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Uncovering the impact story of open research Piwowar, Heather Oct 31, 2012

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Uncovering the Impact Story of Open Research Heather	
  UBC  some photos NC, SA  UBC	
    Research evaluation matters  who gets hired who gets grants which journals succeed which journal innovations succeed whether we publish in journals at all whether we actually write articles the whole structure of scientific communication  right now, impact factor  problems! run-away hits decision of 4 anonymous people only one type of impact favours the established  let me tell you something that is going to start changing the game  A few weeks ago, on Oct 4, NSF announced it is going to change its Biosketch Template to call for “Products” instead of “Publications”  Big deal. So it is a new title.  Whole lot more than that.  1. A major science funder believes status quo isn't the only way to disseminate research, and traditional peer-reviewed articles in high impact journals are not all that matters. Other research products can be considered first-class research products.  2. It signals this to all the researchers who apply to the NSF. This is a big deal, because it moves the discussion away from just OA advocates and open data tweeps to all scientists. All scientists now get to think, "hrmm, did I release a dataset that is as good as my papers?"  3. It necessitates a move away from journal impact factors. The quality and impact of data and software can't be evaluated with the journal impact factor. Item level metrics and altmetrics are going to be totally necessary for grant reviewers to know whether these alternative products have made a difference.  4. Once we are in the grant review door with item-level metrics, watch out! Alternative metrics are empowering for innovations in publishing. All the new journal experiments that are springing up... eLife, Peerj, F1000 Research, PLoS Currents.... are invited to compete, invited to help authors make the case that the articles published in those containers were impactful. Very empowering for innovative journals, most of which are OA. And empowering for dismantling the "article" yet further into its component parts.  5. It demonstrates a willingness on the part of funders to refine what they consider evaluation-worthy criteria. Transformation is going to happen as major funders encourage their applicants to brag about their openness, and the impact that their openness has enabled.  what can the world look like  Beyond the Impact Factor  Beyond the Article  Quality Impact  A Single Number Multiple Dimensions  Multiple Flavours  CC-BY-NC by maniacyak on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/maniacyak/3432589472  Open  Context  Agile experimentation  Tell the full story of research impact.  altmetrics.org/tools Altmetric.com ImpactStory PLOS article-level metrics Plum Analytics Reader Meter Science Card  http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixscapes/4331070047  born as total-impact Hackathon!  incorporating as nonprofit Board: Cameron Neylon, John Wilbanks  http://orcid.org  what can the world look like  Beyond the Impact Factor  Beyond the Article  datasets! software! slides! preprints! blogs!  context  type of engagement type of audience  comparisons, reference sets  not just one number  not just one flavour  open!  rOpenSci Plum Ubiquity Press PeerEv dissertations IR experiments ...  barrier-based $$$  http://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/2055471833  http://flickr.com/photos/nieve44/2152712789/  Changes are happening in scholarly communication.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/myklroventine/892446624/  http://www.flickr.com/photos/jo-h/2688026447/  Build great things. Reward impactful work. Tell the full story of our research impact.  thank you! Jason Priem: cofounder of ImpactStory Also: Todd Vision, Mike Whitlock, the open science community, and those who release their articles, datasets and photos openly.  blog.ImpactStory.org team@ImpactStory.org @ImpactStory ImpactStory.org  


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