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How to do research in today’s digital environment

Presentation at Open access seminars, December 6-9, 2015, An-Najah National University, Birzeit University and Palestine Polytechnic University

How to do research in today’s digital environment

  1. 1. How to do research in today’s digital environment Iryna Kuchma, Open Access Programme Manager Presentation at Open access seminars, December 6-9, 2015, An-Najah National University, Birzeit University and Palestine Polytechnic University Attribution 4.0 International
  2. 2. https://innoscholcomm.silk.co 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication How can libraries support changing research workflows? Bianca Kramer & Jeroen Bosman EIFL General Assembly, Riga, November 13, 2015 @MsPhelps @jeroenbosman
  3. 3. The research workflow – a cyclic model preparation analysis writingpublication outreach assessment discovery
  4. 4. preparation analysis writingpublication outreach assessment discovery The research workflow – a cyclic model
  5. 5. 2005 2010 Analysis Outreach
  6. 6. Scholarly Communication
  7. 7. Innovations In scholarly communication
  8. 8. The open access citation advantage: Data from Alma Swan, 2010. Figure produced by E.C. McKiernan (CC BY)
  9. 9. Make a list of open access publication options in your particular field. Chances are you will be surprised by the range of possibilities Erin McKiernan
  10. 10. Discuss access issues with your collaborators up front, before the research is done and the articles written. Erin McKiernan
  11. 11. Being open doesn't have to break the bank! ~70% of OA journals do not charge. Many OA journals have low-cost fees. Most OA journals have fee waivers. Some institutions have OA publisher memberships. Some institutions have OA publishing funds. Some funders provide OA publishing fee support. Self-archiving openly costs nothing.
  12. 12. Blog about your science, and in language that is comprehensible to non- scientists. Doing this can ultimately increase the impact of your work and can even lead sometimes to press coverage and to better press coverage. Erin McKiernan
  13. 13. Be active on social media. This is the way academic reputations are built today, so ignoring the opportunities presented is unwise. Erin McKiernan
  14. 14. If for some reason you do publish a closed-access article, remember that you can self-archive a copy of your article in a disciplinary or institutional or shared repository. Erin McKiernan
  15. 15. ~78% of publishers allow authors to openly archive a version of their published manuscript: Breakdown of archiving policies from over 2,100 publishers. Source: Data from SHERPA/RoMEO. Accessed October 2015 and plotted by E.C. McKiernan (CC BY)
  16. 16. 1. Do not use journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors, as a surrogate measure of the quality of individual research articles, to assess an individual scientist's contributions, or in hiring, promotion, or funding decisions. The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) http://am.ascb.org/dora/
  17. 17. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/staff/staff-news/0115/16012015-ucl-signs-declaration-on- research-assessment “…for the purposes of research assessment, consider the value and impact of all research outputs (including datasets and software) in addition to research publications, and consider a broad range of impact measures including qualitative indicators of research impact, such as influence on policy and practice. Researchers should: “…use a range of article metrics and indicators on personal/supporting statements, as evidence of the impact of individual published articles and other research outputs”
  18. 18. 1. It’ll spoil my publication chances later Well, it might, but in a recent survey only 7% of institutions cited this as a frequent concern amongst their students, and no concrete examples were found of publication being refused because the PhD thesis had been added to an open access repository. If reassurance is needed, then an embargo period can be applied, with may be the record plus abstract still being available to all.
  19. 19. Thank you! Questions? iryna.kuchma@eifl.net www.eifl.net

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