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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.
Contact - Consultations & Instruction
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Information 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.
A "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.