Wednesday, 29 January 2014



4th February 2014 (Tuesday)
8.30 am -12.30 pm
Auditorium Level 11
Postgraduate and Research Tower
Faculty of Dentistry, UM
Speaker: Nader Ale Ebrahim, PhD   

Why increase citation? THE World University Ranking system, Definition of h-index and g-index and How to measure h-index?
How to use “Research Tools” Mind Map, Optimizing Title/Abstract for Search Engines, Selecting keywords
Target Suitable Journal, Types of publications and citations
Tea break - 8th Floor (Tutorial 6)
Strategies to increase citations, Targeted advertising, Copyright issue
Online CV & Select the best paper repository
Document Publishing, Networking, Trace published article citation
Q&A and closing

How the DOI number increases the discoverability of your book or paper? | Open ScienceOpen Science


How the DOI number increases the discoverability of your book or paper?

Just after I posted my previous piece about the open access publishing process,
I realized that some parts of the process mentioned in the graph have
not yet been discussed on the blog. The costs and benefits of the DOI
number and connected services were in my opinion the biggest gap, so
here I am filling it in.

The DOI stands for the Digital Object Identifier, and as you may have
already guessed, it is a unique number, which can be assigned to any
kind of digital object, such as a picture, graph, database or movie and
it is used in a variety of industries. It should be clear therefore that
this number is not any kind of certificate and its usage is not
restricted to scientific content. Although, the DOI number makes
referencing easier and scientists, after all, like references very much,
they are the most prolific users of the number. Finally, the DOI
database is maintained by a single organization – the International DOI Foundation, but there are several registrants of DOI numbers. One of such is CrossRef,
which is an association of scholarly publishers. Thus only scholarly
publishers who are a part of CrossRef can register DOI numbers for
scientific content.

Having a DOI number also means being indexed in the CrossRef metadata database,
which is widely used. But the DOI has one more big advantage – it is
persistent and it is connected to a location in the Internet that may be
variable. CrossRef stores data on the location of a paper, book,
database or graph that can be updated in case of any changes. A reader
trying to find your paper with a DOI number is much less likely to hit
the 404 error. So, that is why a growing number of researchers use the
identifier in references.

When you know the DOI of an article you can paste it into your web browser with a “” prefix to get, for example, “”, or search it on this website.
Using this method, rather than just following links in a bibliography,
you are less likely to hit the 404 error. What is more, if you do not
know the DOI number of an article you can find it here. If you note it down you or save it on your computer you can go back to the article even when its location has changed.

Moreover, the DOI is used by CrossRef to track citations. Although
this is not the only citation database, it is good to have your work
indexed everywhere. Altmetricss also use the number and thanks to Altmetric Bookmarklet you can use alternative measures for each article in the DOI system, even if its publisher does not support it.

is another feature offered by CrossRef and it tracks the more recent
versions of an article. For example when someone downloads a pdf file of
your paper and you then improve it, the reader can find the latest
version by clicking on the CrossMark logo in the pdf saved on the
computer. Of course this is only possible thanks to the DOI number.

As you can see the DOI number is quite useful, mostly for readers,
but it can also improve the discoverability of your work and allow you
to enjoy altmetrics.

The system is paid for by publishers, with an annual fee based on the
company’s gross publishing revenue, and there is no way to purchase a
single number. So, if you are a researcher and you want to get a DOI for
your book, dataset or paper, the easiest way is to find a publisher who
will offer it to you.

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Monday, 27 January 2014

Zenodo Launches!


Zenodo - Sharing Research Data across Europe - Making Science More Visible


Newly launched, Zenodo offers a one-stop-store for
research output. Created by OpenAIRE and CERN, and supported by the
European Commission, this new-generation online repository offers its
service from the OpenAIRE pan-European initiative, which expands the
linking of research output to datasets and funding information, in
European and national contexts.

Enabling everyone to Share and Cite Data

welcomes multi-disciplinary research data from any individual,
scientific community or research institution. Upload allowance is
generous (1GB) and can be used by institutions without their own data
repository. Based on the same concept as OpenAIRE, which gathers Open
Access publications across a variety of funding schemes, Zenodo provides
a rich interface to link objects together with funding information.

Supporting the long-tail of research output

Any data uploaded, or collections created are harvestable via OAI-PMH
by third parties: expose your collection to PubMedCentral or your local
institution. For research institutions who don’t want the overhead of
establishing their own data repository to support their researchers’
scientific output, this is a convenient solution. The repository accepts
any data without an obvious service at hand, in a variety of formats.
Zenodo fully encourages deposition under an open licence, and while it
will also accept other licence types, the Zenodo community will take a
lead in signalling the benefits of open licenses such as visibility and

Building Collections for Scientific Communities

Zenodo adds value in that it enables users to have
ownership over their unique community collections. For example, an EC
funded project might like to create a collaborative space for all its
research output, and can assign a range of licenses, including Creative
Commons, and each dataset and publication is assigned a DOI.
Chris Erdmann, Head Librarian at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for
Astrophysics, says, “This will be of great benefit to the global
research community. Institutions, together with scholarly communities,
are looking for flexible deposit solutions that allow the living
scholarly record to be easily curated, exchanged and cited. For the
research community, to have a trustworthy publication and sharing
mechanism for their scholarly activities at their fingertips, will be
hugely beneficial.”

Brian Hole, CEO at Ubiquity Press says “Zenodo is a welcome addition
to the options we provide our authors for publishing their data
alongside their research articles and data papers. I particularly like
the innovative way in which the upload system has been designed to be
quick and simple, which directly addresses one of researchers chief
complaints about data archiving - that it is time consuming. We will be
happy to suggest our authors deposit their underlying datasets at

Florida Estrella, Deputy Director of the European Middleware
Initiative (EMI) based at CERN, adds “Science has entered the age of
open. EMI connects scientists and will be able to employ Zenodo's
services in a transparent and reliable way”.

An easy-to-use workflow

Sign up now for an account at Zenodo and submit your research in easy steps (e.g. via Dropbox).


More Information

See more of Zenodo’s acquisition, preservation, access and reuse policies:

Support and general information

Questions related to European Commission funded research and OpenAIRE
OpenAIRE HelpDesk:

Frequently Asked Questions

OpenAIRE and Open Access in general:

Zenodo Launches!

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

HALF DAY WORKSHOP ON: Publication Marketing Tools


Publication Marketing Tools “Enhancing Research Visibility and Improving Citations”

IPPP is organizing a halfday workshop on increasing citations at Faculty of Medicine using "Research Tools" developed by Nader Ale Ebrahim. He has developed and introduced a method for increasing the visibility of the research which directly affects on the number of citations. Familiarity with the tools allows the researchers to increase their h-index in a short time. H-index shows the academicians influence in the specified field of research. The details of the workshop are as below :

Title         : Publication Marketing Tools "Enhancing Research Visibility and Improving Citations" 
Date         : 12 February 2014
Time        : 9.00 - 12.00 noon 
Venue      : Faculty Room, Level 5, Faculty of Medicine
*participants need to bring their own laptop/notebook if necessary

Publishing a high quality paper in scientific journals is only the mid point towards receiving citation in the future. The balance of the journey is completed by advertising and disseminating the publications by using the proper “Research Tools”. 

This workshop seeks to serve the following objectives:

• To increase a paper's visibility, accessibility,
• To improve the quality of the article title and keywords
• To search and analyze the right journal to submit.
• To disseminate the publications by using “Research Tools” in order to increase citation
• To trace the citation

This workshop is highly recommended for professors and lecturers at the Faculty of Medicine. However, postgraduate students and researchers who have published any papers and would like to increase their papers’ visibility and number of citations are encourage to join. The “publication marketing tools” uncovered at the workshop is useful across various research disciplines and research institutions. Participants should be familiar with using scientific databases and reference management software. Basic computer skills are a prerequisite to attend this workshop.
Nader Ale Ebrahim holds a PhD degree in Technology Management from the Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya. He holds a Master of Science in the Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tehran with distinguished honors. He has over 19 years of experience in the field of technology management and new product development in different companies. His current research interest focuses on E-skills, Research Tools, Bibliometrics and managing virtual NPD teams in SMEs’ R&D centers. Nader developed a new method using the “Research Tools” which help students who seek to reduce the research time by expanding the knowledge of researchers to effectively use the "tools" that are available on the internet. He was the winner of Refer-a-Colleague Competition and has received prizes from renowned establishments such as Thomson Reuters. Nader is well-known as the founder of “Research Tools” Box and the developer of “Publication Marketing Tools”.


This workshop is free of charge for all participants. 

If you are interested, kindly give your name to Miss Azra at 03-79677515 or via email azrahani [at] by 10/2/2014 (Monday)

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Google Scholar Citations


Scholar Citations
Google Scholar Citations provides a simple way for scholars to keep track of citations to their articles.

  • Authors can check who is citing their publications, graph citations over time and compute several citation metrics.
  • Authors can also create an automatically maintained public profile that lists all their articles.
  • An author's public profile can appear in Google Scholar results when someone searches for his name. (e.g., richard feynman).

General Questions on Scholar Citations
Find answers to these questions at the link above.

How do I create my profile?
 You can sign up for a Google Scholar Citations profile. It's quick and free.
Some of my articles are not in my profile. How do I add missing articles?
Some of the articles in my profile aren't mine. Why are they included in my profile?
How do I remove articles that aren't mine?
I deleted one of the articles in my profile by mistake. How do I fix this?
The description of one of my articles isn't correct. How do I fix it?
My profile shows the same article twice. How do I fix this?
I merged a version with 27 citations with the one with 4
citations. How come the merged article has 30 citations - shouldn't it
be 31?
Why is there a * next to my article's "Cited by" count?

Will my profile be visible to others?
How do I make my profile public?
How do I see what my profile will look like to others before I make it public?
How do I link to my public profile?
I have changed my mind about making my profile public. How do I make it private again?
My profile is already public. Is there anything else I need to do
to make it available for inclusion in Google Scholar search results?

Google Scholar Citations - more info
See the following links for additional help:
  • Google Scholar Metrics (use these to gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications)

Exploring Google Scholar Citations
Find answers to these questions at the link above.

How do I see the list of citations to one of my articles?
Click the "Cited by" number for the article.
How do I see the citation graph for one of my articles?
Click on the title of the article.
How do I get notified about new citations to one of my articles?
Why is the "Cited by" count for one of my articles crossed out?
I like other citation metrics. Do you plan to add the g-index or the e-index? Or maybe the w-index?
The number of citations to one of my articles is too low. I know
of several articles citing it that are not included in the list of
citations. What I can do to help fix this?