘s cited? Lawrence, S. (2001). Free online availability substantially increases a paper's impact. Nature, 411(6837), 521 Piwowar, H. A., Day, R. S., & Fridsma, D. B. (2007). Sharing detailed research data is associated with increased citation rate. PLoS ONE, 2(3): e308. Eysenbach, G. (2006). Citation advantage of open access articles. PLoS Biol 4:e157. 157% free+ online print-only 69% data not published data available 157% open access paywall 42% Thanks to I. Peters
  7. 7. Key metrics I Journal Impact Factor • Indicator for journals (not papers or single researchers) • Helps to compare quality of journals • Measures how many of a journals‘ publication get cited in a certain time frame • By ISI (now Thompson Reuters)
  8. 8. Key metrics II h-Index • Measures productivity and impact of authors. • If an author has a h-index of 5 he/she has five publications with at least five citations each.
  9. 9. Lesson 1 Know your top journals (or conferences)!
  10. 10. Identifying top journals or conferences • Ask colleagues • Look up journal impact factors (Web of Science)
  11. 11. Identifying top journals or conferences For your research topic: 1. Go to a reference database such as Scopus or Web of Science 2. Select key search terms 3. Rank results by citations and look at the sources of papers with the highest citation rates 4. Group by source and look at frequent journals
  12. 12. Identifying top journals or conferences 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 Information Communication and Society Public Relations Review Econtent Profesional De La Informacion Proceedings of the Asist Annual Meeting New Media and Society First Monday Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences 18th Americas Conference on Information Systems… Cutting Edge Technologies in Higher Education Example: Searched for „social media“ on Scopus, limited results to social science publications, checked most frequent sources
  13. 13. Lesson 2 Balance your activities • High level journals + conferences + open access + other (e.g. blogs) • Single author articles + collaborations
  14. 14. Visibility
  15. 15. Challenges for bibliometrics • Author names (disambiguation, frequent names) • Non-standard formats • Interdisciplinary differences • Citations are slow  Care for your visibility!
  16. 16. Lesson 3 Make your work accessible!
  17. 17. Make your work accessible Enable access to papers, presentation and data: • First step: own website with complete list of publications, links to online articles. Extras: self-archiving, export BibTex or other reference formats, buttons for sharing. • Use existing repositories, e.g.: • (  multidisciplinary, focus on natural science, physics, computer science • SSNR (  multidisziplinary, focus on social sciences and humanities • Data repositories • Datorium (  focus social sciences • DataCite (  persistent identifiers for data • Radar (  beta • Databib (  overview on existing data repositories Thanks to I. Peters
  18. 18. Lesson 4 Care for your profile pages on important platforms!
  19. 19. Google Scholar • Coverage of Google Scholar • Journal papers, conference papers, technical reports, whitepapers, drafts, dissertations, preprints, (teaching material) • All disciplines • Google Scholar Citations • Scholars‘ profiles with publications and citations. • Own citation index • Export functions: BibTex and csv • Computes h-index (and h10-index) Thanks to I. Peters
  20. 20. Google Scholar Google Scholar Citation Profile • • Needed: google account plus university‘s email address. • Profiles may be public or private. • Google crawls publication and citation information from websites. • First step: clean up your profile page, e.g. remove duplicates, remove mismatches, add publications, check bibliographic data. • Track new publications and citations (email alert). • Missing citations cannot be added manually. Thanks to I. Peters
  21. 21. Thanks to I. Peters Publications Citations Co-authors Author level metrics
  22. 22. Google Scholar Where are my publications? • Google can only include publications under these conditions: • link from a website to a separate website with abstract or PDF • PDF should include titel, authors and references • Documents must be less than 5 Mb • Website must allow crawling (no „no-robots.txt“) • Each publication must have its own website as a pointer Thanks to I. Peters
  23. 23. Where are my publications? Thanks to I. Peters
  24. 24. Scopus • Often used for bibliometrics • Only selected sources • Access fees
  25. 25. • Author Identifier = unique authorID – Combines publications for one author – Combines spelling variants of authors‘ names, e.g. • Lewis, M • Lewis, M.J • Lewis, Michael – Remove authors with the same name • Scopus algorithm based on institution, address, publication sources, citations, co-authros, discipline …  Manual checks and updates recommended! Scopus Thanks to I. Peters
  26. 26. Scopus affiliation Name variations Names Thanks to I. Peters
  27. 27. Publications Scopus publications Add publications Thanks to I. Peters
  28. 28. Lesson 5 Experiment with alternative plattforms
  29. 29. Mendeley • Online reference management + academic social network • Bought by Elsevier • Free to use • Profiles are index by search engines (Google) • For all disciplines Thanks to I. Peters
  30. 30. Alternatives • ResearchGate ( • ( • GetCited (  Upload free-to-read articles • Social Bookmarking Systeme • BibSonomy ( • CiteULike ( • Delicious ( • Netzwerke • Xing ( • Linked-In ( Thanks to I. Peters
  31. 31. Alternatives • Publish presentation slides online • • • Have your own blog • • Publish videos • • Share your thoughts • Thanks to I. Peters
  32. 32. Summary • Automatic detection of publications and citations can include errors. • It‘s worth checking and cleaning your profiles! • Also help the crawlers by using a single spelling variant of your own name. • Subscribe to auto updates, eg. to see who is citing your work. • Enable access to your publications and start with your own homepage.
  33. 33. Lesson 6 Love what you do!
  34. 34. + 1 last lesson for professors It‘s not all about the numbers!
  35. 35. Greetings from Cologne!
  36. 36. Dr. Katrin Weller @kwelle Slides are available: