At our recent Australian Scholarly Summit events in Melboune and Sydney, we assembled a panel of experts to discuss the key issues facing academics surrounding research metrics and recognition. The panel Chair, Thijs van Vlijmen from Taylor & Francis, was joined by:
- Anthony Dona, Solutions Consultant at Clarivate Analytics, a global leader in supporting research innovation through services like Impact Factor and the Emerging Sources Citation Index.
- Leonie Hayes from Altmetric, a platform which tracks and measures online conversations about scholarly research.
- James Hardcastle from Colwiz, a software start-up allowing researchers to annotate PDFs online, and build shareable digital bibliographies.
The panel aimed to uncover the myths of research metrics and address the following questions:
- What are the different metrics available to researchers, and how should we be using them?
- What are the required criteria for a journal to be considered for an Impact Factor?
- How can we formally recognize contributions to academia?
- Does artificial intelligence have a role to play in research?
Our top takeaways from this session are:
- Watch the trends, see where the conversations are, and use the available tools to set up alerts and make it manageable.
- Understand which articles are contributing to various performance metrics.
- Look to the future and think about where you want to position your journal.
Taylor & Francis also works alongside a whole host of other publishing service providers to bring a world-class service to the academic community. For example, we’ve recently extended our partnership with peer review recognition platform Publons, so that even more of our peer reviewers can receive recognition for their contributions to scholarly research.
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