Working with figshare

figsharekgI recently added 27 items to figshare, which is an excellent repository for storing your research outputs.

Outputs can include figures, datasets, media, papers, posters, presentations and filesets.

A lovely thing about this set up, is that figshare attaches a DOI (digital object identifier) to each item. This helps to make all the items capable of citation, and easy to share. Because each item has its own DOI, you can also “altmetric it”, using the Altmetric Bookmarklet. This can reveal whether the item has been shared on social media and online citation managers.

I think it is possible to use figshare for blog posts too. For example, you could save a blog post as a PDF file, upload it to figshare as a “paper”, and tag it as “blog”, together with other relevant tags. It is true that you can already cite a blog post with reference to its URL, but I’m wondering if attaching the post to a DOI might prove to be a more durable form of referencing for research purposes? See C. Titus Brown’s blog post (and the comments attached to it) for an interesting discussion about this last point.

I will be adding more materials to my figshare profile.

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Bibliometrics, #legaled and PLT

This is a quick aside regarding some research I’m doing at the moment. I am analysing 10 articles concerning PLT and scholarship of teaching and learning (“SoTL”), using bibliometrics. This includes looking at the citation counts for the articles, and for the items cited in the articles, together with the bibliometric tools supplied by Google Scholar, Web of Knowledge (Journal Citation Report), and Scopus (SCImago).

It would not be news to law school academics that legal education journals, and many law journals, do not rank highly in these bibliometric tools, if at all. The citation counts for articles engaging with SoTL in PLT are nearly non-existent (although it takes time for services like Google Scholar to pick these up). I’m interested in promoting SoTL in PLT, so I’m thinking about strategies to achieve this.

It seems that conventional bibliometric tools are not a lot of help when measuring impact, quality and engagement for these articles. I’m hoping my institution will connect to an altmetrics database so I can explore alternative tools. Because the articles are not appearing in the conventional databases, I’ve had to manually search for citations, journal rankings, etc – very tedious, but generative.

I find it interesting how publishing in or citing articles from interdisciplinary publications can improve citation counts for an articles. Those articles that tap into areas like psychology, ICT, or management/organisational studies appear more likely to be cited and shared.

I’m also interested how “mediatizing” scholarship and research through social media, SlideShare, YouTube, Prezi, etc can expedite dissemination – more on this later.

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Paper plug: ‘Gatecrashing the Research Paradigm…’

MonashNice to see Monash University Library directing law students to our co-authored article ‘Gatecrashing the Research Paradigm: Effective Integration of Online Technologies in Maximising Research Impact and Engagement in Legal Education’*

* Kate Galloway, Kristoffer Greaves and Melissa Castan, ‘Gatecrashing The Research Paradigm: Effective Integration Of Online Technologies In Maximising Research Impact And Engagement In Legal Education’ (2013) 6 (1/2) Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association 83.

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