Updates in Scholarly Communications Series Highlights
This spring, Himmelfarb held a series of speaker and panel events about scholarly communication. The Updates in Scholarly Communication: Publishing, Impact, and Visibility series consisted of six sessions focused on various aspects of scholarly publishing. In case you missed a session or just want to review what was discussed, archived recordings of these sessions are available on Himmelfarb’s YouTube channel. Each event was also live Tweeted, so take a look at Himmelfarb’s Twitter feed (@HimmelfarbGW) for bits of wisdom shared throughout each session.
The series kicked off with a presentation titled Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy by Dr. Bart Trawick, Ph.D. of the National Library of Medicine (NCBI/NLM/NIH). Dr. Trawick provided a fantastic overview of the NIH Public Access Policy, various pathways to compliance, and the SciENcv BioSketch and My Bibliography tools.
During the Predatory Publishing: What You Don’t Know, Can Hurt You session, Ruth Bueter, Serials and Systems Librarian, and Tamara Ritsema, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies spoke about the growing threat of predatory publishers. Topics discussed included techniques predatory publishers use to target authors, various red flags to watch for, and what to do if you are solicited by a questionable publisher.
The Writing a Successful Scientific Abstract session was presented by panelist Dr. Phyllis Ryder, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Writing and Deputy Director of the GW Writing Center, and Dr. Linda L. Werling, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology. Panelists shared strategies and tips for writing article abstracts that will increase the chances of an article being accepted for publication in top-quality journals.
During the Promoting Your Research: Tips and Strategies session, Stacey Konkiel of Altmetric discussed alternative metrics and how you can leverage these metrics to promote your research. An Experiences with Open Access Publishing session was presented by four panelist who discussed the benefits of publishing in open access journals, how to use research funding to pay author fees, the peer-review process, and the overall experience compared to the traditional publishing model. The archived recording for these sessions will be posted soon.
A final, hands-on session titled Establishing Your Scholarly Web Presence demonstrated various online tools researchers can use to promote their research and attendees signed up for tools such as Research Gate, Mendeley, and ORCID.