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“Stand out and be counted” – session for researchers

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Back by popular demand! This is a half-day workshop to explore tools that can help you promote yourself and achieve the best visibility for your research. We aim to give an overview of the following:

  • What can be counted about you? Citations, altmetrics and a look at the Scival benchmarking tool
  • Your online identity – what are the pros and cons of maintaining profiles such as ORCID, Google Scholar and university systems (Cronfa, RIS & staff web pages)?
  • Online networking and social spaces for researchers

The workshop is aimed at researchers with some publications but PhD students are also welcome to attend. Booking is essential – reserve your place now:

Feedback from previous courses:

“I think this course should be mandatory for all new research staff. There were so many things I’ve never heard about and I found out my manager was on all the networks etc but she’s never told me about any of it. I’m telling everyone I know”

“I have changed my attitude 180 deg and noticed the importance of self-promotion online that could potentially enhance my employability and also contacts with people I could meet on conferences and seminars. I wish I had attended this course during my PhD so I could have enjoyed the profits of ‘standing out and being counted'”

 

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New issue of Journal Citation Reports

Journal citation reports with 2017 data is now available. It now includes citations from the book citation index, widening coverage.

To go into JCR login to Web of Science http://wok.mimas.ac.uk, click the purple access button and you will see a link to Journal Citation Reports at the top of the screen.

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To see journal rankings in your subject area, select the right category from the area on the left and click Submit.

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JCR Fact Sheet

Quick tour video

You may also like to look at the Elsevier rival to JCR, SJR Scimago journal and country rank.

Remember that although these metrics can be useful in finding good journals, all statistics have their flaws and there is no guarantee that an individual article in a journal with a high impact factor will be cited a lot. It’s also worth remembering that REF do not take into account an impact factor when scoring an article. JCR and SJR can be useful in helping you to choose a journal but it is best to use other methods as well, such as the opinion of colleagues, your own reading of a journal or your knowledge of the editors.

If you would like help please contact iss-research@swansea.ac.uk

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New report on UK Open Access Compliance

The front page of the report

Research England (formerly HEFCE) has announced the release of a new report: “Monitoring sector progress towards compliance with funder open access policies” (PDF). This reports the results from a UK-wide survey conducted in late 2017 looking at how universities are managing compliance with the REF, UKRI (formerly RCUK) & other funder open access policies.

The widely-reported headline finding has been “Over 80% of research outputs meet requirements of REF 2021 open access policy” but Cambridge University’s Danny Kingsley has written in response on their “Unlocking Research” blog: “Compliance is not the whole story” picking up a key point made in the report, that “the increased open access to research is resulting from considerable effort on the part of researchers, libraries, research offices”.

Read the report here (3 page Executive Summary available!)

Helen Snaith’s blog post for Research England: “REFlecting on progress towards open access

David Sweeney for WONKHE: “Open Access – are we almost there for REF?”

Danny Kingsley’s response “Compliance is not the whole story”.

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Emerging Sources Citation Index

We now have an additional database available via Web of Science – Emerging Sources Citation Index.

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This database is for new and emerging journals which haven’t yet been accepted into the full citation indexes. It expands the range of journals in Web of Science and picks up quite a lot of new open access journals, independent publishers and scholarly societies plus journals with irregular publication patterns.

Journals accepted for ESCI have to be peer reviewed, follow ethical publishing practices, meet technical requirements and be recommended by Web of Science users as for the other indexes. All journals now submitted to WOS will be considered for this index initially while they are undergoing a full evaluation. If a journal is accepted for one of the other citation indexes it will move out of ESCI so that there is no duplication.

ESCI journals will not be assessed for an impact factor though the citations in these journals will contribute to the impact factors of others.

This database should add some depth to sources available for new and emerging fields of study so is a useful addition to Web of Science. Of course, if you prefer to keep to the traditional citation indexes you can simply deselect it in the More settings section of the initial screen.

List of journals covered 

 

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Patent citations from Altmetric

altmetric doughnutAltmetric have announced a new data source – patent citations.

This tracks references to academic sources such as journal articles and books in patents from 9 jurisdictions from 1994 onwards:

  • World Intellectual Property Organization
  • IP Australia
  • German Patent and Trade Mark Office
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
  • European Patent Office
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • National Industrial Property Institute
  • Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom
  • Netherlands Patent Office

A citation in a patent can show that a piece of academic work has contributed to an invention or improvement so shows economic impact.

At present the system only picks up work with a doi, PMID and some urls so it is not comprehensive. Altmetric are working on text mining to improve the number of citations picked up.

If your paper is in Cronfa you will see an altmetric donut in the full record. Patent mentions are shown as dark orange. Click on the donut to see more information – in the case below 2 WIPO patents have cited this piece of work.

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You can use the free altmetric.it bookmarklet to check on papers outside Cronfa.

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Reminder: REF Open Access Policy Change, 1st April 2018

We have already blogged about the announced change to the REF Open Access policy which comes into effect from 1 April 2018: this enforces the strict “three months from date of acceptance” time limit on uploading the full text of a paper into RIS. This applies to papers accepted on or after 1 April 2018.

HEFCE have indicated that we will be audited on the file upload date from RIS and the date of acceptance. The policy also includes an exception that can be used (after 1/4/18) if this date is missed but exceptions are expected to be rare. More information can be found on HEFCE’s website.

This change can potentially have most impact for journals where the delay between acceptance and publication is longest, something we see more frequently in humanities and social science subject areas.

We have always reiterated the key message: Act at Acceptance! And we are here to help: iss-research@swansea.ac.uk

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/library/researchsupport/open-access/ 

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Web of Science developments

Those of you who use  Web of Science for your research may be interested in the following developments:

  • There will be changes in the way open access is flagged up to distinguish gold final versions from green ones. Also they will be marking hybrid open access papers as open access which has not been possible before.
  • Web of Science are working in partnership with Impact Story and have bought Publons which allows peer reviewers to get credit for their work.
  • Emerging Sources Index – this indexes journals which do not yet meet all the Web of Science standards but are still peer reviewed and meet certain standards. It is included in the core package from 2015 onwards. You will search it as part of the Web of Science core collection but it can be filtered out using the Web of Science Index filter at the left of the screen.
  • The citation report has been redesigned to have a clearer graphic.  WOS graphic
  • There is now a chrome extension which will allow you to jump from a word in chrome to do a search in Web of Science.
  • The marked list has been expanded to hold up to 50,000 records.
  • Accessibility has been assessed and there are some features, such as fixed menus rather than drop downs which are designed to improve the user experience.
  • Web of Science will start indexing early access articles provided they are peer reviewed and accepted so that information is available earlier. They will be labelled early access until the full article appears. Initially these articles will not be taken into account for Journal Citation Reports though this will be considered after 2018.
  • There is now a company library guide for Web of Science with tutorials, guides, etc.

 

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