On 22nd January 2013, Research Trends and the Elsevier Labs co-hosted their first virtual seminar: The Individual and Scholarly Networks. The event attracted over 500 attendees from all over the world.
The seminar featured six compelling external speakers and a novel format: in addition to the traditional audio and slides, we also showed videos of the speakers and a Twitter feed.
The first part of the event focussed on building networks, and the ways in which relationships are formed and maintained, as well as how they are changing the nature of scholarly relationships.
In this session, Prof. Jeremy Frey discussed how varying degrees of openness aid scientific collaboration, while Gregg Gordon presented an overview of the Social Science Research Network. Then, Dr William Gunn talked on building networks through information linking, using Mendeley as an example.
Evaluating network relationships
The second part of the seminar was about evaluating network relationships, exploring the related areas of alternative metrics, contributorship and the culture of reference.
225603In this session, Dr Gudmundur Thorisson discussed digital scholarship and the recently launched ORCID initiative, while Kelli Barr questioned the purpose of and objectivity of evaluations. Finally, Dr Heather Piwowar explored various impact flavours, in particular ImpactStory.
Each session was followed by lively discussions amongst the presenters, spurred by questions and comments from our remote audience.
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Sarah Huggett is Publishing Information Manager for Research & Academic Relations at Elsevier. As part of the Scientometrics & Market Analysis team, she provides strategic and tactical insights to colleagues and publishing partners, and strives to inform the bibliometrics debate through various internal and external discussions. Her specific interests are in communication and the use of alternative metrics such as SNIP and usage for journal evaluation. After completing an M.Phil in English Literature at the University of Grenoble (France), including one year at the University of Reading (UK) through the Erasmus programme, she moved to the UK to teach French at Oxford University. She joined Elsevier in 2006 and the Research Trends editorial board in 2009.
The original version of this article was published on the Elsevier's Editors' Update website in February 2013.