Impact Notice Board #1

**** Today saw the last day of this month’s Twenty Days to Research Impact Challenge. Congratulations to all our participants. How did you find it? I’ll be in touch with you in the near future to gather some valuable feedback. ****

The Notice Board

From time-to-time we’ll be using the Impact Notice board to advertise current and upcoming opportunities geared toward the interests of this blog. You’re busy and you can’t catch everything, so hopefully you’ll hear more about some of the host of interesting and rewarding activities, training sessions and seminars going on here at UON. So here’s a couple of options that are on the horizon.


Twitter Seminars

Regular readers of the blog will know how fabulous a tool we think Twitter is. You could, and I wouldn’t be the first to, argue that there’s no more valuable tool in the field of Social Media when it comes to promoting your research and placing yourself in the middle of a relevant community.

So whether you’ve never tweeted a jot, or you’ve been beginning to sound the call and are looking for some tips, look out for this:

Linda Drummond, Research Communications Coordinator in Research Services can provide a one hour Twitter seminar for beginner and intermediate levels for UON researchers.

Beginner Sessions

Bring your laptop and a high resolution head-shot and you’ll leave the session with a professional-looking twitter account and a knowledge of the basics.

You’ll learn:

  • How to set up your Twitter account
  • What to Tweet and when
  • Who to follow
  • What a hashtag # is
  • How to live-Tweet at events

A beginner’s session is perfect for anyone who’s interested, but doesn’t understand why or how to use Twitter.

Intermediate Sessions

You’ll hone your twitter skills:

In this follow-up to the beginner sessions you’ll learn about using videos, how to target specific markets and hone your twitter presence. This seminar can take place 2 – 3 months after the beginner’s session and is suitable for those with a good working knowledge of Twitter.

We’re testing the waters right now to see who and how many of you are interested in what Linda is offering, so you’ll probably receive an email in the very near future with more detail. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to be part of one of these sessions, or Linda if you have any further questions.


Kudos Educational Researcher Webinar – Wednesday 31st August 2016

We haven’t talked much about Kudos here, but it’s definitely another resource worth your attention that is attuned to research impact. It’s free and it’s easy to use.

In their own words it’s “more than a just a networking site, and more than just a publication listing. It is a toolkit for explaining your work in plain language and for enriching it with links to related materials. Kudos also provides a unique one-stop shop for multiple metrics relating to your publications: page views, citations, full text downloads and altmetrics. When you explain, enrich and share your work through Kudos, we map your actions against these metrics in charts that show you which activities are most effective when it comes to increasing the reach and impact of your work.”

Increase and evidence the impact of your published work

Kudos is co-hosting a Webinar that will be well worth signing up for. it’s in association with Altmetric, ORCID and Thomson Reuters (the folk who bring you Web of Science), and will give you hints and tips on how to promote your work effectively, measure current reach and how to further increase the impact of your work (reach, altmetrics and citations) – all in one place.

Find out more and register.



Watch this space for more.





*** Before we take a look at some recent ORCID developments at UON I want to acknowldege our participants in the second round of the Twenty Days to Research Impact Challenge right here on this blog. I’ve spoken to a couple of you – I hope the rest are enjoying this challenge. Happy Friday. End of the first week! Take a well-earned break and regroup for the next set of challenges.

So …

We’ve talked about ORCID and the benefits of getting yours before, but for those of you who’re new to this blog and are perhaps unfamiliar with ORCID, a re-cap is in order.


ORCID IDs are permanent identifiers for researchers. They protect your unique scholarly identity and help you keep your publication record up-to-date with very little effort.

ORCID was founded in 2012 as a non-profit organisation comprised of publishers, funders, and institutions like Nature Publishing Group, Wellcome Trust, and Cornell University. Over 2 million ORCIDs are in circulation do date, and the number continues to grow.

In April 2015 the NHMRC and the ARC released a joint statement, which encourages all researchers applying for funding to ensure they have prepared an ORCID. This is another, very good reason why you should claim your ORCID. For you, it will help when you’re applying for that much-needed funding from the ARC for your next big project. While for the ARC the benefit is in consolidating, linking and reusing your ID, publications and grants for administrative purposes.

And here’s a video from the good folk at ORCID.

What is ORCID? from ORCID on Vimeo.

What can ORCID do for me?

  • Connect a researcher to their research activity and outputs
  • Provide a unique and persistent author/researcher ID
  • As an ISBN is to a book, an ORCID is to a researcher
  • Helps you to claim ownership of your work
  • Assert statements about yourself based on your ORCID, i.e. linking to, identifying with your ID
  • Name disambiguation –common and similar names
  • Over-time will save time and effort as organisations adopt (integrate into their systems)


Where do I use an ORCID?

  • submitting articles to a publisher
  • grants submissions
  • conference presentations
  • datasets
  • research systems (more on this in a moment)
  • media engagement
  • websites, blogs, etc.
  • CV
  • email signatures



One of the best things about ORCIDs are how they cement your relationship with your current institution. This enables secure assertions about connections between people, places, and contributions that everyone can benefit from. Research in digital spaces is becoming a more crowded space by the minute, so anything that strengthens the link between you and your work has to be a positive.

Let’s look at NURO, for instance. You already know that using this system effectively increases the visibility of your research. If your paper or chapter is in NURO, it’s on your UON web profile and out there for the world to see.

Now NURO and ORCID speak to each other.

Register and configure your ORCID via NURO (how to)

What this means at this stage is NURO will auto-claim publications of yours that are indexed in Scopus or Web of Science, meaning more of your research is connected to you and promoted at UON. A time-saver and a perfect example of how ORCID can be a real string in your bow.

A special thanks to Vicki Picasso, Senior Librarian Research Support, who recently presented on the UON ORCID implementation.