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Research Metrics Challenge

Research Metrics Challenge

Research metrics are becoming increasingly important in academia in tenure and promotion and driving grants. Syracuse University Libraries recognizes the need for faculty and other researchers to better understand metrics, as well as, how and why they are applied. The SUL Research Metrics Challenge seeks to introduce participants to research metrics through a series of self-paced exercises. The Research Metrics Challenge will introduce SU community members to the different tools used in compiling useful metrics, how web-based profiling tools can influence or amplify scholarly impact, and help develop an understanding of how metrics shape the research landscape for individuals and institutions.

The Research Metrics Challenge is organized in tabs by suggested order of completion and impact value.

SU Libraries' Research Metrics Challenge is loosely based on the 30-day impact challenge: the ultimate guide to raising the profile of your research, by Stacy Konkiel and the work of several other institutions.

If you need any help along the way, please contact your subject librarian.

ORCID​s (or ORCID iDs if you like redundancy) are permanent, unique identifiers for researchers. They protect your unique identity and help you keep your publication record up-to-date with very little effort.

ORCID​, which is an acronym for ​Open Researcher and Contributor ID​, was founded in 2012 as a non-profit organization comprised of publishers, funders, and institutions like Nature Publishing Group, Wellcome Trust, and Cornell University. Over 5 millions researchers have ORCID iDs so far, and the number continues to grow. 

Setting up your ORCID profile will help you claim your correct, complete publication record and will automatically sync with other services.

ORCID Challenge

  1. Register for an ORCID.
  2. Make sure your ORCID profile is set up and as complete as possible.
  3. Check over your Works list to be sure all of your scholarly output is present.
  4. Add grants you’ve received in the Funding section (NSF, NIH, Wellcome Trust, and some other funders’ grants can be automatically imported).
  5. Connect your ORCID profile to any other scholarly profiles that you may already have on the web. Visit the ORCID Research Guide for more information.
  1. Set up a Google Scholar profile, if you haven't already. Google Scholar will automatically update your profile when it finds new publication it believes are yours.
  2. Google Scholar can only automate so much. To fully complete your Google Scholar profile, you will need to manually add any missing articles. To do so, follow these steps:
  • click the “+” button in the grey toolbar above your listed articles
  • select “Add articles manually” from the dropdown menu
  • on the next screen you can add new papers to your profile. Include as much descriptive information as possible – it makes it easier for Google Scholar to find citations to your work
  • click “Save (the blue check mark at the top right of the window)” after you’ve finished adding your article metadata and repeat until all of your publications are on Google Scholar
  1. Clean up your Google Scholar Profile data. Thanks to Google Scholar Profiles’ “auto add” functionality, your profile might include some articles you did not author. If that is the case, you can remove them in one of two ways:
  • clicking on the title of each offending article to get to the article’s page, and then clicking the trash can in the top right of the pop up window
  • from the main profile page, ticking the boxes next to each incorrect article and selecting “Delete” from the grey bar above your articles
  1. Sign up for alerts. You can keep a close eye on what articles are automatically added to your profile by signing up for alerts and manually removing any incorrect additions that appear. Here is how to sign up for alerts:
  • click the blue “Follow” button at the top of your profile
  • select “New articles in my profile”
  • enter the email address where you want these alerts sent
  • click “DONE”
  1. Export your publications list in BibTex format. There will likely be a time when you will want to export your Google Scholar publications to another service. Please note: signing up for ORCiD first will allow you to more easily sync your work. If you would like to forge ahead and export in BibTeX format, here is how:
  • tick the box next to each article whose details you want to export and, if you want to export all your articles, tick the box to the left of TITLE in the gray bar above the list of your works
  • click the "Export" button, and then choose BibTeX to export your file
  • you will get a browser window with your citations in BibTeX format, which you can then “Save as…” or copy/paste to a text editor and save
  • using the same instructions above, you can also download your citations as a .csv file or for EndNote (these files download directly to your computer)

*Special note: Google Scholar is just one source for citations. Researchers in the basic sciences, for example, often utilize Scopus and Web of Science (subscription databases available from SU Libraries) in addition to Google Scholar (free). Each scope different bodies of literature, so your citation counts will likely be different in each. Be aware that Google Scholar citation counts will expand and contract over time; since this is crawling web content, the change reflects additions and detractions of content on the web. It is best to check with peers in your discipline or the chair of your department in order to establish your best course of action. Some disciplines prefer to use Google Scholar because it not only captures many traditional publications, but also shows impact in grey literature, such as conference papers, technical reports, patents, etc. that may not be included in either Scopus or Web of Science.

Experts@Syracuse is a research information management tool that enables insights into the scholarly expertise and collaborative opportunities that exist within Syracuse University. It is designed to help faculty members, departments, and potential collaborators identify who is working in what research or scholarly areas at Syracuse University. Experts@Syracuse is a collaborative initiative co-sponsored by the Office of Research and the Syracuse University Libraries.

Experts@Syracuse Challenge: Start Building Your Experts Profile

  1. Go to the Experts homepage.
  2. Go to "Edit your Profile" in the middle of the page OR scroll to the bottom of the page and login to Pure using your SU NetID.

While Experts inputs items from many categories automatically, some content, such as conference talks, requires manual entry. Items that are added automatically are noted on this page of the Experts@Syracuse Profile Management research guide.

For instructions in adding content types to your profile, go to this page of the Profile Management research guide.

Your subject librarian can provide assistance if you have further questions.

SURFACE, the Syracuse University Research Facility and Collaborative Environment, is a full-text, multi media online database that provides open access to the extensive and diverse array of scholarly, professional, scientific and creative output produced at Syracuse University. In other words it is Syracuse University's institutional repository that helps amplify research conducted here at SU worldwide.

SURFACE Challenge: Submit One or More Articles to SURFACE

  1. Identify an eligible journal publication. If you need help with this, contact SU Libraries' SURFACE team.
  2. Review SURFACE.
  3. When ready, choose SURFACE submission. Follow the instructions.

Publishing in an Open Access (OA) Publication Challenge

  1. Read through Open Access (OA) Research Guide.
  2. Publish in an Open Access Journal.
  • using one of the tools mentioned on the “Discovering OA Publications” sub-tab, identify two Open Access journals where your work might fit
  • identify funding sources that are available to you for publishing in OA journals

For more information regarding funding available for publishing in an open access publication, contact your college/school research office or the Office of Research.

Altmetrics Challenge

  1. View this “Beginners guide to altmetrics” video. This short video explains what altmetrics are, how they can be applied to your research, and how they can complement citation based metrics. For more information read through the Altmetrics tab in this research guide.
  2. Create your Altmetric Bookmarklet. The “Altmetric It!”  Bookmarklet is a free tool for researchers to use to find altmetrics for specific outputs.
  • download the bookmarklet from Altmetric’s website by dragging the button onto your browser’s toolbar and (for best results) use Chrome
  • on the landing page for a journal article, you can highlight the DOI with your cursor and then click the “Altmetric  It” button so that a popup will appear with a snapshot of attention associated with that output
  • you can also generate badges to include in your researcher’s CV and generating an altmetrics badge (whether the Altmetric Donut or the Plum Print) is very straightforward
  • select a unique identifier, for example a DOI
  • go to the Plum Print webpage or the Altmetric Donut page
  • input the DOI in the Badge Builder
  • copy and paste the code into your webpage’s source code, or take a screenshot of the Altmetric badge or Plum Print to add to your CV

This internationally-based site is primarily designed for networking.

LinkedIn Challenge

  1. If you do not already have a LinkedIn profile, set one up.
  2. Add at least three of your most important publications to your profile. To add publications:
  • go to your profile page (Me > View Profile)
  • select the down arrow in the blue box labeled “Add profile section”
  • click the down arrow next to “Accomplishments” (Your screen may flicker or seem to freeze when you do this; it’s okay. You may also have to then return to the down arrow in the blue box. When you do so, the “Accomplishments” list will expand.)
  • click the “+” next to “Publications”
  • add the basic publication information manually (title, publication/publisher, date)
  • consider adding awards, patents, projects, certifications, etc.
  1. Next, make it easy for others to view your profile. 
  • check your “public profile” settings
  • go to your profile page (Me > View Profile)
  • at the top right, select “Edit Public Profile & URL”
  1. Check your privacy settings.
  • from your profile page, choose “Me,” and then
  • choose “Settings & Privacy” from the drop down menu and step through each of the pages: Account, Privacy, Ads, Communications, and scroll down to change your settings
  1. Select content for:
  • public display (to anyone in the world)
  • display to just LinkedIn users
  • display to “your network” only (2 choices)
    • display to your connections, your connections’ connections, and to your connections’ connections’ connections – in other words, three degrees of connection
    • display only to your connections
  1. Expand Your Network by requesting an introduction to one new contact. Keep your requests for introductions to “2nd degree connections”– that is, friends of friends – because your chances of getting a meaningful introduction to a stranger through a friend of a friend of a friend depends on too many variables to be successful. Here's How to Ask for a LinkedIn Introduction.