Category: Citation metrics
4 March 2013 2 - 4pm:
To support UQ Schools undergoing formal review in 2013, UQ Library is hosting an information session to demonstrate how to get the most out of research publication data.
The session will involve staff from both the UQ Library and Research Analysis & Operations and will include information about the reports that are accessible via the MIS reportal and eSpace, as well as other databases such as Web of Science, Scopus and InCites.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This session will be relevant to Heads of Schools, School Managers and those responsible for the data presented in the School Review.
The session will look at the types of publication metrics that are available and what they mean in the context of a School Review.
Information will include:
- benchmarking publication outputs
- relative citation impact within different disciplines
- collaboration metrics
Examples will be provided using tools and services available via the Library include:
- HERDC data
- ERA2012 data
- eSpace data
- ResearcherID and Web of Science
- Scopus Custom Data visualisation
- Officially reported staff FTE
- Officially reported RHD Load and Completions
- School level data comparison of Go8 Universities (Load; Completions; Staff FTE; HERDC Income and Publications)
- Q-Index data
These tools will be demonstrated, including practical examples of how the data can be presented.
When: Monday 4th March, 2
- 4 pm
Where: Don Carruthers Exchange Zone, level 5, Dorothy Hill Library, Hawken Building
Who should attend: This session will be relevant to Heads of Schools, School Managers and those responsible for the data presented in the School Review.
For more information email Jane Smeathers
Please note: Limited spaces available. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blog written by Dr Amberyn Thomas | Manager, Scholarly Publications
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