How to measure scholarly impact with a donut

You already log in when you search the library catalogue on campus, but from Wednesday 21 June you’ll also need to log in when you search off-campus.

Why? Because we have some cool new features that only Griffith folk can see. Donuts. That’s right, our library catalogue now displays an Altmetric donut to highlight the impact and popularity of publications.

Hover over the donut to explore online shares, comments and discussion relating to publications.

Altmetric tracks:

  • influence on or use in public policy documents
  • mentions in news articles, blogs and YouTube
  • online reference managers such as Mendeley
  • social media shares, likes and engagement on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • citations in Wikipedia
  • and more.

Altmetric begins collating the online mentions and shares of your research as soon as it’s published. So you can get timely feedback on impact and engagement long before any citation data becomes available.

We also display traditional metrics including citation counts from Web of Science and Scopus.

You can use these features to measure the scholarly research impact of your own publications, follow a trail of research forward in time, or to identify seminal works.

For more tips on measuring scholarly impact, check out Module 11 of our Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules. Read the rest of this entry »

Protect yourself from publishing scams

publishingscam_squareHaving your papers published in quality journals is important for your research profile and building your academic career.

But academics are being exploited by ‘predatory publishers’ warned ABC’s Background Briefing Journalist, Hagar Cohen in August.

‘Predatory publishers are exploiting academics by getting them to pay fees—sometimes thousands of dollars—to publish their papers in low-grade journals, alongside anything from harmful junk science to flat out dangerous ideas,’ he said. Read the full Background Briefing article.

How can you protect yourself from publishing scams? Here are some helpful tips:

  • Read articles published by the journal and assess quality
  • Obtain details about the editorial board. Is it made up of recognised experts with full affiliations?
  • Check a reputable directory such as IE Ulrichs or Directory of Open Access Journals to see if the publication is listed
  • Consult Bealls List. Academic librarian, Jeffrey Beall, compiles a list of ‘questionable open-access publishers reported to have dubious practices’. Go to the Scholarly Open Access website and click List of Publishers.
  • Ask your colleagues and discipline librarian about the publication and look at indicators of journal impact.
  • Have a look at the Griffith University Library Get Published Research Guide
  • Learn more about academic publishing. Library and Learning Services offers a series of workshops targeted to support Academics and Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates along all stages of the research life cycle. Book into the Publishing your research: an introduction It will provide you with information on how to target strategic journals and provide an overview of both the traditional and non-traditional ways to get published.
  • Choose the journals you wish to submit to. Don’t respond to unsolicited emails.

This piece has been adapted from an article written by Roxanne Missingham. How researchers can protect themselves from publishing and conference scams (2015) Australasian Open Access Support Group.

Writing for academic journals

academicwriting_rectangleWriting for publication is a daunting and time-consuming task for many academics. And yet the pressure for academics to publish has never been greater.

Author Rowena Murray demystifies the process of writing academic papers in her book Writing for Academic Journals. The book provides practical advice for overcoming common obstacles such as finding a topic, targeting journals, and finding the time to write.

Murray also offers strategies for good academic writing and advice on how to use social media to promote your publications.

Writing for Academic Journals is available as an eBook in the EBL EBook LibraryEBL Ebook Library offers eBooks across a broad range of subject areas, such as business, information technology, education, engineering, fine arts and science.

There are also other helpful books on academic writing in the EBL Ebook Library. Take a look!

Writing For Academic Journals
Rowena Murray
McGraw Hill Education 2013
Click here to access

This book unravels the process of writing academic papers. It tells readers what good papers look like and how they can be written.

Scientific Writing: Easy When You Know How
Jennifer Peat et al
Wiley 2013
Click here to access

This comprehensive and practical book covers the basics of grammar as well as issues such as writing a grant application and selling to your potential audience.

Writing for Peer Reviewed Journals: Strategies for getting published
Pat Thomson and Barbara Kamler
Taylor and Francis 2012
Click here to access

It’s not easy getting published, but everyone has to do it. Writing for Peer Reviewed Journals presents an insider’s perspective on the secret business of academic publishing, making explicit many of the dilemmas and struggles faced by all writers, but rarely discussed.

New HDR Seminars

A new series of seminars for Higher Degree Candidates is being offered by Information Services in 2015.  An example of the topics are:

  • Research like an expert
  • How your networks and sharing can maximise your impact
  • Track, measure and demonstrate Impact
  • Data Management
  • Managing References and sources
  • Organising and analysing your information
  • Publishing your research

We are running two seminars in November (see below), with the full suite running from February 2015. Workshops are advertised on the GGRS workshops Calendar and the Library workshops and training page.

1. Publishing your research (no booking required)

Discover traditional vs non-traditional ways to get published.  What licencing/publishing agreements really mean. Find out the Strategic journals to target for your discipline and much more

10/11 Nathan                N53 1.51           1:15pm
11/11 Gold Coast          G10 2.25           10:15am

2. How your networks and sharing can maximise your impact (no booking required)

Building a profile:  How to use Social Networking/Collaboration Tools like Blogs, Yammer, Twitter, ResearchGate and Google Scholar to increase your impact and build your profile. Sharing your research: Theses, Open Access Repositories, Griffith Research Online and other Resource Discovery tools

25/11 Nathan                 N53 1.51           10:30am
27/11 Gold Coast           G10 2.25           10:30am

Sue Hickson | Library Services Manager (Business)
Library and Learning Services