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1 Information Services Getting Smarter at Publishing and Citations Cheryl Stevens Academic Services Librarian Library and Learning Services Division of Information Services 373 53131/0411 325 291 @GUCherylS

2 University’s research agenda It is important to be able to show the value of academic research But we all want our research to be seen, read, used and have impact Information Services

3 Session aims to help you Make informed decisions about where to publish = journal impact Understand the significance of citation measures in the publishing process = publications impact; i.e. how to access citations and how to increase them Information Services

4 Selecting a suitable journal Readership – academic, industry, general public Peer-reviewed – if you wish other researchers to read and cite your research Journal quality/prestige – impact factors (ECR aim low to build up output and esteem first) Relevance – check journal aims and scope Publisher policies - open access & self- archiving Information Services

5 Sources of journal information Experienced researchers/colleagues Your own bibliography - chances are if you are citing from specific journal, you will be writing something of equal interest to other readers of that journal Ulrichsweb = Periodical Directory Databases in your field – which journals come up the most often when searching Journal impact databases (WoS/Scopus) Information Services

6 Journal impact measures Information Services Measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a specific year or period – if high impact (e.g. Nature = 38.597), then is read and cited widely within its discipline and publishes important, high-quality work; 5 low for science but high for social science publication; education highest IF is 4.229 Quantitative method of evaluating journals - not a substitute for qualitative measures such as peer- review

7 Journal impact sources Scopus Journal Analyzer Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science) ERA journal ranking – no longer used; but see ERA 2012 journal list as list of active, peer reviewed, scholarly journals that publish original research (2015 list not published yet) al_list.htm Information Services

8 Scopus Journal AnalyzerJournal Analyzer Information Services

9 Scopus Journal AnalyzerJournal Analyzer Information Services

10 Journal Citation Reports (WoS) Information Services

11 Be aware of where you publish Beall’s List provides a list of predatory scholarly open- access publishers predatory-publishers-2013/ “Criteria for determining predatory open-access publishers” by Jeffrey Beall (2 nd edition) determining-predatory-open-access-publishers-2nd- edition/ Information Services

12 Session aimed to help you Make informed decisions about where to publish a)Identify potential journals to publish in b)Compare the performance of different journals within a specific discipline c)Highlight journals that provide highest impact and/or reach d)Which journals not to publish in Information Services

13 Professional reading Wolfson, A.J., Brooks, M.A., Kumbier, A.L., & Lenares, D.A. (2013). Monitoring and promoting the impact of pedagogically related scholarship. Biochemstry and Molecular Biology, 41(6), 365- 368 Information Services

14 Professional reading “A World Digital Library is coming true!” by Robert Darnton, The New York Review of Books may/22/world-digital-library-coming-true/ Information Services

15 Live demonstration – Ulrichsweb, Scopus Journal Analyzer, Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science)

16 Session aims to help you Understand the significance of citation measures in the publishing process Information Services

17 Publishing models Traditional  Contract between you and publisher to reproduce, distribute and sell your work for a fee  Subscription model – individual or institutional  Citation and abstract only freely available Open access  Freely available to all for viewing or downloading  Gold OA – provides immediate OA to all of its articles on the publisher’s website  Green OA – authors publish in any journal and then self- archive preprint/postprint in GRO or on other OA website Information Services

18 Open access journals Benefits  Greater exposure  Universal access  Easier discovery  Often faster timeline to publication  Retain own copyright under Creative Commons  Greater indexing and retrieval Costs  May be direct cost to you or your institution  May be too new to be indexed by major databases  May not have an impact factor yet Information Services

19 OA and citation impact Information Services

20 Finding open access journals Open access publishers  Directory of Open Access Journals ( DOAJ)  Ulrichsweb: browse to find open access  Elsevier journal finder (limit to open access) Information Services

21 Open access repositories Author self-archiving repositories  Griffith Research Online Griffith Research Online  Social Science Research Network (SSRN) Social Science Research Network Open Access to Knowledge (OAK) – Publishing agreements and publishers' open access policies  List SHERPA RoMEO - Publisher's copyright & archiving policies  Information Services


23 Research Impact How is research impact measured? Research impact generates funding Prestige/impact of journal Number of citations – individual researcher and at institutional level H index – to do with publications Commercialisation – visitor hits on websites; downloads of papers (eprints) Altmetrics: Information Services

24 H index Measure of number of publications published (= productivity) and how often they are cited (= impact) Based on citation data A researcher with an H index of 15 has at least 15 papers which have been cited 15 times Information Services

25 Citation databases Scopus Web of Science (Science, Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities Citation Indexes; Book Citation Indexes)Web of Science Google Scholar »free »coverage broader than Web of Science or Scopus »includes theses, books, book chapters » useful to Business, Arts, Education and Humanities Publish or Perish : Anne-Wil HarzingPublish or Perish Information Services

26 How to raise citation levels (1) Pick as distinctive a version of your author name as possible Choose appropriate and distinctive titles and sub-titles, and appropriate keywords for indexing Write informative article titles, abstracts and book blurbs handbook/chapter-4-getting-better-cited/ Work with colleagues to produce multi-authored outputs – across universities and/or countries Collaborate with peers with a publishing history Information Services

27 How to raise citation levels (2) Consider cross-disciplinary research projects Build communication and dissemination plans into research plans early on Always put a version of any output on the open web; e.g. Griffith Research Online Publish in high-profile, high-impact journals and know your journals and impact factor Know your ERA relevant field of research codes; e.g. Division 13 = Education, 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy Information Services

28 How to raise citation levels (3) Self-citations count – keep self-citation rate in line with academics in the same discipline Publish review articles Rework conference papers into articles Get yourself known – conferences, think tanks, community groups, consultancies, web presence Build scholarly networks via social media –; (keep your information up-to-date); Twitter Information Services

29 How to raise citation levels (4) Journal articles seem to attract higher citations than chapters in books and conference papers; perhaps simply because they are easier to locate Register with Google Scholar Citations Service, ORCID ( - takes 30 secs, Researcher ID (Web of Science), Author ID (Scopus) Proven researcher – Professor Stephen Billett, Adult and Vocational Education – h-index of 45; 8103 citations over his career Education researchers need to be connected to respond more effectively to global issues Information Services

30 Summary: Produce a piece of well written, top quality, original research Get it out there in the highest quality refereed journal that you can Credit the right author – consistent form of your name and ORCID is recommended Check and verify the final proofs of your work regarding your name and affiliation Make it open as evidence supports that open access papers are more highly cited Promote your work by telling EVERYONE! As @johnwlamp says: It’s no longer a matter of ‘publish or perish’, but ‘be visible or vanish’. Information Services

31 Publishing research + generating research impact secures funding for the growth of the university and future research initiatives. Information Services

32 Further reference: publishing + impact Griffith Library’s Support for Researchers guideSupport for Researchers  get published (includes Open access)  measure impact Information Services

33 Live demonstration – Google Scholar Citations profile, Scopus Altmetrics

34 Thank you!

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