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…

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…

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…

Day 20 – PLOS ONE (Publishing)

We are wrapping up the week with the first multidisciplinary Open Access journal, PLOS ONE.  Published by the Public Library of Science (PLOS)  (a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization) ONE upholds rigorous standards for peer review and increases speed to publication by focusing on scientific rigor instead of subjective assessments of novelty.  Its broad, interdisciplinary…