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Research Skills: Promoting your research

Materials from Swansea University library's research skills training sessions. These are run for Postgraduate Research students and staff.

Twitter: tools and strategies for researchers

This session will explore strategies for using Twitter to promote your research and profile. We will also look at some Twitter tools that can enhance the Twitter experience and make it easier to manage. (This session assumes you are familiar with using Twitter)

[Updated Feb 2017]

Evaluating Research by Numbers: an introduction to citation metrics

Explore this if you are interested in how you will be judged as a researcher using citation metrics (a count of how many times your published paper has been referenced by others). Metrics are being used to evaluate researchers and institutions and how this may affect your future prospects in academia. This can be a controversial area: do metrics reveal research strengths or is this a case of simple numbers being used to avoid a more complex problem?

At the end of this session

  • You will have a basic understanding of the ways citations are counted and compared.
  • You will understand why responsible metrics are important.
  • You will have learned how research, universities and researchers are increasingly being judged by citation counts, the merits and issues of this approach

[Updated Nov 17]

Raising your research profile

This session will give an overview of the range of online tools available to create a professional academic online profile. We will cover establishing your researcher identity (to claim your publications and citations), research social networking sites and social media as a means of disseminating your research and raising your profile.

[Updated Feb 2017]

Finding your research network

Tips for finding your research community online!

[Updated Nov 2016]

Stand Out and Be Counted

"Stand out and be counted" was a half-day session for early career researchers. It was a workshop to learn about tools that can help you to promote yourself and achieve the best visibility for your research including:

  • What can be counted about you? Citations, altmetrics and a look at the Scival tool

  • Your online identity – researcher profiles including ORCID, Google Scholar and our university systems (Cronfa, RIS & staff web pages)

  • Online networking and social spaces for researchers