Training

We offer eight types of workshop/surgery:

  • Managing Your Digital Researcher Profile – this 1-1 session is for researchers who want to manage their digital identity.
  • Introduction to Altmetric Explorer – for anyone interested in tracking media attention to research publications.
  • Introduction to Bibliometrics – for researchers interested in using journal metrics as part of a publication strategy.
  • CentAUR, REF and Funders’ Open Access Policies for Research Publications – for researchers who need to comply with REF and funder Open Access policies.
  • Introduction to SciVal – for Research Division Leaders.
  • Centaur and Open Access Surgery – this 1-1 session is for researchers and those supporting them.
  • ORCiD Identifiers – for academic staff involved in research.
  • Scholarly Publishing: Requirements and Opportunities – for early career researchers or for those needing a general overview.

 

Managing Your Digital Researcher Profile (1-1 Sessions)

Tracking the impact and reach of your research outputs is much easier if you have a consistent digital identity. Give your digital identity a health check by looking at your Google Scholar, ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID and ORCiD profiles. In these one-to one sessions you can check which researcher identifiers you already have, which ones you might need and ensure that your research outputs are correctly attributed to you.

These sessions can include: setting up and/or checking your Google Scholar account; setting up and/or checking your ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID, ORCiD ID; checking that your publications are correctly attributed to you in bibliographic databases.

Course dates:

  • Tues 25/09/2018
  • Tues 11/12/2018
  • Mon 21/01/2019
  • Mon 18/03/2019
  • Thurs 06/06/2019

Please book your place via Employee Self-Service.

 

Introduction to Altmetric Explorer

Who is it for?

Primarily research-related staff but also anyone interested in tracking media attention to research publications.

Brief description of course:
Altmetric Explorer helps you track mentions to research outputs from Twitter, Facebook, news outlets, Wikipedia, Mendeley and lots of other ‘alternative’ sources. This hands-on session will show you how to use the tool to investigate and analyse the reach and impact of your research. You will find out about the background and rationale for altmetrics, understand how to interpret the Altmetric ‘donut’, know how to track media attention to research publications, find out who is saving your publications in Mendeley, and discover how you could use Altmetric data in grant applications, CVs, and impact statements.

Following the session you will be able to:

  • Understand the background and rationale for Altmetrics
  • Understand what the Altmetric ‘donut’ means
  • Track media attention to research publications
  • Find out who’s saving your publications in Mendeley
  • Understand how you could use Altmetric data in grant applications, CVs, and impact statements.

Course dates:

  • Weds 10/10/2018
  • Thurs 10/01/2019
  • Thurs 11/04/2019

Please book your place via Employee Self-Service.

 

Introduction to Bibliometrics

Who is it for?
Researchers who are interested in looking at the citation patterns of research outputs and/or using journal metrics as part of a publication strategy.

Brief description of course:
Bibliometric data are increasingly used in research assessment exercises and in recruitment decisions but they can also give you insights into how your research is being used by others and help you to make informed journal choices. This session will introduce some commonly used bibliometrics and explain how they are calculated and what they mean. The issues behind the responsible use of metrics will also be explored. A hands-on section of the session will use tools such as Scopus, SciVal, Google Scholar and InCites to explore bibliometric data sources. This is a 90 minute session however the last 30 minutes will be allocated for hands on tasks.

Following the session you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the responsible use of metrics
  • Understand the metrics used in the ROSS process at Reading University
  • Understand journal- and article-level metrics such as citation counts, SJR, SNIP, JIF, IPP and FWCI
  • Know where to find bibliometric data relating to your or your research division’s publications.
  • Use bibliometrics to help with journal choices

Course dates:

  • Mon 21/01/2019
  • Thurs 09/05/2019

Please book your place via Employee Self-Service.

 

CentAUR, REF and Funders’ Open Access Policies for Research Publications

This session explains to researchers which publications the University requires them to deposit in CentAUR (green Open Access) and how this ensures compliance with both the University’s Open Access policy and the more specific REF and funder Open Access policies. We will also include guidance on how to publish as gold Open Access. The focus is on journal articles.

At the end of the session you will be able to:

  • comply with the University’s CentAUR Deposit Policy
  • comply with the University’s Open Access policy
  • comply with the REF 2021 Open Access policy
  • comply with funder Open Access requirements
  • use tools to find funder and publisher policies
  • apply to the University’s Open Access Fund to cover open access publishing costs

Course dates:

  • Tues 15/01/2019
  • Weds 22/05/2019

Please book your place via Employee Self-Service.

 

Introduction to SciVal 

Who is it for?
Research Division Leaders

Brief description of course:
SciVal is a powerful research intelligence tool based on bibliometric data from research publications. SciVal enables researchers and those supporting research staff to visualize their institution/group’s research performance and benchmark it relative to their peers based on a variety of different metrics. It can also help you identify areas or partners for the development of collaborative networks. This session will introduce you to the scope and possibilities of SciVal and show you how to perform targeted analyses based on the publications of your own research division. This is a 90 minute session. The first 60 minutes will explain what the tool is and how it can be used. The last 30 minutes will be an extended hands-on activity so that you get practical experience of using the tool.

Following the session you will be able to:

  • Track the impact of your division’s research outputs
  • Perform targeted analyses based on the publications of your own research division
  • Select suitable institutions/groups for benchmarking
  • Identify potential collaborators

Course dates:

  • Mon 05/11/2018
  • Tues 05/02/2019
  • Tues 14/05/2019

Please book your place via Employee Self-Service.

 

Centaur and Open Access Surgery (1-1 Sessions)

These sessions are intended for researchers and those supporting them.

We can help you with queries about the open access policies that you must comply with, the gold and green options available to you and the processes to follow. We can also answer a wide range of questions about CentAUR (our institutional repository), or provide an overview of CentAUR for new users.

Course dates:

  • Fri 02/11/2018
  • Thu 21/02/2019
  • Wed 08/05/2019

Please book your place via Employee Self-Service.

 

ORCiD Identifiers

Who is it for?
Academic staff involved in research.

Brief description of course:
ORCID identifiers are being increasingly adopted by publishers and funders and there are already over 700 ORCID users at University of Reading. This session will help you understand why you need to create an ORCID identifier (ORCID iD) to establish your researcher identity and claim your research outputs. Find out how and when to use your ORCID ID in your professional scholarly activities. This is a 90 minute session, however the last 30 minutes will be reserved for you to create and populate an ORCID record with assistance from the trainer.

Following the session you will be able to:
Understand why you need to create an ORCiD identifier (ORCiD ID)
Create an ORCID ID and add your research outputs to your profile
Know how and when to use your ORCID ID in your professional scholarly activities

Course dates:

  • Tue 06/11/2018
  • Mon 18/02/2019
  • Mon 20/05/2019

Please book your place via Employee Self-Service.

 

Scholarly Publishing: Requirements and Opportunities

This session is intended for early career researchers or for those needing a general overview.

We provide practical information about maximizing the visibility of your research publications for the benefit of both you and the University.

Following the session you will be able to:

  • recognise the different types and benefits of Open Access
  • be familiar with the key Open Access policies affecting you
  • know what to deposit in CentAUR
  • apply to the University’s fund to cover Open Access publishing costs
  • make informed choices about where to publish
  • make informed decisions about sharing networks
  • access key bibliometric tools and Altmetric
  • register for and populate an ORCiD identifier

Course dates:

  • Wed 05/12/2018
  • Mon 04/03/2019
  • Tue 11/06/2019

Please book your place via Employee Self-Service.