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Library Workshop: Tools for Measuring Research Impact

Image of open three-ring binder with headline "Tools for Measuring Research Impact"Are you working on your dossier and need to demonstrate the impact your work has made? Don’t know the difference between an impact factor and an Eigenfactor? Not sure how to find out which journals in your field are the best? This workshop is for you! Workshop presenters will provide an overview of established and alternative methods for assessing the influence of published scholarship.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 3:00PM – 5:00PM (join at any time)
WHERE: Laws Hall 116 (B.E.S.T. Library)

This workshop will be helpful for faculty members and graduate students in all disciplines.

Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of how to locate and calculate metrics for journal, institutional, and personal research impact, including Journal Impact Factors, h-index, Eigenfactor, social media-based metrics, and more. Participants will also gain an appreciation for the limitations of publication metrics and the varied suitability of different metrics for different academic fields and different types of publications.

We look forward to you joining us!

 

Get Rewarded for Using the Libraries!

Typewriter image with information about the Libraries' Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE).  Flyer verbiage is: Get Rewarded for Using the Libraries! First Prize 00. Second Prize: $500. Honorable Mention: 00. Are you a sophomore, junior, or senior who has used or is using Library resources (books, research databases, software, librarians, space, and more) to help complete a project? Then YOU are eligible to apply for Miami’s newest competitive award. Spring cycle submissions are due:

The Miami University Libraries are proud to announce the inaugural Libraries’ Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE). This award – open to individual and group projects in all disciplines – focuses on research as a process and the utilization of library-related resources and services.

If you’re a sophomore, junior, or senior who has used (or is using) Library resources to help complete a project, then YOU are eligible to apply for this competitive award. Spring cycle submissions are due March 18, 2016. Award winners will be announced by April 20, 2016, in time for the Undergraduate Research Forum.

Have we mentioned the fantastic prizes?

First Prize: $1000!

Second Prize: $500!

Honorable Mention: $100!

You can find all the information you need, including evaluation criteria and example essays, at the LAURE website at http://libguides.lib.miamioh.edu/LAURE/home, but if you still have questions you can email LAURE@miamioh.edu.

 

Miami's Scholarly Commons: A Door to Open Access

Open access is all about making it easier for people to share information – especially scholarly information. By making your articles, presentations, working papers, data, and other research products openly available, your impact reach increases! The easier it is to access your work, the easier it is to cite your work.

Miami’s Scholarly Commons is free to the Miami University community, and its new enhancements make it simple to use.  By uploading your work to the Scholarly Commons, your scholarship will be gathered in one location that will be preserved.

Enhancements to the Scholarly Commons include:

  • A new faculty profile option: Create your own scholar’s profile with picture, bio, C.V., links to social media accounts, research interests, etc.  Your profile seamlessly integrates with your collection of full text articles in the Scholarly Commons.  You’ll get a permanent URL that connects directly to your scholar’s profile.
     

  • Metrics: As people view and download your works, they are counted.  You can now see how many times your work has been downloaded and which countries have your fans.

 

  It’s simple and easy to get started, and these short videos show the process step by step:

Or go directly to sc.lib.miamioh.edu and log in using your Miami unique I.D. and password.

Would you like more information about the benefits of uploading to the Scholarly Commons? Would your department benefit from a short presentation about the benefits of openly sharing your work?

Contact your liaison librarian who would be happy to work with you!

Happy Open Access Week!  Happy sharing!

Sharing Your Work in the Scholarly Commons

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Have you done work you’re proud of?

Do you want to share it so that others can read and build upon it?

Institutional repositories are widely used to make scholarship freely accessible on the Web. The Scholarly Commons is Miami University’s institutional repository, and students are now eligible to deposit their work there. Share your work with the world, and reap the rewards of an open system of scholarship!
 

Familiarize yourself with Miami’s Scholarly Commons!
The Scholarly Commons makes research available to a wider audience, and it is administered by the Miami University Libraries to help ensure its long-term preservation. Familiarize yourself by visiting the Scholarly Commons at http://sc.lib.miamioh.edu, and then browse the F.A.Q. at http://sc.lib.miamioh.edu/FAQ.html. The Scholarly Commons is open to any Miami University faculty member, student, department, lab, research unit, or staff member. Submission is easy, and the Scholarly Commons accepts many different kinds of files. Anyone with access to the Internet and a web browser can search, view, and download items from the Scholarly Commons.
 

If you're an undergraduate student, talk with your professors about sponsoring your work!
Undergraduate work submitted to the Scholarly Commons requires a faculty sponsor. The sponsor should be the professor who is most familiar with the work you would like to submit and who can vouch for its originality and quality. Your professors will be happy to help you get your work out there, and the process is easy. So ask a professor today! Your work will help increase Miami University’s visibility, prestige, and public value. Even better, it will help you by providing a place where you can showcase your work!
 

Understand why institutional repositories such as the Scholarly Commons are important!
View a 3 ½ minute video about institutional repositories on YouTube to better understand how institutional repositories work and why they’re important. This short video is from James Neal at Columbia University, and the same concepts apply to Miami’s Scholarly Commons. Just go to http://youtu.be/Ang4XnG3n6Q.

 

Follow the conversations on Twitter!
Follow @miamiuoa, @miamiulibraries, @R2RC, and @SPARC_NA to keep up with ongoing developments about open access and institutional repositories. #oaweek

 
Image credit: 2008-01-26 (Editing a paper) - 19 © Nic McPhee. Used under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.