Day 31! What’s your research workflow?

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30On Friday we wrapped up our tour of 30 research tools, sites, apps, and programs that we hope will improve your research workflow.  While some tools may have been familiar or known,  hopefully all the highlighted tools inspired you to review your workflow and investigate innovative ways to produce more open, efficient, and good science.

Each week of the series, we highlighted 5 tools for a specific phase of the research workflow –  Discovery, Analysis, Writing, Publication, Outreach, and Assessment.   However, these tools were just a small sampling of the hundreds of tools available.  Need more options? Check out  (and add to!) the comprehensive, crowdsourced spreadsheet of over 400+ tools and innovations.    Our highlighted tools represented some of the trends, developments, opportunities, and challenges in scholarly communication.

Bosman and Kramer at Utrecht University in the Netherlands have led the research in changing research workflows and have shared some of their interesting results.

For the Discovery phase of the workflow, we highlighted OAIster, DataCite, CHORUS, F1000Prime, and Web of Science Analytics. Information discovery is increasingly dependent on social discovery tools, improved data discovery, and is moving towards aggregated full-text semantic search.

In the Analysis phase, HiveBench, CartoDB, rOpenSci, Plotly,  and Jupyter were our tools for the week.  These tools represent the trends of sharing & openness, and the challenge of reproducibility.  One of our highlighted tools, Jupyter, had some amazing press this week –  some of  the LIGO Gravitational Wave Data is available in iPython Jupyter Notebooks!

To assist with your Writing workflow, we featured Authorea, Overleaf, Mendeley, Zotero, and WebCite.  Collaborative online writing platforms have come a long way and are now being integrated with publication and assessment tools.

The Publication tools highlighted a trend that the library is passionate about: Open Access. GitHub, PeerJ, Sherpa Romeo, Creative Commons,  and PlosOne were the tools chosen to increase openness in science and disrupt the traditional publishing status quo.

Google Scholar Citations, & ResearchGate, The Conversation, Slideshare, and FigShare are featured for the Outreach workflow.  These tools build on the ideas of scholarly social connections, public access to research, and altmetrics.

We wrapped up last week’s Assessment tools with posts on Altmetrics, Eigenfactor, Scholarometer, Publons, and ImpactStory.  Assessment is increasingly happening at the article level and now takes into account the societal relevance.  New publishing models create innovative assessment opportunities!

We hope you are inspired to learn more about these tools and  build your own research workflow!  Looking for examples?  Check out Kramer and Bosman’s suggestions below.


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This idea was generally based on the following article, research website, and accompanying datacards:

Kramer, Bianca; Bosman, Jeroen (2015): 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication – the Changing Research Workflow. figshare. Retrieved: 21 25, Jan 13, 2016 (GMT)

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