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Day 29 – Publons (Assessment)

One of the quirks of scientific publishing is that a good part of the labor is unpaid and unrecognized – the peer review that scientists provide for one another, providing quality control, editorial services, and valuable commentary on new research. A researcher might spend hundreds of hours per year on this invisible work, without which…

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Day 28 – Scholarometer (Assessment)

  Scholarometer (in beta) is a tool that computes metrics for evaluating the impact of an individual author in a discipline, using the widely adopted h-index* and a variation, the hs-index that has been normalized for differences among disciplines. It’s a social (crowdsourcing) tool that combines citation data from Google Scholar with a visualization capability…

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Day 27 – Eigenfactor (Assessment)

It’s Day 27 and we’re in the home stretch of our 30 day tour! Today we’ll look at the Eigenfactor Project, which provides Eigenfactor scores that measure a journal’s importance and ranking within the scientific community, much like the better-known journal Impact Factor provided by Thomson Reuters through the publication Journal Citation Reports (JCR). Eigenfactor…

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Day 26 – Altmetric (Assessment)

Today, we’re launching a week’s worth of tools for assessment – measuring the impact that a scholarly work has in the community. This first tool we’ll look at is Altmetric, which may already be familiar to you with its rainbow-colored wreath logo.1 What exactly do altmetrics measure? They track mentions from blogs, mainstream media, Facebook…

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Day 25 – Figshare (Outreach)

In 2011, Mark Hahnel was a PhD student in stem cell biology at Imperial College London. He wanted to share research outputs with other scholars in formats other than a traditional peer-reviewed paper, including datasets, media, and negative results. When he couldn’t find a platform that would do this, Hahnel created Figshare. Figshare is a…

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Day 24 – SlideShare (Outreach)

Today we take a look at SlideShare, an enormous source of knowledge, and a great tool for both finding and sharing information. SlideShare is a slide hosting service that you can use to easily upload and share presentations, infographics, documents, and videos. In addition to making slideshow presentations viewable from within your browser, SlideShare also…

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Day 23 – The Conversation (Outreach)

While many of the tools that academics use focus on sharing information with other researchers, today’s tool offers a means for outreach to the general public. The Conversation describes itself as “a collaboration between editors and academics to provide informed news analysis and commentary that’s free to read and republish”. This not-for-profit organization was started…