July 2017: Impact & Engagement continued

Research Bites will continue the theme of Impact and Engagement throughout July. Thank you to the fantastic presenters that we’ve had so far, and to everyone who has attended.

Just turn up, no need to book! Tea/coffee and a cake provided.


How to write a good impact case study

Thursday 22nd June, 12pm, Bowland North SR 3. Live stream at 12.00 BST
Hints and tips for writing a high quality impact case study for REF.
Amy Gibbons, Faculty Impact Manager, Faculty of Science & Technology

Writing ‘Pathways to Impact’ statements

Wednesday 28th June, 12pm, Bowland North SR 3. Live stream at 12.00 BST
What they are, why they’re important, and some tips on best practice.
Ross Dachraoui, Impact Development Manager, Research & Enterprise Services


School-University Research Engagement

Friday 7th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 3. Live stream at 12.00 BST
Information about opportunities available for you to engage schools in your research, including Extended Project Qualification Mentoring and Research in a Box.
Jane Taylor, Senior Lecturer, Lancaster Environment Centre & Catherine Baxendale, Research Project Administrator, UK Student Recruitment & Outreach

Measuring academic impact using citations and bibliometrics

Wednesday 12th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 19. Live stream at 12.00 BST
Learn how citations and bibliometrics can be used to indicate academic impact.
Tanya Williamson, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

Proactive partnerships for impact

Thursday 27th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 3. Live stream at 12.00 BST
Co-designing productive impact driven research.
Nick King, Business Development Manager & Colin McLaughlin, Technology Transfer Manager, School of Computing & Communications

Using SciVal to measure academic impact, citations and collaborations

Monday 31st July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 1. Live stream at 12.00 BST
Learn about using SciVal to measure academic impact for yourself, your team, or your discipline and how it can be used to strengthen grant applications and identify potential collaborators with impact in mind.
Masud Khokhar, Head of Digital Innovation, Library


More than your h-index

Again, to those who came to this Research Bites session called More than your h-index?, which was all about author bibliometrics, many thanks for staying for a slightly longer than advertised session, and for taking part in the interesting discussions that were sparked by the presentation.

The slides are available here:

Follow on information:

Does the h-index only cover journal articles? This actually varies from source to source, and also what the h-index is in relation to. Theoretically you can use any type of work that accrues citations and calculate the h-graph based on that. Citation databases such as Scopus and Web of Science may not include every document an author has published as they have deliberate coverage policies (Scopus’ Content Coverage is available in detail. Web of Science coverage depends on your subscription and the h-index will vary accordingly). The h-index is calculated based on the items listed in the results list in either database, the majority of which are likely to be journal articles and conference proceedings. If there are letters, editorials etc in the list, they will be included, though items that were not cited at all will not affect the h-index.

Are patents covered? Although patents can be found through Scopus they are not included in the h-index. Patents (and many other things) are excluded from Google Scholar’s metrics coverage.

Thomson Reuters (prop. Web of Science) do have a product called Derwent Innovations Index, which allows patent searching and citation analysis of patents. (Possibly an interesting paper describing the h-index for patents by Jian Cheng Guan and Xia Gao).

Research Bites in July


This month’s theme is Research metrics.

Join us for an informal 20 minute session. Just turn up, no need to book.

‘Bang those robot heads together’
Thursday 9th July, 12.00. Bowland North SR 19
A brief introduction to the citation analysis tools available in Web of Science and Scopus.
Tanya Williamson, Assistant Librarian, Library

The Journal Impact Factor
Monday 13th July, 12.00. Bowland North SR 19
Understand the importance of Journal Impact Factors for you, the University and your funding body. Discover the most common metrics, and address your concerns.
Jenny Brine, Subject Librarian, Library

More than your h-index?
Thursday 16th July, 12.00. Bowland North SR 19
Learn about the range of tools/metrics that you can use to help understand the impact of your work.
Tanya Williamson, Assistant Librarian, Library

Altmetrics: beyond the impact factor
Tuesday 21st July, 12.00. Bowland North SR 19
A look at altmetrics and article-level metrics, and their growing significance to researchers.
Hardy Schwamm, Research Data and Repository Manager, Library

The power of SciVal
Thursday 23rd July, 12.00. Bowland North SR 19
An overview of this powerful research evaluation tool will be of interest to researchers and research managers.
Masud Khokhar, Head of Digital Innovation, Library

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.