A researcher recently brought the site Publons to our attention as a good way to get credit for the often unseen and uncredited work of peer reviewing for publication. Publons states their mission as follows:
Publons works with the world’s top publishers so you can effortlessly track, verify and showcase your peer review contributions across the world’s journals. It’s all part of our plan to speed up science and research and give the experts involved in peer review the recognition they deserve.
The service has had support from several major publishers already (e.g. Wiley, CUP) and integrates with ORCID so that your review record can be included on your ORCID profile. Read the full list of benefits for researchers here: https://publons.com/benefits/researchers/ . An example of a profile page is Charles Dunnill from Swansea University.
Swansea University has an institutional profile page too – Swansea University. Publons were great at removing a duplicate profile we’d got for “University of Wales, Swansea” so all our researchers are now in one place.
Saturday 1st April 2017 marked the one year anniversary for the REF Open Access policy: this covers all journal articles and (some) conference proceedings accepted for publication after 1st April 2016. These papers must comply with HEFCE’s Open Access policy or they cannot be submitted to the REF.
Green Open Access on Cronfa
We have seen much progress around open access at Swansea University in the last year. Unsurprisingly, there has been a marked increase in papers made open access on our repository Cronfa: the REF policy is all about encouraging researchers to take advantage of publisher copyright policies that allow the accepted version of an article to be made public on a repository, known as “Green Open Access”.
The home page of Cronfa shows our latest full text additions, plus the most-downloaded articles of all time and the last week/month. Whilst Cronfa documents feed into the Core repository search portal and will turn up in Google search results, they are still not appearing regularly on Google Scholar. Reasons for this are not clear but we continue to investigate and are not alone in having this issue with our repository content. If you have an open access version of a paper on Cronfa circulating the URL to the open version ensures maximum impact.
Gold Open Access
We are also seeing many articles published with “Gold” (paid-for) open access. This is not essential for the REF Open Access policy (unless the chosen journal does not permit self-archiving to comply with the HEFCE policy). Whilst we do have money available for RCUK-funded publications, most of the Gold Open Access papers are paid for from research funding or other sources; Swansea University does not have an institutional fund for open access.
We have also seen 27 Swansea University authors take advantage of the excellent Springer deal for free open access in selected journals. This option is available to any staff or student who is corresponding author on a paper submitted to certain Springer journals.
REF Open Access Policy Compliance
For various reasons, it is difficult to give precise figures for REF Open Access compliance at this stage but our estimates suggest we are seeing strong levels of compliance (very rough estimate = 85-90%) for all papers that have been added to RIS (not just those that may be submitted to a future REF). There may be papers published by Swansea University authors but not yet added to RIS which would alter this estimate. The university’s own open access policy means that ALL publications should be made open access where possible, not just those that may be submitted to the REF.
Increased Support for Open Access
The Library Research Support Team expanded with 2 new posts in 2016 which reflects the additional reporting and compliance work around open access: Caroline Rauter is the Scholarly Communications Officer (email@example.com) and Penny Lauder is the Scholarly Communications Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org). The team is managed by Annette Linton, Head of Library Content and Scholarly Communications (email@example.com). We can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org and more information on the support we offer can be found on our web pages. We work closely with staff in the Colleges on advocacy and support for open access.
The College of Engineering have also appointed Rebecca Kelleher as REF Officer (email@example.com), who offers a REF compliant mediated deposit service to RIS/Cronfa for all staff in Engineering and Sport & Exercise Sciences and she also reports on Open Access compliance for the College.
Filed under Open Access, REF
This database to which we subscribe has recently increased massively the number of links to the full text of PhD theses. Most theses submitted since 1997 in this database can now be viewed in pdf format, together with some older theses.
Proquest Dissertations and Theses Global provides details of theses submitted in Britain and Ireland between 1716 and the present and in the United States since 1861. It also has records of many theses from elsewhere in the world. It’s an excellent database for finding details of PhD theses on a topic.
You can get a link to Proquest Dissertations and Theses by doing a search in iFind. There are also links to the database in our Library Guides.
You may have come across Scival, Elsevier’s citation analysis tool which we have access to at the university. InCites is a rival product based on Web of Science data which allows similar analysis.
- Access Incites at http://wok.mimas.ac.uk then click the InCites link at the very top of the screen.
- You will need to create your own username and password which can then be used on or off campus.
- The built in InCites System reports are the easiest place to start. If you have an ORCID or researcher ID use the researcher report to get a picture of how often you have been cited, which journals have given you the most citations and which area of your work has the highest impact. The other three reports look at the institution – how it’s research performs in terms of citations, which journals it publishes in and which organizations it collaborates with.
- For more in depth analysis you can filter people, organizations, regions etc. to get the data you want.
- More detail about the indicators used in InCites is in the indicators handbook.
- Recorded training on different aspects of InCites can be found at http://wokinfo.com/training_support/training/incites/
Let us know if you discover any interesting snippets about university research!
Our “7 Days of Twitter” course was “aimed at Swansea University researchers, staff and students who wish to learn more about Twitter in the context of research and boosting your research impact”. We have no plans at present to re-run the course but all the material is freely available to work through at any time (and if you tweet us – @rscsam or @benfelen – we’d still be delighted to hear from you!). A reminder of what the course covered:
All the resources are derived from the original course by Dr Helen Webster and are similarly licensed for re-use under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
If you are looking for ways to promote your research, the web service Kudos is a free option to try: https://www.growkudos.com/. See an example of Kudos for an article or another example by Swansea University’s Louise Miskell.
Here’s a short video which explains what Kudos offers:
In a nutshell the advantages of Kudos are:
- “Explain” = a user-friendly page to contextualize and promote an article or book, re-wording its content in a more accessible format (“What it’s about”, “Why it’s important”) and linking to any additional resources (blog posts, videos etc.) = “Enrich“. For example, if an article is available open access on Cronfa then that could be an additional link to include.
- “Share” this page with your networks, via email or on a website/blog. This step is critical: you will need to get the page out to the world in order to reap the benefits!
- Use Kudos to “measure” activity around the publication: see this video for further details on what stats Kudos can provide.
The value of Kudos relies on the researcher taking the time to enrich a Kudos page for a publication and then promote the resulting page to an existing network. It could be a useful tool for promoting papers for maximum impact – the ability to provide a layperson’s version is particularly useful. Opinions welcome in the comments!
Browzine allows you to browse many of the journals subscribed to by Swansea University in one single easy platform. You can access it online at http://browzine.com/libraries/242/subjects or you can download an app to use it on your mobile device.
When you go into Browzine you can choose to search for a journal or browse titles for your subject. If you sign up for an account you can set up bookshelves of the journals you want to keep up with so that you can access them quickly. This will sync across your mobile devices as well so could be useful for reading on the train! You will receive an email when new content is added to your chosen journals.
When browsing a title you can expand an article to see the options below. You should be able to click through to full text for most titles if you find an article you are interested in.
You can bookmark articles you have found useful which you will be able to access through My Articles or export citations to reference managers like EndNote and Mendeley.
Browzine isn’t the best tool for searching for articles on a particular subject but it is a handy way to keep up with the latest articles. Give it a try and see if it works for you.