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Day 30 – ImpactStory (Assessment)

We wrap up this week, and our 30-day tour, with a look at ImpactStory. Impactstory is an open-source, web-based tool that allows scientists to create profiles that more fully represent the complete range of their research products, and showcase the impact of their research in more diverse ways than the limited citation metrics of the…

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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 15 – WebCite (Writing)

Of all the writing & citing tools we’ve looked at this week, WebCite was (to me) the least familiar – but one that addresses a problem that everyone has encountered – the 404 File Not Found, otherwise known as link rot. WebCite is an on-demand archiving system for web references (websites, blogs, or other kinds…

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Day 14 – Zotero (Writing)

Zotero is a standout member of the family of reference manager systems – it’s user-friendly, flexible and intuitive, with a lot of features that make it easy to love. It’s a free, open-source research tool that helps you easily collect and organize references, cite them in documents or in standalone bibliographies, and share them in…