Read Me, Cite Me, Count Me! Publication strategy and research marketing for academics
Symposium held October 23rd, 2009, at Utrecht University Library
Information on speakers and their presentations:
Dorinne Raaimakers, acting Librarian, Utrecht University: welcome
Hans Stoof, Rector Magnificus and Vice President of the Utrecht University Executive Board: keynote
Ton van Rietbergen, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht: chair
Session 1: Publication forms, Publication advice, Open Access
Bas van Bavel, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht. Bas van Bavel is Professor of Economic and Social History and has published widely. He discussed strategic factors in choosing publishers and publication forms and spoke on improving your chances of acceptation for publication.
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Bert Weckhuysen, Faculty of Science, Utrecht. Bert Weckhuysen has published widely and also holds a number of patents. He currently has an H-index of 39. His lecture focussed on publication strategy, the importance of visibility/quality of publications and advice for researchers at the beginning of their career.
Ted Dumitrescu and Marnix van Berchum, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht
Ted Dumitrescu and Marnix van Berchum are working for the UU/OGC Computerized Mensural Music Editing project. They will spoke about an alternative form of publication of old music scores.
Wim van der Stelt, Springer. Wim van der Stelt is Executive Vice President Business Development Springer Science+Business Media. He presented Springer's vision on Open Access and the advantages of new publishing models for authors.
Session 2: Ranking, Visibility, Citation Scores
Thed van Leeuwen, Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University. Thed van Leeuwen is senior researcher at the Leiden Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) and spoke on output measurement and research assessment in arts & humanities.
Hans Bertens, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht. Hans Bertens is distinguished professor in the Humanities at Utrecht University. His books include The Idea of the Postmodern (Routledge, 1995), Contemporary American Crime Fiction (Macmillan, 2002; with Theo D'haen) and Literary Theory (Routledge, 2001, 2007). He looked critically at the European Reference Index for the Humanities, which is now online and is already influencing publishing strategy. The ERIH, an initiative if the European Science Foundation, ranks academic journals in a number of humanities and social sciences disciplines, but the focus here will be on the literature list, which classifies literary studies journals according to quality and other, more dubious, criteria.
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Jeroen Bosman, Utrecht University Library. Jeroen Bosman is subject librarian for Geoscience at Utrecht University Library and spoke on publication visibility and citation chance. His plea was for academics and scientists to be more aware of the publication channels they choose and to be more aware of the effects of indexing mechanisms and information seeking and citation behaviour.
Felipe Salve, Utrecht University Academic Affairs Office. Felipe Salve is policy advisor on institutional research at Utrecht University. There is a growing interest in the ranking of universities. In this session, Felipe explored the methodology and outcome of the different rankings of universities (such as Shanghai, THES, EU-pilot on classification, Webometrics, etcetera). He also presented the way the UU deals with these rankings. He answered the following questions arose: What can we use those rankings for? How can we improve the rankings? And what can we, the University of Utrecht do, to change our position in the rankings?
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This symposium was sponsored by the Utrecht University Library as part of the 425th Anniversary celebrations and was also part of International Open Access Week (October 19 – 23)
More information on Open Access Week can be found at: www.openaccessweek.org/about-the-week/
Dorinne Raaimakers: the Utrecht University library, 425 years old, welcomes you
Hans Stoof: the combination of peer assessment and bibliometrics might be the best of both worlds.
Bas van Bavel: the humanities should move towards more publishing in journals.
Bert Weckhuysen: pick your battles and plan your publication career tactically.
Ted Dumitrescu and Marnix van Berchum: advanced multimedia publication of old music scores is possible using Java.
Thed van Leeuwen: bibliometrics based assessments in the humanities need a custom approach accepted by the field itself.
Hans Bertens: the ESF sponsored new ERIH-listing of humanities journals is not reflecting quality and non-English journals are grossly underrepresented.
Jeroen Bosman: Authors should be more aware of how the availability, visibility and findability of publications influences their chances of receiving citations.
Felipe Salve: university rankings are a fact of life and UU-scholars can help getting the UU better positioned with uniform affiliations and author names.