Last week, we were pleased to announce the launch of our new professional networking platform, MyScienceOpen.
Fully integrated into our article archive of 32 million article records, and combined with our extensive researcher toolkit, MyScienceOpen is the only research networking platform you will ever need!
Now, this is not just another researcher profile. This is the researcher profile. Why have one profile for your research usage, another for you article records, another for your science communication activities, another to record your peer reviews, another for searching for research, and another for tracking citations and Altmetrics? It’s exhausting!
MyScienceOpen brings you all of these features into one platform. We make this even easier by leveraging the power of ORCID to make integration, tracking, and activation of your research one seamless process. All it takes is the click of a button!
Discover a new way to enhance your research
At ScienceOpen, we recognise the difference between discoverable and discovered. With more than 2 million articles published every year, how are you supposed to set yourself apart from the pack?
Thousands of users come to ScienceOpen every day for one main task: To discover research. Your research. We have added new features enabling you to quickly add extra metadata to your articles, including disciplines and keywords. By doing this simple task, you will give your research articles a massive discovery surge in our search engine. and database. This is about giving you the tools you need to maximise your discoverability among the masses! You can track the increase in usage you get by checking out the new ‘Statistics‘ tab on your profile. More on that soon!
As well as this, you can also choose to make your articles more aesthetically pleasing by adding images that show up in searches as well as the main article pages. Learn how to catch an eye, and you might catch a citation too!
Increase your impact in the open
At ScienceOpen, we also recognise the difference between access and accessibility. Just because a research paper is freely available, that does not mean that everyone will be able to read it and understand the content. We are facing a global information crisis, and increasing the uptake of scientific knowledge has never been more crucial.
Every scientific discipline has its own unique language, and every author has their own special style of writing. What we all need is to make sure that the maximum number of people possible can enjoy and re-use what we have discovered.
Every author on ScienceOpen now can now add non-specialist summaries to each of their articles as a way of making it more accessible to a non-specialist audience.
We think this is incredibly important for researchers to learn as a skill. After all, what’s the point in doing research if no-one can understand it?
What is the point in doing research if no-one can understand it?
By writing non-specialist summaries, researchers gain 3 major things:
- The ability to communicate with a different audience than your immediate research field.
- Increasing accessibility to your research at the point of discovery.
- The skill of a new style of writing.
Now, there are multiple platforms out there where you can write non-specialist summaries of your research. You can use blogs, Twitter, and other social networking platforms all for this. But the real issue with all of these is that things like blog posts, tweets, or summaries on an independent platform is that they are inherently disconnected from research articles themselves. It seems quite illogical to have a disconnect between where people are going to discover and access your research, and where you are writing about that research.
Providing non-specialist summaries on article records themselves makes them accessible at the point of access. Google Scholar, Web of Science, Scopus – none of these platforms do this. We give you the tools to save yourself and others time, increase the re-usability and impact of your work, and vastly increase your potential audience.
Science bloggers are already ahead of the game
If you’ve been savvy and already blogged about your research articles before, then that’s great! You can simply copy and paste these in – all text formatting and hyperlinks are preserved, and then away you go! If you haven’t blogged before, you can treat ScienceOpen like a dedicated place for blogging about your research. That way you don’t have the hassle of having another website to maintain, and can use all of our existing tools. It’s free, it’s easy, and it makes a real difference.
Additional key new features of MyScienceOpen include:
- Interactive visualizations of an author’s readers, citations, and Altmetric scores for all their publications through time;
- Extraction of articles as RIS, BibTex and Endnote citation metadata for your reference managers;
- Enhanced statistics for Collection Editors to track usage.