Presentation Type

Panel Discussion

Program Description

At Montana State University – as at many institutions– we spend a great deal of time counting research in dollars. What we did not spend much time doing was tracking and celebrating the research itself. Last year, in order to better understand our University’s research, the library began to collect research publication citation data. This data is used to publicly congratulate our researchers to promote a culture that values publications (in addition to grant moneys) and for gaining institutional repository submissions. The data has also proved useful for accreditation, outreach, and encouraging data sharing.

Once we discovered that no one on our campus knew about our research publications in aggregate it was clear that in order to promote and celebrate our publications, we first needed to identify them. The Montana State University Library built an app to capture citation information from various academic databases using RSS feeds and alerts since we found no open source tool to collect the citation information from faculty publications (app: https://arc.lib.montana.edu/msu-research-citations/ complete data model/primary files: https://github.com/msulibrary/msu-research-citations).

We use this up-to-date publication information to contact individual authors about IR submissions. This has increased the number of deposits in our IR and the number of researchers represented in the tool. Borrowing the marketing idea of a “pain point,” we chose instead to hit researchers at a “celebration point.” If we contact (usually by email) an author and ask for the appropriate version of an article at or near the time of publication, we are much more likely to have a positive interaction and add that item to our IR.

This talk will describe the reasoning, process and successes of this project and discuss our next steps for promoting academic content to the public through podcasts.

Start Date

12-7-2016 1:30 PM

End Date

12-7-2016 3:00 PM

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/26333

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Using Citation Collection to Encourage IR Deposits: The Celebration Point Method

At Montana State University – as at many institutions– we spend a great deal of time counting research in dollars. What we did not spend much time doing was tracking and celebrating the research itself. Last year, in order to better understand our University’s research, the library began to collect research publication citation data. This data is used to publicly congratulate our researchers to promote a culture that values publications (in addition to grant moneys) and for gaining institutional repository submissions. The data has also proved useful for accreditation, outreach, and encouraging data sharing.

Once we discovered that no one on our campus knew about our research publications in aggregate it was clear that in order to promote and celebrate our publications, we first needed to identify them. The Montana State University Library built an app to capture citation information from various academic databases using RSS feeds and alerts since we found no open source tool to collect the citation information from faculty publications (app: https://arc.lib.montana.edu/msu-research-citations/ complete data model/primary files: https://github.com/msulibrary/msu-research-citations).

We use this up-to-date publication information to contact individual authors about IR submissions. This has increased the number of deposits in our IR and the number of researchers represented in the tool. Borrowing the marketing idea of a “pain point,” we chose instead to hit researchers at a “celebration point.” If we contact (usually by email) an author and ask for the appropriate version of an article at or near the time of publication, we are much more likely to have a positive interaction and add that item to our IR.

This talk will describe the reasoning, process and successes of this project and discuss our next steps for promoting academic content to the public through podcasts.