The hard work is done: you’ve completed your latest article, had the welcome news of acceptance and now you can sit back and wait for the citations and other markers of success to roll in! One of the ways you can keep an eye on those metrics (as well as keeping tabs on number of readers who are interacting with your article and gauging media interest) is via Mendeley Stats. Stats has been around a while and continues the good work started by My Research Dashboard and CiteAlert a few years back but it’s now ready for the latest phase in its evolution: merging with your Mendeley profile.
The story so far
If you haven’t yet been introduced to Mendeley Stats then you’re in for a treat. Stats provides you with a unique, aggregated view of how your published articles and books are performing in terms of citations, saving to libraries (on Mendeley), and (depending on where you published the article) downloads/views. You can also drill down into each of your articles to see the analytics on each item you have published. This powerful tool allows you to see how your work is being used by the scientific community, using data from a number of sources including Mendeley, Scopus, NewsFlo, and ScienceDirect. By using Stats, you’ll always know how people are engaging with your publications and you can be assured of up-to-date information as most metrics are updated daily.
In short, Mendeley Stats:
- provides you with immediate feedback about the impact of your research
- allows you to easily access statistics and metrics that you can use to demonstrate the importance of your work, such as when applying for funding or seeking a new position
- facilitates your ability to promote your work, allowing you to share the performance of your publications through streamlined and visually appealing metrics
- furnishes you with a level of detail about usage that helps you understand how and where in the world your research is being viewed, cited, mentioned and read
What are we doing?
At present, Mendeley displays two publication lists for each user: one on the profile, curated by the user, and another which is shown on the user’s Stats dashboard, consisting solely of their publications which have been indexed in Scopus… Having two different lists doesn't make much sense and nor is it too consistent so we are moving to a single-list approach and are working to integrate the Stats dashboard into your profile so you can see everything in one place… You shouldn’t notice much change apart from your Scopus publications moving into the 'My Publications' folder (don’t worry – we’ll dedupe the list).
What will change?
The publications list will now look something like this:
Each publication will have a drop-down menu – as shown above – which gives options to hide, edit and remove publications. "Hiding" a publication will not make it visible for other people when viewing your profile and clicking this will change this option to "Show Publication"'. "Edit Publication" allows you to change the metadata. "Remove Publication" removes it from your list. Here’s a view of how the resulting list would look on your Mendeley page:
Why are we doing this?
These changes are part of the wider evolution of the tool. Stats is changing from being a private dashboard (which only you can see) to being a part of your profile so that, as well as showcasing your work, your profile also shows the exposure and impact your publications are having. The customizable options for each publication allow you to determine which of your publications are visible to your networks, giving you full control over how you present yourself.
The features currently shown on the Stats overview page will in future be relocated to a tab in the profile: aggregated publication metrics (h-index, views, citations, readers), aggregated view and citation timeline and media mentions.
As a result, your profile will display a single list of all your publications, where:
- you control which publications are showcased to viewers of your profile;
- we show you (and only you) a detailed view of the impact each of your publications is having individually.
Just like now, you control who sees your profile, and this will include your new Stats tab. Your profile is public by default, with an option to make visible to only your followers, and an additional option to restrict your followers to only those to whom you give permission. We hope you find the new approach to Stats useful and that it will make showcasing the impact of your work easier. Give it a go today and watch this space for further developments.