Other networks and tools

There are dozens of other tools and services that aim to increase researcher visibility, each in their own style and with their own tools. Choosing which ones to use could be challenging. There are similar and different features and the choice depends on personal preferences. Some services are more popular among certain disciplines, and some among others. What can you as a researcher do with them? Compare some of these to the ones that were presented in more detail. The choice is yours.

Faculty of 1000 (F1000), founded in 2000, has four services:

  1. F1000Prime (formerly F1000 Biology and F1000 Medicine) offers personalized recommendations of the best research articles in biology and medicine by the world’s largest group of leading scientists and clinicians, the F1000Prime Faculty. The service covers 32 disciplines and around 3 700 journals. F1000Prime uses the individual scores to calculate the total scores for each article, which are used to rank the articles in each discipline. F1000Prime costs $9.95/month with the first month free.
  2. F1000Research is an open Access, open peer-review scientific publishing platform for life scientists that offers immediate publication, transparent refereeing of articles, unbiased editorial process, inclusion of all data, free upload of posters and slides, and instant visibility. They publish traditional research articles (including clinical trials), as well as reviews, data notes, observation articles, case studies, method articles, software tools, and negative results.
    Articles are published first and peer reviewed after publication by invited referees. The peer reviewer’s names and comments are visible on the site. As part of its open science model, the data behind each article is also published and downloadable. Article processing charges (APCs) are charged from all articles.You can search open material via F1000Research (select “Browse”).
  3. F1000Workspace is a set of tools to help with writing, collaborating, reference management and preparation for publishing scientific papers. It includes a Word plug-in, from which you are able to directly search PubMed, as well as save references or articles. F1000Workspace also allows you to directly annotate articles online. Access is free for the first 30 days.
  4. F1000 Specialists is an affiliate program aimed at experienced users and advocates of F1000 services.

Kudos is a free of charge service for researchers and can be used to enchance publication visibility. Kudos does not function automatically but requires the researcher or other operator to add metadata to the publications’ information.

LabRoots (founded in 2008) is a scientific social networking website. It offers scientific trending news and educational virtual events and webinars. LabRoots emphasizes digital innovation in scientific collaboration and learning. Users can gain continuing education credits through their participation in the webinars and virtual events. Webinar categories include Cell & Molecular Biology, Chemistry & Physics, Earth & The Environment, Genetics & Genomics, Health & Medicine, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Plants & Animals, and Technology.

PlumX provides metrics for research impact evaluation, but for the time being, UEF has not acquired it. Research impact is evaluated using both traditional methods, for example based on the numbers of citations and downloads, and new types of indicators, such as likes, comments and shares in different databases and social media services (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Mendeley). The different tools make it possible to follow what type of visibility and societal impact organisations have received, for example, on university or researcher level. Besides research organisations, also research funders utilise the program.

PlumX metrics can be found e.g. in Ebsco databases (such as CINAHL, Business Source Elite, SocINDEX).

SciVal is available at the UEF, but requires personal registration. It is a database and a tool that can be used for evaluating the research activities of individuals, research groups, fields of science and organisations, considering their publication information. It is possible to evaluate the quality and quantity of research activities in relation to other organisations, observe research collaboration and evaluate research trends.

SciVal is discussed in more detail at the Module 5: Assessment of research impact and bibliometrics.

SSRN, or Social Science Research Network, founded in 1994, is the oldest free of charge academic peer network. It was bought by Elsevier in the year 2016. It contains research and conference publications of sociological and human sciences as preprints. In other words, it works as a publication repository for these fields of science.

TrendMD is a recommendation service based on collaborative filtering and evolving algorithms. Their recommendations are informed by what a person is currently reading and what others who share related interests are also reading.

Further information:

Academic social networks – the Swiss Army Knives of scholarly communication. The functionalities and usage of three of the major networks: ResearchGate, Mendeley and Academia.edu.

Innovations in Scholarly Communication. An overview of current and expected variety of research tools.

Video (1:46): Getting Started with Faculty of 1000

Video (1:06): Explore the World of Science with LabRoots

Video (4:40): Introducing PlumX.

Video (2:33): Pinpointing the best articles to read, fast (Scopus).

(7/2018 KH, 8/2019 TO)