Virtual seminar: ‘The Individual and Scholarly Networks’

How to make the most of collaborative platforms and social networking sites

Update: The live seminar has concluded, but an on-demand version will be available in the next few weeks. To be notified, register on the Research Trends/Elsevier Labs Events Page.


Scholars can connect between institutions, countries and disciplines easily, faster and more thoroughly than ever before. A two-part virtual seminar will give researchers tips on how to make the most of collaborative platforms and social networking sites, which are being used by a growing number of scholars worldwide.

The Individual and Scholarly Networks, presented by Research Trends and Elsevier Labs, will explore two aspects of this phenomenon:

  • How the connections are forming, and how attitudes may change to adapt to the new environment.
  • How connections can be evaluated, nuanced and measured.

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How to participate

UPDATE: The live seminar has concluded, but an on-demand version will be available in the next few weeks. To be notified, register on the Research Trends/Elsevier Labs Events Page.

The seminar is on Tuesday, January 22, with a live webcast from Amsterdam, Oxford and New York. It will be split into two independent segments:

Part 1: Building Networks (8 to 10 a.m. EST | 1 to 3 p.m. GMT | 2 to 4 p.m. CET) — This session will focus on the ways in which these relationships are formed and maintained, and how they are changing the nature of scholarly relationships.

Part 2: Evaluating Network Relationships (10:30 am  to 12:30 p.m. EST | 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. GMT  | 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. CET) — Altmetrics is one of the most explosive areas of interest in bibliometric analysis and is increasing in importance. This session will explore the related areas of altmetrics, contributorship and the culture of reference.

Attendance is free but registration is required as space is limited. You can register for either session independently or for both sessions at once. Registration and updates can be found on the Research Trends/Elsevier Labs Events Page.

The Twitter hashtag is #scholnet.[/note] We have gathered some of the most insightful and engaging thinkers in academia and the scholarly community, and the format is designed to encourage audience engagement. We will stream video of the speakers, and their presentations and use Twitter and webinar comments to gather feedback.

Part 1: Building Networks

Jeremy Frey, PhD

Dr. Jeremy Frey, Head of Physical Chemistry at the University of Southampton will present on "New ways to collect, curate and share information, discussing how varying degrees of openness aid scientific collaboration. His presentation will have the underlying theme that accurate recording of process and data in experiments is essential and that the laboratory, equipment and people are potentially equal partners in this process, which can be facilitated by the right choice of software.

Gregg Gordon, PhD

Dr. Gregg Gordon, President and CEO of the Social Science Research Network, give a talk called"The Importance of Yes and Value of No," based on his experiences running SSRN. Mr Gordon will touch on many issues: interdisciplinarity, altmetrics and countering poor quality work and unethical practice.

William Gunn, PhD

Dr. William Gunn, Head of Academic Outreach for Mendeley, will talk about building networks through information linking, rather than connecting people through known relationships.


Part 2: Evaluating Network Relationships

Gudmundur Thorisson, PhD

Dr. Gudmundur Thorisson, Research Associate forORCID and the University of Iceland, will discuss "Identification, contribution, attribution: digital scholarship, identity on the Web and ORCID."

Kelli Barr

Kelli Barr, Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Study of Interdisciplinarity at the University of North Texas, will discuss "Occupying Accountability: Evaluation by Whom and For What?"

Heather Piwowar, PhD

Dr. Heather Piwowar, postdoc at Duke University and creator of ImpactStory, will talk about "Impact Beyond the Impact Factor."


The Authors

Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor will be introducing the presenters at each seminar and giving the introductory remarks. Based in Oxford, has worked at Elsevier for 16 years, the past four as a technology research specialist for the Elsevier Labs group. In that role, he has been involved with the ORCID Registry. His other research interests include altmetrics, contributorship and author networks. Details of his research work can be found on the Elsevier Labs website.

Sarah Huggett

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.

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