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Profiles & Why They Matter
When we talk about research impact, we should focus on visibility rather than impact. Visibility can boost impact, so long as the scholarship has the potential to make an impact*, but what boosts visibility? Three primary factors influence visibility:
- Making sure others outside large research institutions can access, read, and cite your work
- Through publishers and/or Open Access repositories
- Profiles & Identifiers
- Making sure that you are properly identified and attributed for your work
- Helps you control your own online identity and image, professionally and academically
- Communication & Promotion
- Through the publisher, news media, social media, and/or science communication tools like Kudos
This video will give a brief introduction to researcher profiles and how to strategically utilize them.
*Impact can take on many different meanings across disciplines and even within fields and subfields. For example, citations generally carry more meaning and weight in the science disciplines than in the humanities. In addition, certain fields have higher citation counts (such as the life sciences), while others might influence public policy more (such as urban planning). "Impact" is an ambiguous term, and overall, metrics should be used to support impact stories, or qualitative assessment, rather than supplant them.
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Resources & Workshop Slides
- Guide to Online Researcher VisibilityThis guide covers how to make yourself most visible and discoverable online as a researcher, such as through Open Access, researcher profiles, and promotion online of scholarly works.
- [Blog post] Comparing Google Scholar, ResearchGate, Mendeley, and ResearcherIDScientometric researchers discuss the advantages and disadvantages of major profile platforms and look at the role of ego in how these services are built and used.
- Professional Online Presence & IdentityWorkshop slides to help you explore your online identity and curate it professionally.
- Introduction to Online Scholarly PresenceWorkshop slides cover: how to take advantage of the growing Open Access landscape, author rights when publishing, researcher profiles, online scholarly communication, and promotion of scholarly works.
- Communicating your Research/WorkWorkshop slides and activities for planning effective research communication, in-person and online.
- Communication your Research WorksheetWorksheet that coincides with the slides for Communicating your Research/Work.
Open Access Resources
Open Access Resources at Virginia Tech Libraries
- Virginia Tech Open Access GuideCovers the basics, the types of OA, OA journals, copyright, OA policies, OA at Virginia Tech, and OA Week.
- VT Open Access Subvention FundInformation on the Virginia Tech Libraries' Open Access (OA) fund to subsidize article processing charges (APCs) for scholarly, peer-reviewed OA journals. This guide includes the request form, fund guidelines, and links to finding OA journals and publishers' OA policies.
- Open Education: Open Textbook Authoring and EditingA "getting started" guide overviewing open, editable, and lower-cost textbooks and open teaching & learning resources for faculty, students, and librarians.
Open Access Week 2020 Events
Connecting the Opens
The Open Access Week kickoff event discusses the three central types of Open: Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data; a history and in-depth explanation of the scholarly publishing landscape is also reviewed, followed by a panel discussion with Virginia Tech faculty members and their experiences with publishing and OA.
Open Access Week Keynote: “Counting what counts in recruitment, promotion and tenure”
What we reward through recruitment, promotion and tenure processes is not always what we actually value about research activity. This talk explores how we can pursue value-led evaluations - and how we can persuade senior leaders of their benefits.