Thing 16: Research Impact (Bibliometrics and Altmetrics)

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“It was you citing me all this time?!”

Bibliometrics

Bibliometrics is a well-established approach for studying one type of research output: the academic publication, and especially, the journal article.  Most bibliometric work is quantitative in nature. See this article in Nature for an overview and a short history of the Leiden manifesto.

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Thing 15: Open Access and Surrey Research Insight

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“Delicious Access…”

In the last few Things, we looked at alternative ways of sharing your research. In order to give your research proper academic credibility, it is important to provide readers with links to peer-reviewed, published articles. However, this presents the reader with a problem: Access.

(If your research is not yet published, there is also the problem of copyright, which we talked about in Thing 8.)

Traditionally, research is written up into articles, which are submitted to a publisher, peer reviewed, and then published in an academic journal (if you want to know more about this process come to our publishing workshops). Institutions must pay both to submit the article, and to buy the access to the article (called a journal subscription).

This limits the availability of academic papers to subscribing institutions, journal members, and one-off fee-payers.

Open Access is about making research papers freely available to anyone who is interested.

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