Publishing and citation data is used to make visible and promote your research. They inform strategic planning processes.
The analysis of research and publication data is a regular part of the University Library's operation. The following functions are a part of this operation.
- Analysis of the scientific publication at the University of Bergen
- Finding data and indicators for budget, research notifications, strategic planning etc. at the University of Bergen
- Quality assessment of data, communicating data and routines in the publication data base CRIStin.
- Instructing / introductions in topics related to analysis of research data/bibliometrics for staff at the University Library and for interested researchers at the UoB.
- Research projects completely or partially based on data from the University of Bergen
The main source is the publication data from CRIStin, which is owned and operated by the University Library. In addition, other databases such as ISI Web of Science are used.
Publication and citation data are increasingly used for evaluation of research. These analysis are used among others as a part of the regular academic evaluations that the Norwegian research council undertakes.
Publishing data also enters the financing sphere as an indicator of the budget model for the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Students, as well as scientific publication given weight in connection with applications for research funding. That is reason to be focused on the scientific publication both locally and centrally at the university. The bibliometric activity at the University Library is to be used to strengthen The University of Bergen's work through research documentation, analytically and strategically.
Here you can read about the use of researcher profiles on academic network sites. You find more information about citations and how you can optimize your impact on PhD on Track.
Why should you use academic network sites?
- Avoid author ambiguity
Author ambiguity is a big problem for many scientists. You can solve this problem by taking control over your digital presence and create unique digital identifier that distinguishes you from any other researcher.
- Have one place to store all your scientific work
Scientists are often changing their working place. Therefore it can be very useful to have an independent profile online where you can easily link to from your institution's webpage.
- Make your work visible and accessible
By listing and eventually uploading your papers everybody can see your work and get updated about your publications. Other researchers can download your papers or request a copy with one click.
- Create a network and follow your peers
Particularly young researchers need to establish a network. Academic social network sites provide a perfect opportunity to get in touch with your peers and follow and participate in scientific discussions.
- Get recommendations about new publications directly
Sometimes it can be difficult to keep track of all the new publications. Many services offer recommendations based on your citations, references and network.
- Get instantly credits for your publications/work
Classic bibliometric parameters as citations take often a long time. By analyzing altmetrics (followers, downloads, view) you have instant proof that your work has an impact for the scientific community.
Wondering which you should choose? Search for your colleagues or researchers whose work you like to find out which network site is the best for you.
Academic network sites
ResearcherID and ORCID offer a solution to the author ambiguity as they provide a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from any other researchers. ResearcherID and ORCID are complementary and you can link from one to the other. ORCID is a platform independent identifier, whereas the ResearcherID is specific to Thomson Reuters. With a ResearcherID you can access your citation profile and other metrics in the Web of Science. ORCID additionally allows you to publish a CV and other information to your profile.
Google Scholar profile
The University Library offers access to many subject specific databases that are very useful if you are looking for research articles and other materials. Nevertheless, many researchers prefer to use Google Scholar for basic searches. Google Scholar is a free tool that claims to contain approximately 80-90% of the scientific literature.
The associated Google Scholar Citations provide a simple way to make your work more visible and keep track of your citations. A profile gets created almost automatically but you can add publications or delete publications that are not yours or not relevant (such as e.g. grey literature). You can check who is citing your publications, graph citations over time, and compute your h-index or other metrics. To promote your work you should make your profile public. Then it appears on top of the page in Google Scholar results when people search for your name. How to create a Google Scholar profile?
Academic social network sites
According to its own reports, ResearchGate has over 6 million members as of May 2015. On ResearchGate, you can establish a personal profile with academic information, share publications and data sets. You can monitor your own impact and that of your peers by monitoring number of views, downloads, citations and the ResearchGate score. You can also engage in discussions, up/downvote publications and discussion topics and write messages. When you upload you publication make sure you are following the copyright. Here you can find more information about copyright and OpenAccess.
According to its own web page, Academia.edu has over 20 million members and over 5 million uploaded papers. Also on Academia.edu you can create a profile, upload your research, follow your peers and monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research. When you upload your publication make sure you are following the copyright. Here you can find more information about copyright and OpenAccess.
Mendeley was originally designed as an academic social network site but has additionally evolved into a reference management tool. As a network site you can follow your peers and get updates about the newest publications in your field. You can additionally manage your reference by storing PDFs, import metadata from PDFs directly and export citation into MSWord and OOWriter. The basic version of the reference tool is for free but you have to pay to be able to use all the functionalities.