On Wednesday 21 October, Maastricht University Library organised a seminar for young researchers, titled ‘What journal to publish in: increasing your academic and societal impact’. The seminar focused on the criteria and tools that are useful to choose the right journal to publish in, thereby listing criteria to increase visibility, findability and impact. It offered new ways to increase (societal) impact of paper(s) and author(s). More than fifty participants were present. Read the highlights of the four talks below.
In his presentation, titled ‘What journal to publish in? Some thoughts on factors to consider’ Jos Franssen discussed the main aspects which researchers should consider when choosing a journal to publish in. The lecture was a steppingstone to workshop the library offers.
Franssen is information specialist working for the department Education & Research Support at Maastricht University Library.
In his lecture with the title ‘Altmetrics: what can we learn from them?’ Rodrigo Costas focused on Altmetrics. He critically discussed new social media tools and metrics, their main characteristics, some of the recent discoveries about Altmetrics and also the most important conceptual problems and challenges surrounding them. Possible practical applications of Altmetrics with respect to societal impact were also pointed out.
Costas works as a researcher at the Leiden University Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS).
Unfortunately, Max Haring had to cancel his presentation, due to private circumstances. His speech titled ‘Publish and get read!’ paid attention to journal publishing, peer-review and Open Access. He aimed to provide some helpful advice on how to write manuscripts for maximum readership and impact. The slides have been shared with the audience.
Haring is the executive editor for the Open Access journal SpringerPlus.
Egon Willighagen is a scientist who believes in OpenData, OpenSource and OpenStandards as a means of communication science. In that sense, he pleaded as UM ambassador for ORCiD, for the use of this international researcher’s ID in order to increase visibility and impact of researcher’s output.
Willighagen is assistant professor on the application of cheminformatics and chemometrics in bioinformatics at Maastricht University.