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Ad Lagendijk Ad Lagendijk 13 March 2012

Why every scientist should make his Google Scholar profile public

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Posted in High-impact journals, Web 2.0

Surviving in science these days is all about high impact. How is this impact being measured? Managers, deans,  operators, science editors and grant officers, to mention just a few non-active scientists, know the answer exactly. They judge the scientist by the:

  1. number of papers published in refereed journals
  2. number of papers in high-impact journals
  3. number of citations, and more specifically by the h-index

To remind you: if the h-index of a scientist is 20 the scientist has coauthored 20 papers with at least 20 citations.

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Otto Muskens Otto Muskens 19 February 2012

Every scientist should have a Researcher ID

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Posted in Tips, useful software, Web 2.0

Unique author identification is a longstanding issue in scientific publishing. Currently there are a number of systems under development that promise a variety of functionalities. I am not going to give here an extensive overview of this wide range of systems, an up to date article can be found here. While a universally recognized standard such as the ISO standard International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) system will undoubtedly be useful as a way to categorize any type of authors, artists and scientists, the practical use of an author identifier will be strongly related to the availability of linked information such as lists of publications.

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Otto Muskens Otto Muskens 19 February 2011

Increasing your h-index by reclaiming misspelled citations

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Posted in Tips

Here is a short contribution on how to correct misspelled citations in Web of Science. Citations have become the currency of science, which is used to reward scientists and scientific institutions. Small variations in citation scores can make millions of pounds difference in the financial outcomes of national Research Assessments . Therefore keeping your citation record updated is of critical importance.

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