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.
Have you used Scopus recently? The interface has been refreshed, giving it a generally less cluttered appearance. ‘Alerts’ and ‘Lists’ are now in the toolbar at the top of the page. Other functions have been moved to what Scopus are calling a “spine” – a sidebar which is activated by clicking a three-line menu icon familiar from many mobile apps.
One particularly interesting new feature is a link on an ‘Author Details’ page which exports an Author’s Scopus profile into SciVal.
A summary of these changes can be found on the Scopus blog.
If you have an ORCID researcher identifier (and if not – highly recommended that you get one!) then it can be used in Swansea University systems as follows:
- Enter your ORCID in Agresso Business World (ABW) – instructions here (PDF)
- Your ORCID will then appear in RIS (our Research Information System) after a delay for RIS to update – this does not happen immediately. Once it appears in RIS, you can import publications from ORCID. This is a really quick and easy way to add any past papers.
- Your ORCID will also appear on your staff web page (see an example here).
ORCID is now used to build the free ImpactStory profile for tracking the impact of your research outputs – another good reason to get one!
The library is celebrating our Swansea University researchers with an ongoing series of videos – more information on the library blog! You can subscribe to the YouTube channel for future updates.
Our subscription resource “Sage Research Methods” has got a new interface. Sage Research Methods can be accessed here (Swansea University login required).
The site has a wealth of material for teachers, students and researchers, for example:
- Massive collection of book and journal resources on research methods
- Case Studies where researchers explain why they chose the methods they used
- Datasets to practice on
- Videos including interviews, case studies, specific methods
To get an idea of the breadth of content, take a look at the brochure (PDF). Sage have also produced their own Libguide with more information on how to get the most out of the site.
The colourful Altmetric.com donut
We are taking part in two sessions this week on the topic of altmetrics, “the creation and study of new metrics based on the Social Web for analyzing, and informing scholarship”. See the altmetrics manifesto for the original explanation and justification; the Wikipedia article has further background. Reasons why altmetrics are worthy of a researcher’s attention and time:
- Discover who may be talking about your research online
- Discover what is being said about similar research in your field (with a view to interesting them in your own research or evaluating its impact)
- Compiling evidence of research / impact either on a personal or a project level. Altmetrics are a measure of attention (not quality), which could also be said of traditional citation counts, so should be contextualized where possible.
Swansea University had three papers in the Altmetrics Top 100 Articles for 2015 (see the news story “Swansea University scores hat trick in top 100 articles “).
Where to view altmetrics
Altmetric.com is the major supplier of altmetric data with their distinctive colourful bagel graphic which is found embedded in many other sites too. This web page gives an overview of what the bagel is and what it’s counting.
No altmetrics available? This FAQ related to the Altmetric donut gives some reasons why this may be so: they didn’t start collecting activity until 2011, not all journals are supported and not all articles have a recognizable identifier (or DOI).
Books and book chapters are also not currently well supported for altmetrics although there are developments in this area such as the Springer “Bookmetrix” portal.
Can your boost your own altmetrics?
Altmetrics register online activity. No researcher would want to be accused of “gaming” their metrics yet all researchers are encouraged to maximize their impact and to promote their research themselves as much as possible.
Researchers with an existing active online network and understanding of the world of social media will inevitably be at an advantage here. However there are also others who may be on social media already who can help: the publisher, the institution and/or research office, collaborators or community / commercial partnerships.
There is much on the web about maximizing research impact using social media. Here are some examples, including several from the LSE Impact blog which publishes frequently and reliably on this topic:
As mentioned above, using altmetrics to check out who has been talking about similar papers and including them in your network can be a useful strategy.
Comments and useful resources for exploring altmetrics are welcome!