Each day during the week of October 4-8, 2021, there will be a new daily challenge for you to complete. Completing each daily task is optional - you can complete one day's challenge, a few days, or complete them all. Once you've completed that day's challenge, fill out our Google Form to let us know that you've participated.
Participants will be entered to win a prize package, which includes University Libraries' swag, ORCID swag, your scholarship featured on the Digital Scholarship@UNLV home page, and your scholarship showcased on University Libraries' social media.
Each day you enter increases your chances of winning, and these daily challenges will help you to:
If you have any questions, need assistance with a daily challenge, or want to learn more about ways to increase the reach and impact of your scholarship, please reach out to Christina Miskey, Scholarly Communication Librarian for Research Infrastructure, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is a free 16-digit identifier that authors can use to distinguish themselves from other researchers with the same or similar names and ensure that their research is correctly attributed to them (even when published under a different name). Having an ORCID iD also makes it easier to connect with other systems when submitting research for publication, applying for grants, and sharing your scholarship record with others.
Register for your ORCID iD in just four easy steps!
If you already have an ORCID account, then make sure you are connected to other systems (such as CrossRef or Scopus) so that your record gets updated automatically when new scholarship is published.
Did you know that you can make it easier to update your UNLVFolio account each year for your FAAR? It's quick and easy to connect your ORCID iD to your UNLVFolio account, and the best part is that you can pick and choose what gets imported into your Activities section.
For step-by-step instructions, check out the Importing Activities instruction guide.
Digital Scholarship@UNLV is UNLV's open access institutional repository that is a service provided by the UNLV University Libraries for faculty and students. Its mission is to capture, preserve, and share the intellectual output of UNLV faculty, staff, students, and their collaborations with other stakeholders. All scholarly and intellectual items in Digital Scholarship@UNLV are freely available and discoverable by anyone with an internet connection. Participating in Digital Scholarship@UNLV will increase the visibility and access to your research, provide insight into the use and reach of your scholarship, and preserve and provide access to your research for future generations.
It's quick and easy using the Digital Scholarship@UNLV Submission Form to submit a recent full-text version of your scholarly work. (Don't forget to check your publisher's copyright policy on open access first!)
Once your scholarship is posted, you will receive confirmation and a link to your new Author Dashboard, where you can monitor downloads and other usages (using alternative metrics) of your scholarship.
Twitter is a free social media site that shares posts in short 280-character posts and can be a useful networking tool for academics. Researchers can follow prominent members of their field, share their research with the world, discuss hot topics in their field, and follow conversations at conferences, among other things.
Share that you're participating in the challenge by using #UNLVImpactChallenge!
Now that you've created your Twitter profile, you can start spreading the word about your research! Provide a short explanation of what you're sharing, and don't forget to include a link so that people can access and read your scholarship. Including hashtags and tagging co-authors is also recommended to increase the likelihood that others will spot your post, share it, and visit the link.
Here are some examples to get you started:
You've probably heard of and possibly used Google Scholar as a scholarly search engine. Users can search for journal articles, conference papers, theses and dissertations, books, and more across the disciplines. Authors can create profiles using their Google accounts (like your UNLV.edu email address!) and claim authorship on their works that are available in Google's database.
Begin tracking your citations in Google Scholar in just 3 easy steps!
The h-index is an author-level metric that was designed to measure research quality over time, accounting for both the scholarly productivity and the research impact of the author. You can learn more about how the h-index is calculated on the Libraries guide to Bibliometrics and Altmetrics.
Authors can check their h-index in Google Scholar by visiting their profile and viewing the "Cited by" section on the right side of the screen. (Here is an example profile for you to check out.)
Telling the story of your research and how it has impacted your field, your university, and the world is an important part of being a scholar. For new scholars and new publications, it can take a little while for things like citations and metrics such as the h-index to catch up with the broader scope of the impact of your research. But, by using tools such as ImpactStory, you can find the online impact of your research.
Go to ImpactStory and create a free profile using your Twitter account (Day 3 of this challenge) and connect your ORCID (Day 1 of this challenge). It will pull information about your publications from there to give you a picture of the online impact of your work (also known as alternative metrics).
To learn more about altmetrics and how they work, check out these additional resources:
The following guides were used as resources for the creation of this challenge.