Driving Science Information Discovery in the Digital Age

Driving Science Information Discovery in the Digital Age

1st Edition - September 30, 2021

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  • Author: Svetla Baykoucheva
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128237236
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128237243

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New digital technologies have transformed how scientific information is created, disseminated—and discovered. The emergence of new forms of scientific publishing based on open science and open access have caused a major shift in scientific communication and a restructuring of the flow of information. Specialized indexing services and search engines are trying to get into information seekers’ minds to understand what users are actually looking for when typing all these keywords or drawing chemical structures. Using artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and semantic indexing, these "discovery agents" are trying to anticipate users’ information needs. In this highly competitive environment, authors should not sit and rely only on publishers, search engines, and indexing services to make their works visible. They need to communicate about their research and reach out to a larger audience. Driving Science Information Discovery in the Digital Age looks through the "eyes" of the main "players" in this "game" and examines the discovery of scientific information from three different, but intertwined, perspectives: Discovering, managing, and using information (Information seeker perspective) Publishing, disseminating, and making information discoverable (Publisher perspective) Creating, spreading, and promoting information (Author perspective).

Key Features

  • Presents an overview of the current scientific publishing landscape
  • Shows how users can search for scientific information more efficiently
  • Critically analyses the metrics used to measure the quality of journals and the impact of research
  • Looks at the discovery of scientific information from the perspectives of information seekers, publishers, and authors
  • Delves into the practices used by specialized indexing services and search engines to process scientific information and make it discoverable
  • Recommends strategies that authors could use to promote their research


Scientific researchers who are engaged in publishing research; information professionals and instructors who are engaged in promoting research and increasing research impact within their institutions

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    1. Pathways to science information discovery
    Searching for information
    Selecting information resources
    Searching for chemical information
    Visual searching
    Linking data and citations
    Cited reference searching
    Encountering information: Discovering by accident (serendipity)
    Sharing information: Social media and networking

    2. Scientific publishing in transition: Evolution of peer review, academic impact, and reliability of scientific information
    Evolution of peer review
    Metrics for evaluating journals and individual researcher’s work
    Preservation of the record of science
    The future of scientific publishing

    3. Opening science
    Open Science
    Open Access to scientific publications
    Open research data
    Open citations
    Preprints vs journals
    Academic social sites: Unpaywalling research
    Shattering the scientific article
    Appendix: Organizations promoting Open Access

    4. Designing for information discovery
    Dissemination of scientific information
    Unique identifiers
    Author disambiguation tools
    Optimizing information discovery
    Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
    Discovery tools

    5. Discovering scientific information
    Communication formats
    Overview of science information resources
    Search engines
    Bibliographic indexing databases
    Finding chemical literature and properties of chemical compounds
    Managing search results
    Preprint servers
    Finding research data
    Finding patents and trademarks
    Social media as an information environment

    6. Promoting your research
    Titles and abstracts
    Why keywords are so important
    Selecting a journal
    Highlighting your research and raising your social media profile
    Strategies for making your research discoverable

    7. How Eugene Garfield’s ideas and legacy revolutionized the discovery of scientific information 
    The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)
    Current Contents and the essays
    Citing, citation indexing, and citation linking
    Science Citation Index: the making of a citation-conscious society
    Journal Impact Factor (JIF): the making of a citation-obsessed society
    Web of Science 135
    Essential Science Indicators (ESI)
    Globalization of research

    8. Interviews with Eugene Garfield
    Interview with Eugene Garfield
    From the Science Citation Index to the Journal Impact Factor and
    Web of Science: interview with Eugene Garfield

Product details

  • No. of pages: 176
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2021
  • Published: September 30, 2021
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128237236
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128237243

About the Author

Svetla Baykoucheva

Svetla Baykoucheva
Svetla Baykoucheva (Baykousheva) is a Chemistry and Life Sciences Librarian at the University of Maryland College Park (USA), where she teaches chemical information. She holds a PhD in Microbiology, BS and MS degrees in Chemistry, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree. A postdoctoral fellowship from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) allowed her to specialise at the University of Paris VI (France) for one year. For more than 20 years she performed interdisciplinary research in infectious microbiology and biochemistry, publishing more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals (see her Google Scholar Profile). She has also served as the head of the White Memorial Chemistry Library at the University of Maryland College Park and as manager of the Library and Information Center of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Washington, D.C. In her role as editor of the Chemical Information Bulletin (published by the ACS Division of Chemical Information), she took numerous interviews from scholars, information experts, editors, and publishers. She previously published Managing Scientific Information and Research Data, also with Elsevier.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head of the White Memorial Chemistry Library, University of Maryland College Park, MD, USA

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