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Scholarly Communications at Georgia Southern University

Resources and services to support faculty and graduate students' scholarly work from conception to publication and promotion

New in Fall 2022! Metaliteracy: Scholarly Communications (MSC) Badge Track


The Metaliteracy: Scholarly Communications (MSC) badge track will assist faculty and graduate students in building knowledge of and skills in Scholarly Communications. Workshops will cover topics  throughout the research and publication lifecycle: author identifiers and scholarly profiles; journal quality and  impact; author metrics and impact; researchers’ rights as authors and the role of the University's institutional repository, Digital Commons; and data management planning and curation services.


  • Your Research Identity: Identifiers and Profiles, Facilitator: Ruth Baker (Sept. 6 & Sept 8)

Participants in this workshop will review some tools and techniques  to distinguish their work from other researchers or scholars, and ways to  enhance the promotion and dissemination of their work to others in their fields. Some examples include: author  identifiers, and online portfolios or profiles, to create a unique research or professional identity. Participants in the workshop will create a Google Scholar profile and/or claim their ORCID ID, or enhance existing profiles.

  •  Evaluating Journal Quality & Impact, Facilitator: Ruth Baker (Sept. 12 & Sept. 15)

Participants will explore tools for evaluating journal quality and appropriateness for publication, particularly how to avoid 'predatory' or exploitative journals and publishers.  Journal impact is often measured using quantitative methods such as citation counts, h-index, and journal impact factors; Impact can also be evaluated qualitatively. Activities during the workshop will include: retrieving journal metrics via Scimago (Scopus) and Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science).  Participants will  also gain  experience looking up Open Access (OA) journals using  lists and directories such as Beall’s list. Finally, we will review some popular bibliographic management tools for collecting and organizing publications and supporting literature.

Metrics help faculty understand their work and its impact. Knowing where to find - and how to share - metrics increases ways for faculty to measure and report on their successes. SelectedWorks profiles feature author dashboards that collect and organize data including readership, usage, and PlumX Metrics. This data can be used to support promotion & tenure dossiers, grant applications, annual evaluations, and more. In this workshop, learn how to access and use SelectedWorks author dashboards to enhance your scholarly narrative.

  • Researchers' Rights as Authors – Know & Protect Your Copyrights, Facilitator: Jeff Mortimore (Sept. 26 & Sept. 29)

Your copyrights are a valuable asset. Whether you are vetting potential publishers, signing a copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or reviewing the terms under which you previously published your work, take the time to understand your copyrights and how to protect them. In this workshop, we will analyze a number of representative CTAs and reuse licenses (attendees are invited to bring your own!), then discuss strategies for preserving your copyrights throughout the publication process.

  • Introduction to SciENcv for Federal Grant Applicants, Facilitators: Jeff Mortimore, Ruth Baker (Sept.26 & Sept. 28)

SciENcv is a My NCBI application that lets researchers create online professional profiles and assemble information needed for federal grant submissions. With SciENcv, you can document your education, employment, research activities, publications, honors, research grants, and other professional activities  as well as create profiles in official biographical sketch formats for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Beginning in early October 2022, the NSF requires that all Biosketches and Current and Pending Support documents used in grant proposals be created in SciENcv. In this workshop, we will cover the basics of accessing SciENcv; importing information from external systems like eRA, FastLane, ORCID, and Google Scholar; and creating, editing, delegating, and sharing Biosketches. This workshop is especially appropriate for researchers using SciENcv or creating Biosketches for the first time. Upon completion of this workshop, participants are able to:  Explain the purpose of SciENcv and how it is used in federal grant submissions; Create and populate a basic SciENcv Biosketch.

Data Management Planning, Facilitator: Jeff Mortimore (Oct. 3 & Oct. 6)

Many funding agencies and publishers require that research data be made publicly available as a condition of funding or publication. In this workshop, we will discuss the basics of data management planning, sharing, and archiving with emphasis on attendee's current research. We will look at example datasets and discuss strategies for preparing and licensing data for open access.