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Altmetrics: A new way to track impact

Altmetrics measure the impact not only of journal articles but a diverse array of online scholarly outputs such as books, book chapters, data sets, computer code, presentation slides, posters, blog posts, digital humanities projects, and websites.

In addition to scholarly impact, altmetrics also measure impact beyond the academy, for example through Wikipedia citations, media mentions, Delicious saves, Tweets, and Facebook posts. This ability to measure public impact is valuable to authors, institutions, and research funders in helping them gauge the real-world impact of their scholarship and the scholarship they support.

Altmetrics are also more immediate than traditional measures of impact like citations that take time to accrue.

Because altmetrics measure impact beyond the journal article, measure more types of impact, and are available right away, they can free scholars to experiment with and receive credit for new types of scholarly products.

Altmetric data can be viewed within Scopus records, as well as with a free booklmarket from Altmetric.com. Additionally, more and more publishers, like Wiley, are adding altmetric data to their articles.

Article-Level Metrics, similar to altmetrics, are an attempt to measure impact at the article level.

They can include traditional measures of impact such as citation counts as well as newer metrics like the number of times an article was downloaded.

A growing number of journals and publishing platforms are making article-level metrics available. For example, article-level metrics are provided for every article published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS). Metrics include total article views and downloads; citation data from Scopus, Web of Science, CrossRef, and Google Scholar; bookmarks in Mendeley and CiteULike; and mentions on blogs, Facebook, and Twitter.

Adapted from http://uri.libguides.com/researchimpact under a Creative Commons license.

Archive your work in DigitalCommons@UNMC

DigitalCommons@UNMC is an online repository of the research, scholarly communications, and archival materials produced or owned by members of the University of Nebraska Medical Center community. Based on the principle of open access, DigitalCommons@UNMC seeks to make these materials available to a worldwide audience by tagging, storing, and organizing them in a searchable database. Content types can vary widely by discipline, but the goal of storing all content is the same: To provide a common opportunity for presenting internally and globally what is being accomplished at UNMC.

Examples of Content Include but are not limited to:

  • Working papers
  • Published articles when copyright and/or license allow
  • Course materials, online course modules developed by UNMC Faculty
  • Supplemental Materials to Published Articles
  • Conference Materials: Posters, Presentations
  • UNMC Sponsored Event Materials
  • Annual reports and newsletters
  • UNMC documents
  • Archival Collections

Why contribute?

Institutional repositories serve as a showcase of the scholarly output of universities. This centralized collection is available to a wide audience including potential students and faculty, university partners and funding agencies, and other academic colleagues. Research indicates that articles are cited earlier and more often if they are available in an open access repository, such as DigitalCommons@UNMC.

  • Increased visibility for your academic works: Search engine optimization with Google Scholar and other search engines means your work is recognized as scholarly in nature, making your work highly discoverable.
  • Increase the longevity of your scholarship without increasing your workload: DigitalCommons@UNMC digitally archives your work with unique, persistent URLs, even after a faculty member leaves UNMC.
  • Centralized scholarship: Both previously published and unpublished works are collected on one site, complementing existing print and electronic publishing channels in your field while providing immediate access to your work. Supporting documents can be uploaded to provide context to your research.
  • Real impact: Monthly download reports allow immediate feedback on your work. The Author Dashboard feature lets you track how readers are finding your work as well as real-time full-text download statistics.
  • Institutional recognition: Your work is included in the full range of research and scholarship conducted at UNMC.
  • Contribute to the open access movement: DigitalCommons@UNMC provides the global community barrier and cost-free access to your important research.
  • Publicize: Easily share your work with colleagues and students through the “Tell a Colleague” link and RSS feeds.

To contribute your work, contact digitalcommons@unmc.edu

Resource spotlight: Proofreading help with Grammarly

Writing Support by Grammarly@EDU grammar check tool is now available to all UNMC students, staff, and faculty. Grammarly@EDU is an automated grammar tutor and writing revision tool for academic writing. Use your UNMC email to register at Grammarly.com/EDU.

A web-based application, Grammarly@EDU works one-on-one with a you to develop sentence-level writing skills, prevent plagiarism, and reinforce proper revision habits. Upload drafts of your papers to Grammarly@EDU to receive immediate instructional feedback on over 100 points of grammar and double-check if all sources are properly cited!

Automated Grammar Tutor

Patent-pending technology identifies problem areas in student writing, and delivers instant instructional feedback on over 100 points of grammar.

Revision Tool

Engaging user-interface transforms the revision of text into a learning session that is both structured and connected to students’ immediate writing challenges.

Citation Audit

Originality detection technology allows students to check their own work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against a database of 10+ billion documents.

Author disambiguation with ORCID iD

Do you worry about getting credit for your research because your name is common or you have publications under multiple aliases? Do you struggle to keep track of all of your research outputs? Are you annoyed by having to enter the same information over and over in manuscript and grant submission systems?

To solve these problems, there’s now ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID is registry of unique identifiers for researchers and scholars that is open, non-proprietary, transparent, mobile, and community-based. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier to DISTINGUISH YOU from all other researchers, AUTOMATICALLY LINKING your professional activities. For example,

  • Funding organizations like the U.S. NIH, Wellcome Trust, and Portuguese FCT are requesting ORCID iDs during grant submission and plan to use it to reduce the burden of grant submission
  • Publishers are collecting ORCID iDs during manuscript submission, and your ORCID iD becomes a part of your publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you
  • Professional associations like the Society for Neuroscience are incorporating ORCID iDs into membership renewal

Over time, this collaborative effort will reduce redundant entry of biographical and bibliographical data into multiple systems. Your ORCID iD will belong to you throughout your scholarly career as a persistent identifier to distinguish you from other researchers and ensure consistent, reliable attribution of your work.

To get started:

1. Claim your free ORCID iD athttp://orcid.org/register

2. Import your research outputs from Scopus and add biographical information using automated import wizards

3. Use your ORCID when you apply for grants, submit publications, or share your CV. Learn more at http://orcid.org

If you have questions about ORCID or need assistance connecting your ORCID iD with your Scopus author profiles, contact Heather Brown at hlbrown@unmc.edu.

Binding cost of dissertations and theses to increase

Effective January 1, 2011, the cost for binding dissertations and theses will increase from $10 per copy to $15 per copy. Houchen Bindery will begin billing all customers for stamping the title and author information on the front cover. Because thesis and dissertation titles include custom text and are often long, cover preparation is expensive for the bindery. Unfortunately, neither the bindery nor the library is able to absorb the added cost and as a result, the increase must be passed on to the student author. For questions, please contact Sheryl Williams (swilliam@unmc.edu).