Ian's October blog 2

Posted by egg3 at Oct 13, 2014 02:16 PM |
Project students, rising citation and Nobel Prizes

Project Students

I hope all the third year project students are settling into their research projects. I would be interested in knowing how many of our project students do research of sufficient quality to be included in figures for submitted papers. If you have comments and/or evidence of this from past years can you send a note and the reference to Emma, please.

Rising Citations

Have you ever thought about the subliminal factors that influence whether someone cites your work?

I've had some interesting discussions about these matters with Ian Rowlands from the library Research Services Team -

Here are some surprising facts….

  • Long titles are better than short ones….. - especially if rich in key informative words.
  • A good abstract is citation gold-dust….. - it's where the search engines browse.
  • More References are better…. - citing others encourages more citations of your work; others pay attention to papers that cite them!
  • Promote your work…. - write a short press release.
  • Tweet a link to your paper - or add the link to your Facebook page
  • Sign up to online research bodies such as: www.researchgate.net/ - many download your articles from these sites and explore your profile.

These gems and others can be found in a University leaflet "12 simple ways to maximise your citation count" and on the Library webpage.

Nobel Prizes

It's that time of year and there are couple of interesting awards that are particularly interesting to Theme members.

The Chemistry Nobel Prize for development of super-resolution microscopy, was awarded to Eric Betzig from the Janelia Farm Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Ashburn, Virginia, Stefan Hell from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Gottingen, Germany and William Moerner from Stanford University in Stanford, California. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/

The Physiology or Medicine Nobel Prize was awarded half to John O’Keefe, Directory of the Sainsbury Wellcome Center in Neural Circuits and Behavior at UCL, with the other half being jointly awarded to May-Britt Moser, Director of the Center for Neural Computation and Edvard Moser, Director of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Trondheim, Norway, "for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain".

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