Social media for researchers: ResearchGate and Academia.edu recording available

Thank you to everyone who came to last week’s session Social media for researchers: ResearchGate and Academia.edu. There was a lot of discussion in the session, so if you missed it, take a look at the recording. If you have any experience of using these social networks, please add your comments.

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Research Bites sessions in September 2014

Join us for an informal 20 minute session. Bring your lunch, and a friend.

Just turn up, no need to book.

Filing a patent on your invention and commercialising it
Thursday 4th September, 12.00. Fylde C48
Expert advice on filing a patent from the University’s Research Enterprise Service.
Gavin Smith, Intellectual Property Officer.

Non-patent Intellectual Property
Friday 12th September, 12.00. Fylde C48
Expert advice on intellectual property from the University’s Research Enterprise Service.
Gavin Smith, Intellectual Property Officer.

Beyond the Impact Factor: Altmetrics
Friday 19th September, 12.00. Fylde C48
A look at altmetrics and their growing significance to researchers
Hardy Schwamm, Research Data and Repository Manager

Your identity as a researcher – ORCID
Friday 26th September, 12.00. Fylde C48
Find out what ORCID is, and how it can help you to distinguish your work from someone else’s.
Tanya Williamson, Assistant Librarian.

Twitter questions

During today’s ‘Social media for researchers – Twitter’ session we had a number of Twitter-specific questions. Thanks to Louise for summarising:

Is @ a way of sending a direct message and does this appear on the receiver’s timeline? It’s a message targeted at them, and will only appear on the receiver’s timeline if they decide to retweet it. Otherwise they’ll just receive a notification. However, if you click ‘reply’ then your tweet will appear under theirs as a ‘conversation’.

If you unfollow someone do they receive a notification? No, they don’t, but they can see if their follower numbers are down and look through them!

You mentioned the necessity to stay connected, how often should you tweet? Build what you think is appropriate into your week, maybe once or twice a week to start with. Too many tweets may make people unfollow you, and perhaps make what you say more trivial. Think of the time of day that you tweet – if it’s first thing in the morning then America won’t have woken up! It depends on the audience you attract.

How would it measure impact? Altmetrics look at what’s being viewed, discussed, saved and cited rather, and include social media such as Twitter. We’re planning a Research Bites session in September on Altmetrics.

Does Twitter suggest people you can follow? Yes on your profile page, and it may also do this by email.

Can I set up my Android phone to be alerted when you’re tweeted? You can download an app for Twitter and can then choose to receive notifications when someone interacts with you.

How can I add a picture? When writing a tweet you have the option to add a picture, but this does count as part of your 140 characters. Pictures tend to enhance your tweet’s ‘click-rate’.

What does ‘favouriting’ do? It sends the tweeter a notification to say that someone likes their tweet, and may open up channels of communication – you can choose to follow them. Also you can view all of the tweets you have ‘favourited’ (from your profile), so you could use favourites like bookmarks.

‘Do you need to submit an electronic thesis?’ recording now available

Thank you to Louise Tripp for delivering the session on eTheses at Lancaster earlier in July. If you missed it, you can now view a recording of the session.

You may wish to look back at earlier posts to see answers to some of the questions raised during the session.

Open Access

During the session on ‘What you need to know about Open Access’ we had some questions, which we’ll try to clarify here.

Can self-funded researchers get help to publish through the Gold Open Access (OA) route?
Researchers who are self-funded can apply for Lancaster University Open Access funding once your article has been accepted. Alternatively you can use the Green route by depositing in an Institutional or subject repository, but you need to check SHERPA/RoMEO whether the journal publisher permits this.

Can you clarify HEFCE’s policy on Open Access publication in relation to the REF (Research Excellence Framework)?
HEFCE’s Circular 07/2014 gives a good overview of this new policy which states that:

“to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, outputs must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication, and made open-access within a specified time period. This requirement applies to journal articles and conference proceedings only; monographs and other long-form publications, research data and creative and practice-based research outputs are out of scope. Only articles and proceedings accepted for publication after 1 April 2016 will need to fulfil these requirements, but we would strongly urge institutions to implement the policy now. The policy gives a further list of cases where outputs will not need to fulfil the requirements.”

I’m not the principal author, but would like to publish through the Gold route. What should I do?
If there is a principal author of your research output, they should apply for any available funding from their own Institution. If you work in collaboration and there is no principal author you can apply for funding to you Head of Department.

What you need to know about Open Access

Thank you to Louise Tripp for delivering today’s Research Bites session on Open Access (OA). If you missed it, or would like to look at the slides again, we’ve made them available on SlideShare.

The detailed guide to Open Access is the first place to find out more about making your research Open Access. There’s comprehensive information about the two routes: Gold and Green, how to access funding for OA, where to self-archive, and more.