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Education Department ‘Doc Week’
Rhodes University, South Africa.
© Fiona Still-Drewett, Rhode University Library, March 20...
 Internet embedded
in the everyday
 How can social
media increase
research impact
and reach?
 Can social media
help gro...
 Engaging with the users “It’s crucial to note that our
upcoming wave of library patrons – students,
colleagues, and staf...
 Web 2.0 is not a technology, it is an attitude
(O’Reilly 2005)
 Web 2.0 about providing users with the
means for produc...
Which to use? How familiar are you with them?
 Twitter : ‘now happening’ research
 Google Scholar : profile & citations
...
To Do:
 Follow high profile
researchers in your
field
 Follow associations,
publishers,
libraries…
 Alert RUL to new
pu...
 “Naturally, in the
digital age, it’s
important for
researchers to have
profiles and be
associated with their
work. Fundi...
ORCID
Non-profit: independent,
community driven
Google
Scholar
Search: Google
Researcher
ID
Publisher: Thomson
Reuters
Sco...
 Can make your profile public so appears in
Google Scholar search results
 Can track your citations
 Manual or auto upd...
 Institutional research repositories
e.g. Rhodes Digital Commons
(via Quick Links on RUL homepage)
 provides open access...
 Academics' online presence: a four-step guide
to taking control of your visibility
(open UCT guide by Sarah Goodier and ...
 Author ID: select name format & stick to it!
(prevents author ambiguity)
 Create a Google Scholar citation profile, a
R...
Enhances research impact via
application of the research, grows citation
counts, extends global reach, & facilitates
colle...
 Goodier, S. & Czerniewicz, L. (2014) Academics’ online presence [Online] 2014.
OpenUCT Guide. Available from: Available ...
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Helping early researchers harness social media to support and further their own research. Rhodes University Education Department 'Doc' Week 2016

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Using social media to support, develop and enhance your research

  1. 1. Education Department ‘Doc Week’ Rhodes University, South Africa. © Fiona Still-Drewett, Rhode University Library, March 2016
  2. 2.  Internet embedded in the everyday  How can social media increase research impact and reach?  Can social media help grow your academic career? Pic from Taylor & Francis white paper, Oct 2014
  3. 3.  Engaging with the users “It’s crucial to note that our upcoming wave of library patrons – students, colleagues, and staff – will be from this generation who are technologically sophisticated, well-connected on the social web, entrepreneurial, and oftentimes, impatient.”  Content management “We need to dive in on the teaching front – students are taking on the role as educators.”  Changing technology “It is difficult to predict where it goes. So many applications … Social media is becoming the primary means for communication.” Taylor & Francis White Paper, Oct 2014
  4. 4.  Web 2.0 is not a technology, it is an attitude (O’Reilly 2005)  Web 2.0 about providing users with the means for producing and distributing content  Typical Web 2.0 qualities: dynamic, participatory, engaged, interoperable, user- centred, open, collectively intelligent… (Muster & Murphie 2009)
  5. 5. Which to use? How familiar are you with them?  Twitter : ‘now happening’ research  Google Scholar : profile & citations  Blogs : news, research & events  Academia.edu /ResearcherID: profiles & academic networking & collaboration  Facebook : invitation only groups ~ subject focus  LinkedIn : job hunting Etc.
  6. 6. To Do:  Follow high profile researchers in your field  Follow associations, publishers, libraries…  Alert RUL to new publications Contact your Principal Faculty Librarian Value of:  Stay up to date with very latest research  Time efficient – via links of interest  Useful in conference settings @RhodesResearch #RUCHERTL
  7. 7.  “Naturally, in the digital age, it’s important for researchers to have profiles and be associated with their work. Funding, citations and lots of other good career advancing benefits flow from this”  “beneficial to showcase a broad range of output, so blogs, slide presentations, peer-reviewed publications, conference posters etc.”  Elizabeth Allen Sep 2014  From the ScienceOpen.com blog
  8. 8. ORCID Non-profit: independent, community driven Google Scholar Search: Google Researcher ID Publisher: Thomson Reuters Scopus Author ID Publisher: Elsevier Mendeley Publisher: Elsevier Academia. edu Researcher Network: Academia.edu ResearchG ate Researcher Network: ResearchGate From ScienceOpen.com blog Why ORCID? From ORCID.COM ORCID is a unique, persistent personal identifier a researcher uses as they publish, submit grants, upload datasets that connects them to information on other systems. Ten things you need to know about ORCID right now From Impactstory blog
  9. 9.  Can make your profile public so appears in Google Scholar search results  Can track your citations  Manual or auto updates  Gives ‘fuller’ picture  http://0-scholar.google.co.za.wam.seals.ac.za/  e.g. Prof. Sioux Mckenna, CHERTL, RU
  10. 10.  Institutional research repositories e.g. Rhodes Digital Commons (via Quick Links on RUL homepage)  provides open access to RU research output  creates global visibility for research  store and preserve digital assets eg theses
  11. 11.  Academics' online presence: a four-step guide to taking control of your visibility (open UCT guide by Sarah Goodier and Laura Czerniewic)  Assess yourself: search for yourself and check your impact  Your profile as an individual: keep all profiles up to date  Improving the availability of your outputs: self archive & share what you can  Communicating and interacting: connect & interact online http://hdl.handle.net/11427/2652
  12. 12.  Author ID: select name format & stick to it! (prevents author ambiguity)  Create a Google Scholar citation profile, a Researcher ID profile, and an ORCID id  Participate in the research landscape: blogs, twitter..  Deposit all research output on your institution’s repository - Rhodes Digital Commons
  13. 13. Enhances research impact via application of the research, grows citation counts, extends global reach, & facilitates collegial collaboration Thus helps to develop one’s academic/research career, Contributes to institutional research output, & Grows funds for research & higher education in South Africa Thank you for your attention !
  14. 14.  Goodier, S. & Czerniewicz, L. (2014) Academics’ online presence [Online] 2014. OpenUCT Guide. Available from: Available at: http://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/2652 . [Accessed: 16th January 2015]  HINTON, S. & HJORTH, L. (2013) Understanding Social Media. London: Sage Publications  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institutional_repository  http://www.nature.com/news/online-collaboration-scientists-and-the-social-network- 1.15711  http://blog.scienceopen.com/category/profiles/  http://orcid.org/  http://blog.impactstory.org/ten-things-you-need-to-know-about-orcid-right-now/  http://contentpro.seals.ac.za/iii/cpro/app  http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/access/white-paper-social-media.pdf  RUL Science & Pharmacy Blog http://rulscipharm.blogspot.com/2014/09/researcher-profiles-which-one-to-use.html  For Google Scholar Profile info http://0-scholar.google.co.za.wam.seals.ac.za/intl/en/scholar/citations.html

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