Beyond the traditional avenues of presenting research at conferences, seminars, etc, authors can create a conversation around their article through various online platforms like ResearchGate or Twitter. Online conversations through social media platforms can increase the number of article downloads.
ResearchGate – This is a free tool that can be used by authors to share publications, and communicate with authors on related topics. Conversing with other authors can lead to future collaborations. *Please note, full-text publications should not be shared on ResearchGate without permission from the copyright holder. Copyright for the final published article is typically signed over to the publisher when an author agrees to submit for publication. The safest way to avoid copyright infringement is to review your copyright agreement before publishing. See more here.
Twitter – Twitter is a microblogging site that offers a quick way to share publications with colleagues, possible collaborators, students, patients, and the public. Authors can create a professional Twitter account to share publications and other professional activities. Note: Review MD Anderson’s social media policies on Inside before creating an account. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
MD Anderson faculty members can work with their departmental Adobe Experience Manager to enhance their public MD Anderson faculty profiles. This includes updating their photos, adding a social media account feed, and adding additional media to a profile. Adding a news story, extra photos, or a video about your research can help to create a more personalized and personable profile.
Traditionally, authors have tracked publication impact through citation counts. Databases like Scopus allow anyone to search for an article and see who has cited the article since it was published. Citation counts can take months or years to appear.
Altmetrics can be used to determine who is talking about an article online. They measure an immediate impact of the article in the news, on social media platforms, and even on Wikipedia.
Altmetrics for MD Anderson can be found in the Altmetric Explorer. Explorer allows MD Anderson users to search by department or faculty member.
Readers can also download the Altmetric bookmarklet for their web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari), and review an individual article.
An author or researcher profile is an online profile that showcases a researcher’s body of work. A researcher profile typically includes the author's name, affiliation, and a full list of academic publications. Profiles may also include citation counts, an h-index, name variations, and links out to personal or professional websites. Profiles are either created by the author themselves or generated in major academic databases.
Research profiles are important because they increase the online visibility of an author. These profiles also help authors claim their publications and maintain an accurate publication and citation count. The accuracy of this information is beneficial when applying for promotion, tenure, future jobs, or grant applications.
Pure – Pure is a public profile created for all full-time faculty members and fellows at MD Anderson. Each profile includes a photo, contact information, a citation count, h-index, and a list of publications. The data for Pure is pulled from the Scopus database but can be edited. Questions about editing your photo, contact information or publications in Pure? Contact Laurissa Gann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ORCiD – ORCiD is a free profile that anyone can create at any time. An ORCiD profile should include the author's current position and publications. Authors can also add their education, funding, and citations for other works which might include conference posters, presentations, patents, software, and public data sets. Once an author creates an ORCiD profile, they are assigned an ORCiD ID which remains with them throughout their career. Need help getting started? Contact Laurissa Gann at email@example.com.
Scopus – Scopus is a biomedical database that creates and maintains author profiles based on the publications in the database. These profiles are only available to those who have a subscription to Scopus, so they are not easily accessible outside of major academic institutions. The author profiles in Scopus feed the public Pure profiles. Contact the library at RML-Help@mdanderson.org if you have questions about editing your Scopus profile.
MD Anderson Faculty Profiles – MD Anderson faculty profiles are publicly available on the main MD Anderson website. These profiles are maintained through FIS, departmental Adobe Experience Managers, and Integrated Media. Learn more on Inside.