This webinar held on Feb 18, 2015, discussed five high-impact tools that would help authors promote their work, collaborate, network, and build their reputation as a researcher.
Here’s a summary of the five tools that were covered in this session and the impact of each tool.
1. Social media:
Social media can be a very effective tool in the research communication landscape. There are several social media platforms that researchers can use. Depending on what an author selects, the platform can help the author network with peers, share and discuss the author’s work or the work of peers, and publish and promote their own work.
Today, it is because of social media that research communication is not just a one-way street. Social media has made research communication more conversational allowing researchers the opportunity to discuss their work, defend it, and gauge the reader’s response to it.
Another implication of using this tool is that the burden of promoting research doesn’t rest solely with the journal publication. The author can play a more important role in promoting his/her work.
The scope of social media is vast—from using it to gather survey responses to getting feedback on your work. Authors are advised to use social media to share, discuss, network, and publish.
The Altmetric tool measures the number of times a research output gets cited, tweeted about, liked, shared, bookmarked, viewed, downloaded, mentioned, reviewed, and discussed.
Authors should collect these Altmetric indicators so that they can share it with collaborators and funding bodies as proof of the manuscript reach.
For more information, visit: http://www.altmetric.com/
Mendeley is a bibliographic database that allows researchers to store and organize the papers they read and form groups with peers and collaborators for easy sharing of published research.
This tool is a big proponent of providing access to free information and is easy to use.
Authors are advised to use Mendeley to share, discuss, annotate, and collaborate with peers in their field.
For more information, visit: http://www.mendeley.com/
This is a free of charge social networking site that allows researchers to upload their published papers, update their resumes, and start a discussion pertaining to any area of research and receive comments from researchers worldwide. It also gives an RG (ResearchGate) score based on the author’s activity on ResearchGate as well as the author’s publications.
Authors should build their scientific reputation with this ResearchGate (RG) score and connect with the global scientific community.
This tool basically aims to provide unique identifying codes for researchers worldwide. Much has been talked about the need to reference correctly. Ethics in publication demands that an author cite others’ work that the author has referred to; similarly, the author has similar expectations from others who refer to his/her work.
ORCID is the tool that helps make an author’s work citable. To ensure that the author gets credit for his/her work, it is recommended that the author includes the ORCID details at the time of submitting a manuscript, applying for a grant, and in any other research context. To know more, visit: http://orcid.org/
These five tools will go a long way in boosting a researcher’s career and building his/her reputation in the scientific community.