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Visualization of Research #dtk43 #dtk43_10 #Mendeley #Altmetrics

August 5, 2012, The Japan Academic Librarians’ Association (a voluntary institution of researchers from librarians and clerks engaging on professional works; since 1970) had its annual conference at Kyoto. Since I am a Mendeley Advisor, honored to perform a presentation at “research empowering, research management tools” sectionary workshop.

In general, research empowerments at libraries include several schools, but here in this sectionary workshop we refer to EndNote, RefWorks, Mendeley and so on, to discuss the literature management tools. Besides, our consensus here is that librarians’ further research empowerment could be achieved.

Here’s a copy of my handout of my presentation:

Mendeley is a research management tool. You can find, however, that Mendeley is a powerful Self-archiving platform, on which you can rely to assess your research. Additionally, Mendeley always provides you with the center of new metrics.
“Research Visibility” was the title of my presentation, which introduced Mendeley as the owesome kind of research management service.

  • Self-archiving platform

Mendeley has a feature that allows users registrate their literature on their own. This makes you publish the literature list on Mendeley site and your blog. You can easily share your literature on Mendeley pages.
You can also see some statistics about how many people have been reading and downloading your publications here.
Hopefully on this feature Mendeley surges popularity of Open Access (Self-archiving).
While JISC DURA project, which syncronizes Mendeley and Institutional Repository, has been launched successfully, there are several approaches including the sync via Symprectics service. Thus Mendeley and Institutional Repository help each other to share the effectiveness.

  • center of new metrics

Mendeley provides you with the center of new metrics for researchers.
Mendeley shares a plenty of library information and analytics logs (Mendeley API). In 2011, an application development contest “Binary Battle” was took place by co-effort of Mendeley and PLoS (Public Library of Science).
The idea was that both Mendeley and PLoS have an open API.
Through the contest several services begun, including Android app, openSNF(won the most valuable player’s prize on “Binary Battle”), etc. In particular, many people appreciated the effectiveness of applications which make visible the academic impact. In general, we call them Altmetrics tool.

altmetrics is the creation and study of new metrics based on the Social Web for analyzing, and informing scholarship.
Their vision is summarized in:
J. Priem, D. Taraborelli, P. Groth, C. Neylon (2010), Altmetrics: A manifesto, (v.1.0), 26 October 2010.
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ReaderMeter, for example, is a mashup visualizing author-level and article-level statistics based on the consumption of scientific content by a large cialis online sales population of readers. Readership data is obtained via the Mendeley API.

Another one is called ScienceCard. ScienceCard is a web service that collects all scientific works published by an author and displays their aggregate work-level metrics. ScienceCard allows a researcher to create and maintain a researcher profile with minimal effort, and to export and reuse this information elsewhere.

This is very much the approach that goes together well with the title: research visibility. Mendeley forms the basics.
Besides, Mendeley does not depend on third-party services in order to make researches visible. Mendeley affords itself with the visibility at Mendeley Institutional Edition (MIE).
Mr. Fukada, the Chairman of Swets Japan, compared the institutional version to “The Diving Mirror Glass.” He used the metaphor of viewing fishes (academic information) in the sea (institution). Such a keen perception, indeed.

The success of Mendeley and Altmetrics describes how we enter into the trend in the academic communication.
We could discuss on further development among researchers, so we could enhance research visibility in this trend.



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