Sunday, 7 August 2022

Open Science is like a buffet*: take what you can and what benefits you now – come back for more!


Open Science is like a buffet*: take what you can and what benefits you now – come back for more!

Author: Esther Plomp

This overview highlights resources that are available for TU Delft researchers in their Open Science journey. Please see the poster for the full visual representation with the links embedded.

Open Data

Data Steward & Data Champions

Research Support TU Delft Library

Digital Competence Center (Data Managers)

Managing and Sharing Data in 2021

Policy: Research Data at TU Delft & Faculties

Open Software

GitHub/GitLab (& 4TU.ResearchData/Zenodo integration)

Support from the Digital Competence Center (Research Software Engineers)

Training: Carpentries/Code Refinery

TU Delft Research Software Policy facilitates sharing of Research Software

Open Engagement

Engagement is part of the TU Delft Core values (DIRECT)

‘Outreach and public engagement are core elements’ (TU Delft strategic priorities 2022)

Online discussion and presentation platforms such as the Virtual Science Forum

Open Education

A new policy on Open Educational Resources will be ‘a starting to point to make Open Education the default approach for teaching at TU Delft’ – TU Delft Strategic Priorities 2022

MOOCs / Open Course Ware

Open Publishing

82% Open Access

TU Delft Open Publishing

TU Delft Open Access Fund (up to €2000 for gold open access)

Publishing deals (check the Journal Browser)

Support for sustainable publishing (SciPost)

How to publish Plan S compliant?

You share, we take care (Taverne)

Open Participation

‘There is no open science if science is not open to all’ (Whitaker and Guest 2020)

Open Science Community TU Delft (@OSCDelft)

Diversity and Inclusion at TU Delft

Citizen Science

Open Methods

Electronic lab Notebooks (RSpace/eLABjournal) (PLOS)

Open Evaluation

‘Open science and education can play an important role in improving the quality of our work and stimulating the use of our knowledge and findings by others’ – TU Delft Recognition & Rewards Perspective 2021 – 2024

The Dutch position paper Room for everyone’s talent aims to recognise a wider range of academic contributions

Strategy Evaluation Protocol (SEP) – 2021-2027 has Open Science as a main assessment criteria

Open Hardware

Open Hardware Community Delft (@DelftOpenHW)

More information:

TU Delft Open Science Programme 2020-2024

*The term Open Science Buffet has been coined by Christina Bergmann in 2019.

Wednesday, 3 August 2022

ESB Webinar "Research Tools for: Collecting, Writing, Publishing and Disseminating your Research"


ESB Webinar "Research Tools for: Collecting, Writing, Publishing and Disseminating your Research"

When: 31/05/2022 - 31/05/2022
Where: Online

On 31 May 2022, the ESB will host a webinar to introduce “Research Tools” to enable researchers to collect, organize, analyze, visualize and publicize research outputs. This webinar will provide an overview of the most important tools from searching the literature to disseminating the researcher’s outputs.

The e-skills learned from the workshop are useful across various research disciplines and research institutions. By the end of this webinar, attendees will learn how to:

  • More efficiently use the tools that are available on the Net.
  • Evaluate the types of literature that researchers will encounter.
  • Convert the information of the search for a written document.
  • Search and analyze the right journal to submit.
  • Improve their publication’s visibility and impact

The webinar will be conducted by Dr. Nader Ale Ebrahim who is well-known as the creator of “Research Tools” Box. Dr. Nader holds a PhD in Technology Management from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya. Dr. Nader has collected over 700 tools that enable researchers to follow the correct path in research and ultimately produce high-quality research outputs with more accuracy and efficiency. Dr. Nader currently works as a “Research Visibility and Impact” freelancer consultant. Dr. Nader is also an adjunct lecturer at Alzahra University. He was working as a visiting research fellow with the Institute of Management and Research Services (IPPP), the University of Malaya from 2013 to November 2017. His current research interests are University rankings, Open access, Research visibility, Research Tools, and Bibliometrics. Dr. Nader provides assistance and guidance for researchers in disseminating and promoting their research work in order to enhance their research visibility and impact, as well as citations. He believes that the research cycle does not end with publications alone, thus he encourages pro-activeness in the dissemination of research outputs.

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7 Useful Research Profiling Tools Every Researcher Must Know


7 Useful Research Profiling Tools Every Researcher Must Know

Researcher profiles
7 Useful Research Profiling Tools Every Researcher Must Know

Here I list 7 researcher profiling tools for the academic researchers. These platforms make your data and scholarly publications easier to search, access and share.

Researcher profiles not only boost author identification but also author exposure in their domain. So, it is important to have a good online presence as a researcher.

A researcher profile that is administered in a successful manner assists you to enhance the visibility and research impact of an author’s scholarly works.

Using the tool you can maximize your research impact and visibility.

The research profiling tools allow you to measure your research impact online.

In this article, I list seven emerging research profiling tools to make your research more visible and publicly available.

Some of these researcher profiles platforms are proprietary, while others are not-for-profit organizations.

By creating a researcher profile for yourself as a researcher, you will be able to:

  • promote your research and teaching activities
  • improve your chance of being cited
  • find new collaborators and funding sources
  • increase the chance of publications getting cited
  • correct attribution, names and affiliations
  • use the same profile for a long time, even if your institution changes.

Useful Research Profiling Tools for Academic Researcher

Now, I am going to share with you the following research profiling tools:


ORCID is an open, nonprofit, community-driven effort to create and maintain an international system of researcher IDs.

ORCID iD(Open Researcher and Contributor iD) is a free, unique, persistent identifier that you own and control.

The ID is a digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher across disciplines and time.

You can integrate ORCID iD with your professional information like affiliations, publications, peer review, and more.

It also helps you to improve discoverability and recognition.

Anyone who participates in research, the scholarship can register an ORCID iD for themselves free of charge.

you can use the same iD forever even if your name changes or you move to a different organization, discipline.

# Google Scholar Profile

The Google Scholar researcher profile displays the list of publications in Google Scholar with basic metrics.

In addition to journal papers, it also includes books and reports.

Google Scholar gives you automatically reading suggestions based on your citations, once you create your account.

You can track new papers and citations (of yourself and/or others).

I discussed Google Scholar in a previous post on best digital tools for academic research every researcher needs to know.

Besides, I demonstrated how to set up a search alert in Google Scholar in my earlier blog.

# is one of the most important media for researchers. It was launched in 2008.

In order to share research papers easily with millions of people across the world for free, Academia plays a pivotal role.

Like Researchgate, Academia is a large multidisciplinary academic research social networking tool.  It allows you to connect research scholars around your topics.

Using a built-in search, you can add papers from Microsoft Academic, PubMed, and ArXiv.

Besides, you can also add full-text research articles.

Although the procedure is simple, the coverage is not as extensive as Google Scholar.

Over the course of five years, papers posted to Academia receive a 69 percent increase in citations, according to a study.

At the time of writing this post, 162,445,880 academics and researchers have joined this network.

To access, you can sign up using your google account and Facebook account.

# Researcher ID on Publons

ResearcherID is a unique identifier for academic researchers on Publons, Web of Science.

Web of Science ResearcherID is now on Publons.  ResearcherID, which has been migrated to Publons in April 2019, is the author identifier used in Web of Science.

ResearcherID is the profile tool from Web of Science and the Journal Citation Reports.

It also offers a public profile. You can choose what to show publicly. 

You can see your personal Researcher ID at the top-right of most pages on Publons along with your profile and private dashboard.

To become eligible for a Web of Science ResearcherID, you just register on publons and import your research publications from the web of science.

If you do not have any Web of Science indexed publications but require a Web of Science ResearcherID please follow this link to generate the account.

Publons is the new environment where you can benefit from the improved Web of Science ResearcherID, add your publications, track your citations, and manage your Web of Science record.

For details please see the ResearcherID-Publons FAQs.

# Scopus Author ID

The Scopus Author ID is not a researcher profile site, but helps author recognition and disambiguation when searching publications.

By checking the correctness of publications assigned to your Scopus Author ID, you will certainly help others finding your stuff.

For tracking your publications indexed in the Scopus citation database you can use Scopus author ID.

In addition to that, the Scopus author ID lets you build the metric report e.g. total citations and h-index to be accurately calculated based on Scopus data.

A Scopus Author ID is automatically generated the first time one of your publications is indexed in Scopus.

There are two ways to find your Scopus ID & locate your profile in Scopus:

i) Using a Document Search

ii) Using an author search

Many scholars are unaware that they already have a Scopus ID.

You can connect your author Id to ORCID ID. All you need to do is search for one of your publications from Scopus.

After searching, you navigate to the Author Details page and then click on ‘Add to ORCID’.


A Mendeley account lets you retrieve many of Mendeley’s features and services online. You do not need to install any software to access these facilities.

Using the account, you can access, update and manage your personal library of references.

Mendeley’s account allows you to build and maintain the Mendeley personal profile.

In order to find and connect with other academic researchers, you can use this account.

This tool permits you to review your publication statistics.

You can access the features of Mendeley using the web browser, you do not need to install any software.

To get started, visit

# Researchgate

ResearchGate is a social network for academic researchers.

The researcher profiling tool allows you to share your scholarly materials and find collaborators as well.

Using this platform you can ask questions across disciplines and borders, that have the same set of interests and specializations.

Researchgate lets you populate your publications list automatically or  add manually.

By using social media for academic research, you can enhance your research visibility and its impact. In order to promote research in universities, these platforms play a pivotal role.

Researcher profiles ensure that all of your research and publications are properly credited.

In my earlier post, I wrote on the best emerging digital tools for academic research every researcher needs to know ( awareness of academic social networking sites for researchers).

It is worth mentioning that Scopus Author ID, Researcher  ID, Google Scholar profile provide citation counts and author metrics as well, whereas ORCID does not.

In this blog post, I listed 7 useful researcher profiling tools for academic researchers.

Hopefully, this post was useful to you! What other researcher profiling tools have you used for enhancing your research visibility and impact?

We would love to hear from you. Please feel free to comment below.



Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Scholarship Impact Metrics


Scholarship Impact Metrics

Introduction to scholarship impact metrics and the ways to increase the overall impact.

Reminder: Online Access

  • Library resources require going through CWRU Single Sign-On.
  • The best method is to follow links from the library website.
  • When logged in and a browser window is not closed, access should continue from resource to resource.
  • Remember to close your browser when done.

Maximize Impact

There are three key factors that can help in increasing the research impact:

  • VISIBILITY - increased visibility means larger audience  
    • write to be found: write effective titles and abstracts, assign keywords, tags, and subjects, use synonyms, use SVG images (so there could be indexed and retrieved)
    • consider publishing negative or inconclusive results 
    • enhance your publications with supplemental materials (tables, datasets, filesets, presentations, video and audio files, etc)
    • retain copyright - this will allow you to maximize your options for dissemination
    • choose open access publishing (open access, fee-based open access, or delayed open access journals)
    • use social media to disseminate information on your papers and research 
    • develop your academic profile so it will include all your academic and social media scholarly activity  (post manuscripts of publications, conference abstracts, and supplemental materials such as images, illustrations, slides, specimens, blogs, podcasts,etc.) and the extent of your academic network.
  • CONSISTENCY - ensure that all your works are collected under your name
    • create your unique ID - eliminate author ambiguity by creating unique identifiers for each scholar
    • claim wrong citations to your papers
    • use same author name variation
    • use standardized institutional affiliation 
    • create and keep public profiles up-to-date
  • AVAILABILITY - ensure permanent and stable access to your work
    • have a data management plan
    • get permanent identifiers for your work (DOI, ARK, EZID)
    • post your publications to open access repositories 

Tools for maximizing impact

    • Retain copyright
      Negotiate with publishers before signing publisher agreements
      Use Case Author Addendum to secure your non-exclusive rights.
    • Enhance your publications with supplemental materials
      Supplemental material with your article makes it more discoverable
      Supplemental materials can be cited independently, increasing the impact of your work
      Ensures you meet your funder's requirements.
    • Select Publishers with Open-Access or Delayed Open Access Journals
      To check publishers' open access policies use Sherpa/RoMEO website. Many publishers offer a hybrid open access publishing model, where the authors retain the copyright and the publishers are granted publishing and distribution rights. This model requires a publication fee from the authors. For publication fees, check the list developed by University of California Berkeley. Other publishers offer open access after a embargo period. See HighWire Press's list of embargo from a variety of publishers or Elsevier's list of journals with open access embargo.
    • Establish professional profile
      • mantain university profile website
      • ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) - allows you as a researcher to reliably and unambiguously connect your name with your work throughout your career
      • PIVOT @Case
      • Google Scholar Author Profile 
      • LinkedIn
      • - Site for scientists "to share their research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow."
      • ResearchGate - Social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators



    • Permanent Identifiers
      • EZID - Create & manage unique, long-term identifiers
      • DOI - Technical and social infrastructure for the registration and use of persistent interoperable identifiers for use on digital networks
      • ARK - URLs designed to support long-term access to information objects

    • Other Repositories 
      • Dryad - Dryad Digital Repository is a curated resource that makes the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable.
      • - registry of research data repositories
      • Qualitative Data Repository (QDR) - Dedicated archive for storing and sharing digital data generated or collected through qualitative and multi-method research in the social sciences
      • Simmons University Open Access Directory - List of repositories for open data compiled by Simmons University
      • GitHub  Repository for open access software codes

    • Cross Repositories Search Engines 
      • OpenDOAR - Uses Google’s Custom Search Engine to search across the repositories listed in the OpenDOAR directory of repositories.
      • ROAR (Registry of Open Access Repositories ) - Developed the University of Southampton, UK. 
      • OAIster - Developed by the library at the University of Michigan and adopted by OCLC.
      • BASE - One of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources. BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library.
      • Digital Commons Network - Brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide.

Monday, 1 August 2022

Library Research Support: Improving the Citedness of your Research


Library Research Support: Improving the Citedness of your Research

Support for Research Staff & Research Students

Overview - Improving the Citedness of your Research

These pages provide some tips and guidance from publishers, journals, authors and others around key activities which can help to improve the visibility and therefore the citedness of your research. These include:

  • Increasing the visibility of your published research in search engines and academic databases.
  • Removing barriers to access, including the reading and indexing of the full text of your research.
  • Key factors to increasing the visibility of your research and profile.

Guidance from Academic Publishers

Journal Selection

Selecting a journal

Selecting the most appropriate journal, which will reach the broadest and most appropriate audience for your research is essential to ensuring the maximum potential for citation of your published research.

Academics will have differing views as to how to best select the most appropriate journal, but here we have collected some suggestions of things to consider.

For further information and guidance, see our Where to Publish guide for authors.


Titles and Abstracts

Optimising Discoverability: Titles and Abstracts

The title and abstract you select for your article can have two immediate affects on the discoverability of your research, and thus the potential for your work to be found, read and cited.

  • Discoverability: They can affect where it appears in results lists in search engines and academic databases, based on key words others may use to search for research on that topic and the keywords and structure used to aid Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).
  • Relevance scoping: It will often be the first (and sometimes only) part of the article a potential reader looks at in order to make a decision as to whether they will read the rest of the article. The abstract will often be used by a researcher to assess if the publication is of interest and relevance to their research question, and thus how (and if) to read further, and potentially cite the work.

Text-mining and data-mining: Increasingly in many disciplines, the text- and data-mining of large amounts of published content are increasingly used as primary means of discovery and synthesis of research literature. Ensuring the structure of titles and abstracts are also optimised for automated discovery and interpretation are therefore also key considerations.

Author Affiliations & Profiles

Author Affiliation

Make sure that you, and your university and department, receive appropriate credit and attribution for your publications. It is not uncommon for publications to be incorrectly attributed to the wrong author or institution based on incorrect or ambiguous author information included in the original article.

  • Use a consistent form for you name, and consider carefully the implications of how any change of name (such as through marriage) will impact on the ability of readers and automated systems to correctly identify your publications output.
  • Consider registering for an ORCiD or ResearcherID.
  • Make sure you correctly list your author affiliation, in accordance with Durham University Author Affiliation Policy guidance.

Ensuring your university affiliation is included on your papers is particularly important for ensuring your research output is correctly identified and included in citation metric components used in University Rankings such as the QS World Rankings.

Open Access and Social Media

Open Access 

[See our Open Research Guide here]

Open access can increase the accessibilitydiscoverability, and visibility of a research output. It enables researchers to more easily share their work and promote it effectively via online media (as anyone with an internet connection is able to link through to the full text, and won't face a paywall barrier if they don't have subscription access).

Open access publishing can result in increased accessibility because:

  • Most academic outputs are supplied by publishers, and locked behind a subscription or pay-to-view barrier for most readers. Open Access removes that barrier, making it is easier to obtainread and re-use an open access article
    • Open Access often makes use of standard re-use licences, such as Creative Commons, making it clearer for other researchers how and when they can (or cannot) re-use the content of the article (e.g. text- or data-mining, providing a translation or alternative format, use in teaching and learning activity.
  • The output is more visible and discoverable because it is available from a number of different sources – not just the publisher’s website.
    • Manuscripts in open access repositories are indexed by Google Scholar and other search engines
    • Tools like Unpaywall and OA Button will allow a reader to seamlessly identify and link to an open access version of an article at the point they hit a paywall barrier, without having to search for multiple repositories themselves.

Whether publishing your research open access provides a citation advantage is something that is up for debate, however – with some strong opinions on either side of the argument.

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