Publishing Innovation

My Research Dashboard

Authors can view usage and citations in a single location

Print Friendly and PDF
Share story:  

With competition for grant money and career opportunities on the rise, academics are under increasing pressure to demonstrate the impact of their work.

Elsevier has long offered CiteAlert, an email service notifying authors when their work is referenced in a newly published article on ScienceDirect. Then, in 2013, we launched Article Usage Reports, informing authors how often their articles have been accessed and by which countries.

Now, two departments* at Elsevier have joined forces to combine and improve on these initiatives which has led to the launch of the new My Research Dashboard. Any author who has published at least one article with Elsevier within the last 10 years will be eligible to register for a personalized dashboard, offering:

  • Early feedback on how their publications are being downloaded, shared and cited;
  • data about the geographic locations and research disciplines of readers;
  • detailed information about search terms used in ScienceDirect to find their publications; and
  • comparative data.

As My Research Dashboard is rolled out this year, the current Article Usage Reports and CiteAlert services will be phased out.

What will authors visiting My Research Dashboard see?

A personalized dashboard summary summarizing the performance of each publication. Published articles are listed alongside corresponding data on views (for Elsevier published articles) and citations (for all publications) in real-time.

MRD Home

Audience and search terms. The Audience Map provides geographical and disciplinary readership analyses and information about where and how publications are being discovered.

MRD Audience Map

An overview of views and citations. It highlights how each individual publication is performing and includes a snapshot of the total number of views and citations received in the past month, as well as the total overall for that publication.

MRD Barchart

Scholarly activity. Sharing and showcasing usage metrics is expected to increase usage on the ScienceDirect and Scopus platforms, and to drive engagement with the research management and social collaboration platform Mendeley.

MRD Mendeley

Rollout plan

Over the course of 2015, authors will receive an invitation to register for their personalized My Research Dashboard, which they can do using their ScienceDirect / Scopus login details. Once registered, they will receive monthly updates when there are new usage or citation metrics to report on, although they will have access to their personal dashboard at any time using their password-protected login.

Any author who has published at least one article with Elsevier within the last 10 years will be invited to register for their dashboard. A soft launch was initiated in December 2014, when the Beta version was emailed to a group of 600 authors who were asked to register and provide feedback about their experiences. After using this feedback to further refine the dashboard, we began the rollout at the end of February 2015 – this will continue until all authors that have published with us have access to their personal dashboard.

My Research Dashboard – the facts at a glance

  • Dashboards will be available for authors with at least one Elsevier publication since 2004.
  • Authors will be invited to register for their own personal dashboard.
  • Authors will receive monthly updates when there are new usage or citation metrics to report.
  • Metrics are gathered in real-time, meaning authors can check for updates whenever they want to.
  • Authors will be able to use their ScienceDirect / Scopus login details to gain access to their Dashboard.
  • Once the initiative has been fully rolled out, CiteAlert and Article Usage Reports will be discontinued.
  • Beta rollout began December 2014.
  • By the end of this year, most of our authors will have received a dashboard.

Useful information for editors

We believe that it's important to provide services to authors after they have published with us and to keep them informed about how their work in your journal is being received. In addition to strengthening our relationship, we hope this kind of enhanced publication-level metrics will encourage them to return to your journal with their next paper.

The following resources are available to help you communicate with your authors about My Research Dashboard and answer any questions they may have:

* FAQs
* About My Research Dashboard

For more information contact: MyResearchDashboard@Elsevier.com

* My Research Dashboard is the result of the combined efforts of Elsevier's Research Applications & Platform (RAP) and STMJ’s Marketing Communications & Researcher Engagement (MCRED) teams. It supports Elsevier's mission to combine data from our platforms and create tools for researchers that help them be in control of information, make valuable connections and deliver higher quality research.


Author biography

Inez van KorlaarDr. Inez van Korlaar (@InezvKorlaar) joined Elsevier in 2006. After three years in publishing, she moved to the marketing communications department of STM Journals. In her current role as Head of Project Management she is responsible for global marketing communication projects, which includes outreach to researchers in their role as an author. She has a PhD in health psychology from Leiden University in The Netherlands and is based in Amsterdam.


Archived comments

8 comments

Krishna Reddy says: March 15, 2015 at 1:50 am
Looking forward to further development

Edward J. Kansa says: March 17, 2015 at 4:38 pm
This seems to have great potential

Yuxia Jiao says: March 19, 2015 at 6:50 am
How about editors? Can editors have access to such data for the articles published in their journals?

Elizabeth Holmes says: March 20, 2015 at 9:25 am
Thanks so much for your question.
The Dashboard shows the performance of each article published by an author. These articles could have been published in a number of journals. This means that we are unable to give Editors access.

joy macdermid says: March 25, 2015 at 8:52 am
Editors should be invited early so they will be familiar with the dashboard a bit earlier than their authors

Elizabeth Holmes says: March 25, 2015 at 12:02 pm
Dear Joy,
Each author’s dashboard show the performance of all their articles – potentially across a number of journals – which means that a single dashboard might be of interest to many editors. The step involved in identifying each of those editors and opening up the relevant individual author dashboard to them is very complicated. It may well be something we can look at for the future but for now, editors won’t have access to the author dashboards (except their own, of course!).

Jie Ding says: March 27, 2015 at 3:26 am
I also agree that the editors should have the access to the dashboards.They can monitor the performance of each article whenever they want. If one one acticle attracts many attention in the community, the editors can let the author know proactively. The author will be very happy to get this info, which may strengthen the relationship as well. :)

Elizabeth Holmes says: March 27, 2015 at 1:57 pm
Thanks Jie Ding, we certanly will take your wish into account for future updates and changes to the Dashboard.

comments powered by Disqus

Share story: