Writing for Robots Getting your research noticed in the age of algorithms

1234f1a875369df95753efe40ee9471c?s=47 William Gunn
January 21, 2012

Writing for Robots Getting your research noticed in the age of algorithms

My talk proposal for Science Online 2012 was on content discovery strategies for researchers.


William Gunn

January 21, 2012


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    William Gunn Head of Academic Outreach william.gunn@mendeley.com @mrgunn Writing for

    Robots Getting your research noticed in the age of algorithms
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    How do people find research? 10 of the 18+ methods

    don’t involve the publisher at all, including 3/4 of the top methods!
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    Highly Tweeted articles are 11x more likely to be highly

    cited. (Eysenbach 2011) http://www.jmir.org/2011/4/e123/ The higher the impact factor, the more likely the research is to be retracted, partly due to intense competition. http://bjoern.brembs.net/news766.html.11 Impact Factor is negotiated by the journals and does not reflect actual citations! http://jcb.rupress.org/content/179/6/1091.fu ll http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/ 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030291 What matters is who is reading your work!
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    Make your work available for discovery Publishing: •provides RSS feeds

    •gives download stats •provides machine readable PDFs •Allows easy bookmarking on Mendeley or tweeting •Allows self-archiving Writing: •Include DOIs where possible •Cite datasets •Include database identifiers •Link to raw data & make it available (possibly via sharing services)
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    Public Service Announcement The government is making decisions on what

    you’re allowed to do with your publications, mostly without taking input from you. They have taken input, as well as millions of dollars in lobbying contributions, from publishers such as Elsevier (anagram: evil seer) There is a bill, supported by the Association of American Publishers that will destroy Pubmed Central and prohibit federal agencies from requiring that work published with their funds(taxpayer derived) from being placed in public access repositories. What you can do: Read about it: http://www.michaeleisen.org/blog/?p=807 http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/can-aap-members-stay-neutral- in-row.html •Call your representative and let them know they’ll be held responsible. •Sign the petition: https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/hr3699/report •Tell journals you won’t peer review for them if they support RWA •https://docs.google.com/document/d/1p2X0nqY250kYVfVbmXT3OuG dhKFif1JtdrOh3hQKy-g
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