Scientific information seeking in the open network
Open Access publishing
Openness is one of the most important principles in scientific inquiry. Openness is supported, for example, by open access publishing, open research data and open research methods. Open access publications are freely available online to anyone, without subscription charges. In addition to open access journals and books, many universities and research organisations maintain open access repositories. The open digital repository of the University of Helsinki is Helda.
- Open access journals: DOAJ
- Open access books: DOAB
- Open access repositories: DOAR
- Open access ResearchGuide
Google Scholar and SFX linking
You can search for open scientific information using Google Scholar. It is a scientific version of Google. When you use Google Scholar for searching for information, remember to use the advanced search form. With it, you can make use of the most common information seeking techniques.
SFX linking provides you with access to resources procured by the library that are not openly available on the web. In the University of Helsinki network, you can find a direct SFX link from the Google Scholar search results to the library collections. In this case, there is the Fulltext – Univ. Helsinki link in connection with the found reference.
If you want the SFX link to be also displayed on a computer that is not in the University of Helsinki network, select Scholar settings and after that select library links. Enter Helsinki in the search box and add a checkmark to University of Helsinki in the search results. Finally, save the settings.
Research visibility in social media
Social media has transformed the roles of seeking and producing information. Information is no longer static, but rather dynamic. Information is produced and shared together online.
You can look for and follow-up scientific information with social media. Using the tools provided by social media is one way for scholars to present their research and teaching. Social media also offers a channel for interaction with other scholars in the same field. The open availability of research information is also easier and faster with social media.
Common social media include Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. They also provide scholars with an opportunity for sharing their research. Through these channels, other users can follow up the researchers’ work.
Many social media services offer their users the possibility to search for contents of a specific subject field using hashtags. A hashtag consists of a hash (#) and the term or a character string describing the subject field. Hashtags are commonly used, for example, on Twitter and Instagram. A hashtag functions best when it is not too general but, nevertheless, is easy for other users to find.
PlumX service makes possible to follow the impact and visibility of the publications by Helsinki University researchers. PlumX gathers the different kinds of metrics that are created when people interact with research output. These metrics give information about publication’s visibility on social media, downloads and views, bookmark capturing, blog posts and citations.
The Altmetric Explorer service collects data concerning the network visibility of research.