Quite a few of researchers at LiU are beginning to use ResearchGate, a social-media site of sorts for academics. At ResearchGate you can register your publications (title, authors, journal, abstract…) and we recommend it as a complementary distribution channel for your publications.
ResearchGate also sends (frequent) emails reminding authors about the possibilities and advantages of self-archiving (parallel publishing as we call it at LiU) and we are getting a lot of questions from researchers about whether it is legitimate and/or recommended. To upload your publications to ResearchGate is a good idea, as there are millions of researchers who use it to look for and get access to publications. It is ok to upload your publications to ResearchGate as long as you follow the rules for parallel publishing. Generally the same rules apply for parallel publishing in ResearchGate as in DiVA (most of the time authors' last draft and sometimes submitted version), sometimes there is an embargo period (meaning that the file cannot be uploaded to ResearchGate until a number of months after it appears on-line at the journal's website in final form) and sometimes there is a requirement for a specific copyright statement).
We recommend that you parallel publish in DiVA first (by sending us the files, so that we can create the correct version, and then upload the DiVA version to ResearchGate.
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Just before the summer, the Swedish Research Council (SRC, or VR in Swedish) updated their requirements for open access (OA) for publications resulting from work that they fund. For grants allocated 2010 and later, journal and conference articles resulting from work that SRC funds must be either published in a journal that is OA or made available via an OA database (e.g. a university repository) a maximum of 6 months after the original publication date.
After a couple of years of experience, SRC has now made the following modifications to their requirement:
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A long-standing problem for researchers as they have progressed through their careers is ensuring that their various activities (publications, grants, employment record…) are coupled to themselves; this has been particularly problematic for those with “common” names who have changed affiliation a number of times. To combat this historically, the larger publication databases (e.g. Scopus, Web of Science) introduced their own researcher identifiers but this obviously led to one having to keep track of a number of ID numbers and for those in areas not particularly well covered by these databases, it didn’t really help much in any case.
In October, 2012, ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) went live. This is an international system from which a researcher can get a unique identifier for use in most aspects of their professional activity. The organization includes representation from major universities (e.g. MIT, Harvard), publishers (e.g. Blackwell-Wiley, Nature) and funders (e.g. Wellcome Trust) and as such is becoming the de-facto standard for researcher ID. Many journals already make use of these IDs as are the larger international funders. In Sweden, Vetenskapsrådet and the other larger funders are in the process of building up an application system based on ORCID.
At LiU, ORCID can be included with publications registered in DiVA and behind the scenes, we have the tools to couple your ORCID to all of your registered publications (i.e. retroactively). What we strongly recommend is that you register yourself at ORCID and get an ID and then send that to us (email@example.com). We will retroactively add it to all your DiVA posts (it is searchable) and ensure that it is added to all your future posts. We will also pass the ID to LiU centrally, once a solution is developed there.
To get an ORCID:
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