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Reflections on the “Top 10 Tips on How to Make Your Open Access Research Visible Online”

Posted by Brian Kelly on 13 December 2012

Top 10 Tips on How to Make Your Open Access Research Visible Online

Open Access Yesterday I received an email which informed me that contribution to the Jisc Inform online newsletter (issue 35, December 2012) had been published. The article on Top 10 Tips on How to Make Your Open Access Research Visible Online is based on a blog post originally published on the Networked Researcher blog which was tweaked slightly and republished on the Jisc blog. The version published in the Jisc Inform newsletter includes a series of images to accompany each of the ten tips.

The tips were originally developed to accompany a series of presentations given at the universities of Exeter, Salford and Bath during Open Access Week. These presentations were based on the experiences gained in use of social media to help maximise access to peer-reviewed publications. In particular the tips documented the experiences of use of social media services such as blogs, Twitter and Slideshare to help maximise the readership of a paper entitled “A Challenge to Web Accessibility Metrics and Guidelines: Putting People and Processes First“.

The Complexities Behind the Tips

It is interesting to see how the advice initially given in a one-hour seminar can be distilled into a series on top tips. The sceptic may be dismissive of the value of reducing the complexities of open practices for researchers to a series of top tips. However at the recent SpotOn 2012 conference in sessions such as How to do Smart Journalism on Complex Science the value of science writers in being able to communicate complex scientific ideas in ways which can be understood by the general public was emphasised. The challenges, however, was to ensure that those with a deeper interest in the complexities can be able to access resources which provide more in-depth discussions.

Sldie on Slideshare statisticsIn the case of the Top 10 Tips on How to Make Your Open Access Research Visible Online more detailed information was provided in the slides of the original talk. In addition, as illustrated the slides also contain links to further information. In the example shown evidence that being proactive in ensuring that the co-authors of the paper provided links to the presentation on their blog posts and Twitter channels can be seen from the large numbers of views of the slides during the week of the conference.

The limitations of Slideshare statistics was mentioned, but the slide also contain a link to the usage statistics which showed how the accompanying paper was, at the time, the most downloaded of my peer-reviewed papers which had been deposited in the University of Bath repository this year.

In addition to the more detailed information provided in the slides during the presentation itself I expanded on a number of issues, including responding to questions raised during the talk. A post has been published on the JISC-funded Open Exeter blog about the Open Access Week @ Exeter which includes a series of videos of the invited presentations. The video of my talk is available on YouTube and embedded below. I hope this additional information complements the top 10 tips published in Jisc Inform.


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6 Responses to “Reflections on the “Top 10 Tips on How to Make Your Open Access Research Visible Online””

  1. Opus has an RSS feed of new items http://opus.bath.ac.uk/cgi/latest_tool?output=RSS2 RSS feeds can be very useful for making research more visible. They can be used by individuals, or aggregated by various services. Some repositories don’t have RSS feeds, and where they don’t, researchers should encourage their admin to produce one. Working from the other direction, as it were, my post http://roddymacleod.wordpress.com/2011/11/10/where-to-find-new-scholarly-research-papers-30-key-free-websites/ lists 30 freely available websites and services that help anyone find details of new scholarly research. Some of these concern repositories, and all have something to do with RSS. That post gets a lot of hits (12,030 total views so far), and one thing this shows is how many people are looking for new research, and having problems doing so (as most people land on that post after searching in Google, etc, for “How to find new research papers” and similar)

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